Adult Writing Workshop: Revise Like a Rockstar: Self-Editing Strategies for Creative Nonfiction (Sept. 11 & 18)
Sep
11
to Sep 18

Adult Writing Workshop: Revise Like a Rockstar: Self-Editing Strategies for Creative Nonfiction (Sept. 11 & 18)

Many writers dread the act of revision, particularly after just completing a full draft. In this two-part workshop, we will explore how the art of revision can be one of the sharpest tools in your writer’s toolbox. On September 11th, bring in a short draft between 800-1000 words (this may be an excerpt from a longer nonfiction work) and we will examine and define the piece’s motivating energy. On September 18th, bring a full draft (30 pages max) and we will explore revision through visual mapping.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Bringing Your Characters to Life (Sept. 25 & Oct. 2)
Sep
25
to Oct 2

Adult Writing Workshop: Bringing Your Characters to Life (Sept. 25 & Oct. 2)

Are your characters lying listless on the page? Are you in search of ways to make them more compelling and authentic? In this new two-part class aimed at writers at all levels, we’ll explore several techniques, including mimicry and dialogue, to develop and bring your characters to life. We’ll read short story and novel excerpts as examples of effective ways to do this. All you’ll need is pen and paper. Get ready for fun writing exercises to help turn those drab characters into wildly fascinating people.

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Master Class: First Chapters, First Impressions with Critically Acclaimed Author Katrina Kittle
Oct
7
9:00am 9:00am

Master Class: First Chapters, First Impressions with Critically Acclaimed Author Katrina Kittle

The opening of your story or novel has a huge list of responsibilities. The opening is the first impression—for agents, for editors, and for readers. The opening must create a story “promise” and pull the reader into the story world. It sets events in motion and establishes a mood and tone. As readers, we hear a voice and sense the story’s purpose…and decide whether or not to keep reading. This intensive class will offer tips to hone an opening, as well as warn you of traps and pitfalls to avoid. We’ll look at plenty of published samples. You don’t need to have a completed draft or even a polished opening to benefit, but bring your first page if you have one.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Keep Calm and Self-Publish (Oct. 16 & 23)
Oct
16
to Oct 23

Adult Writing Workshop: Keep Calm and Self-Publish (Oct. 16 & 23)

So you’ve got a book (or the beginnings of a book) and want to self-publish. That’s fantastic…but how do you do it? Join Katherine Matthews for two sessions that will get you rolling on your journey to publication. During the first evening, you’ll design a plan for transforming your manuscript into a book. On the second evening, we’ll delve into the nitty-gritty details of working with Amazon’s CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. Be sure to bring your laptop!

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Master Class: Writing Mediation for Story Development Using Play with Professional Storyteller Kevin Cordi
Oct
21
9:00am 9:00am

Master Class: Writing Mediation for Story Development Using Play with Professional Storyteller Kevin Cordi

As writers, we often ask for help when a story is finished. However, this is not always the most productive way to work on a story. Why not play with ideas as the story is shaping up?  There is much to be gained by using spoken/written proven playful exercises.

For this master class, bring a story or a story idea that is not fixed, but instead is one that you want to play with in the company and support of others. It can simply be a story spark that we will help ignite. Using methods not common in writing circles, learn how you can find deep listeners of your narrative and methods for story mediation for your work. During this time, we will actively engage in shaping and re-shaping your story ideas. You will walk out not with one direction, but many for your story.

Learn how you can expand the goals of your work by giving yourself "permission to play." Award-winning professional storyteller and writing coach Kevin Cordi, Ph.D. welcomes both new and experienced writers to this class.

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