Adult Writing Workshop: Building Your Author Platform: How to Build a Network and Audience to Attract Book Publishers
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Building Your Author Platform: How to Build a Network and Audience to Attract Book Publishers

In today's climate, publishers still care about content . . but they increasingly also care about an author's “platform.” Even a great premise may be passed by if an author is perceived to have insufficient connections or social heft to sufficiently propel the book's promotion. What's a non-celebrity author to do? This workshop, taught by writer, satirist, editor, and author Brooke Preston, will help authors and potential authors identify, build, and present their platforms on social media, book proposals, and in "real life,” and position themselves and their work to become more desirable to publishers. Brooke will share firsthand information gathered in meetings with numerous top publishing imprints to help optimize your personal network and brand for publishing success.

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Master Class: Creativity, Mechanics, and Motivation for Writers
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Master Class: Creativity, Mechanics, and Motivation for Writers

Join creativity consultant Nicole M. Gnezda, PhD and writing instructor Melissa L. Weber, MA for a unique master class that will help you tap into your creative resources. You will develop a deeper understanding of the creative process, learn to generate better ideas, receive editing and grammar tips, and work with two professionals to develop your voice and writing style. 

Nicole will discuss the why, where, and how of creative ideas to help students better understand their creative personalities, thinking styles, and emotions. Melissa will present a brief and entertaining grammar refresher and a review of literary techniques, as well as tips to clarify your writing process. Nicole and Melissa will listen, answer questions, and provide encouraging feedback.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Creating Compelling Characters Through Setting (Fiction) - SOLD OUT
May
6
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Creating Compelling Characters Through Setting (Fiction) - SOLD OUT

In Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman, and Stewart O’Nan’s Last Night at the Lobster, mundane settings such as a train car and a Red Lobster become fascinating backdrops to characters we suddenly care about. How do they do it and how can we as writers emulate these efforts? In this workshop, we’ll learn and practice techniques for creating memorable fictional characters by using place as a character itself. We’ll read short story and novel excerpts to help us understand the ways in which writers draw on the five senses to create authentic, three-dimensional characters.

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Adult Writing Workshop: How to Pitch Your Piece the Way Editors Wish Everyone Would
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: How to Pitch Your Piece the Way Editors Wish Everyone Would

In this workshop, Brooke Preston (writer, satirist and Co-Founder/Editor of The Belladonna Comedy) will help writers learn how to identify the best potential home for their piece, use submission guidelines to their benefit, avoid common pitfalls, and craft the kind of pitch editors love, in order to optimize your odds and strengthen editorial relationships. We'll cover tricky pitches like what to do with a timely piece, when to send an idea versus a full work, and we'll even begin to craft and provide feedback actual pitches in class.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Collage: Storytelling, One Fragment at a Time - SOLD OUT
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Collage: Storytelling, One Fragment at a Time - SOLD OUT

Much like a visual cut-and-paste collage, literary collage is a fun and unusual way to tell a story. Collage uses short semi-linked vignettes to make a distinctive stamp on a story, whether fiction or nonfiction. Collage can reveal striking contrasts on a theme and illustrate how the unsaid parts of a story can have dramatic, reflective, or humorous impact. In this workshop, we’ll do some writing exercises using a structured three-part pattern, followed by informal techniques with every day items such as photos, phone texts, and grocery and to-do lists — to develop stories that resonate.

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Master Class: Pick the Brain of a Well-Established Author and Plan Your Writing Attack!
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Master Class: Pick the Brain of a Well-Established Author and Plan Your Writing Attack!

You want to write a novel, but you’re uncertain how to start, worried that you won’t be able to finish, or confused on how to get your finished product into print. Don’t worry. In this master class taught by Central Ohio author Robin Yocum, you will cover all aspects of getting your book into print. Start with concept and character development. Move on to outlining and writing. Discuss the tricks needed to get you past writer’s block and over the hump to completion. Chart a plan of attack for getting an agent and into print. A large portion of the class will be Q&A so that you can get your specific questions answered.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Writing Your Children's Book
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Writing Your Children's Book

Do you dream of writing a children’s book? Maybe you have lots of great ideas, but don’t know where to start. It’s time to stop dreaming, and get to work. Andra has published three children’s picture books. She will share her experiences about storylines, manuscripts, editors, illustrators, and publishers. Bring your ideas and stories. We’ll have fun learning and sharing together!

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Adult Writing Workshop: Crafting the Personal Essay - SOLD OUT
Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Crafting the Personal Essay - SOLD OUT

Are you looking for ways to transform your memories on to the page? Memory is an evocative thing, and in some cases, a ceaseless tyrant. The personal essay is a powerful way to explore these ideas more deeply to create a compelling narrative. In this workshop, we’ll learn and apply techniques for writing memory as personal essay, including how to “unpack” transformative moments about a person, place, or thing. By the workshop’s end, you’ll leave with at least three drafts to get you started, as well as tips for how to keep writing—and revising.

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