SOLD OUT! Adult Writing Workshop: Editing Yourself
May
1
6:00 pm18:00

SOLD OUT! Adult Writing Workshop: Editing Yourself

  • Thurber Center

Whether you’re writing for a traditional publishing house or self-publishing, and whether your work is fiction or nonfiction, a well-edited book is a must. This class will help you master the basics: opening; closing; pacing; dialogue; description; characterization; plot; and making nonfiction as readable and exciting as the best fiction. We’ll do a few exercises and have a good time—and you should walk away with some good ideas for improving your manuscript.

Instructor: Gretchen Hirsch is Chief Surgeon at Midwest Book Doctors, and critically acclaimed author of several books. In the last four years she has edited approximately 15 books, and is currently at work on the fourth book by one of her favorite authors.

This workshop is sold out.

Finding the Funny: A Special Masterclass with Annabelle Gurwitch
May
4
6:00 pm18:00

Finding the Funny: A Special Masterclass with Annabelle Gurwitch

  • Thurber Center

New York Times bestselling author, Thurber Prize finalist, and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch leads a workshop on finding the funny in your story. Join Annabelle for two and a half hours of writing exercises and creative brainstorming. Annabelle will share her secrets for mining comedy gold in your writing. In her work as a humorist, essayist and performer, Annabelle has honed a process of finding humor on the page and on the stage. You’ll learn this process, which you can apply each time you sit down to write.

On Friday, May 5, Gurwitch will be doing a program as part of the Evenings with Authors series. Click here for more information about that event. You can attend the masterclass and program for one bundled price!

  • To attend the workshop only: $50
  • To attend both the workshop and Evenings with Authors event: $65

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Monday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.

The workshop is held at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Must be 18 to participate.

Click here to register for the workshop, or the bundled workshop and event.
Click here to purchase tickets for the Evenings with Authors event ONLY.

Adult Writing Workshop: Getting Ready to Write History
May
8
6:00 pm18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Getting Ready to Write History

  • Thurber Center

History is everywhere. If you want to write about it, this workshop will help get you started. We’ll talk about truth, bias, context, and evidence, and we’ll share pointers on organizing your research.

Instructor: David Gold is a retired attorney and historian with numerous books and articles to his credit. His publishers include Ohio University Press, himself, and every type of publisher in between.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  May 5, 4:00 p.m.

The Spring 2017 Adult Writing Workshops run from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue. You can attend as many as you like. Classes are $45 each, or $40 each if you choose three or more. Must be 18 to participate.

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Let’s Talk About Creativity: A Masterclass with Creativity Specialist, Nicole M. Gnezda, Ph.D.
May
13
9:00 am09:00

Let’s Talk About Creativity: A Masterclass with Creativity Specialist, Nicole M. Gnezda, Ph.D.

Have you tried to define Creativity? Wonder why you create? Need help generating ideas or going through the process? Have Writer’s Block? Leave ideas unfinished to start new ones? Feel like creativity is Heaven? and Hell?

Bring your thoughts, questions, and experiences to a conversation with Creativity Specialist Nicole Gnezda. Content will develop organically according to participants’ interests and be reinforced with research, visuals, and examples. You will engage in exercises to stretch your ability to think in new ways and help you develop those ideas into full, fresh works of art. Are you interested in creativity? Then, let’s talk!

Instructor: Nicole Gnezda is an artist, writer, Creativity Specialist, and retired teacher. She earned a Ph.D. in Creativity from The Ohio State University. She is the author of Teaching Difficult Students: Blue Jays in the Classroom, Create, and professional articles about creativity. She has been featured in several publications and won awards for her poetry. Niki also volunteers as an art therapist at the Homeless Family Foundation’s Dowd Center.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: May 10, 4:00 p.m.

This workshop is held at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Class tuition is $50. Must be 18 to participate.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Jumpstarting Your Romance Novel
Apr
24
6:00 pm18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Jumpstarting Your Romance Novel

  • Thurber Center

Each year, consumers buy 1.3 billion dollars in Romance Fiction.  It’s one of the most lucrative genres in which to write.  If you’re interested in trying your hand at writing a romance, or in any popular genre fiction, this class is for you. You’ll learn the basics to get started turning that story idea in your head into a publishable manuscript.  She’ll cover the basic structure for romance and any popular genre fiction novel, effective characterization, using “rooting interests” to grab your reader’s attention, and a review of the elements of a page turner.

Instructor: Donna MacMeans is the author of several historical romances published by Penguin Random and three independently published romances.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Adult Writing Workshop: Food Writing 101
Apr
17
6:00 pm18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Food Writing 101

  • Thurber Center

Bring your love of food and your longing to write and join the editor of Edible Columbus, as she introduces you to the world of food writing. Learn about famous food writers from the past, how to develop your voice as a food writer, what publishing platforms accept unsolicited submissions, and how to pitch ideas and pave your path to getting published. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Colleen Leonardi is a writer, editor, and managing editor of Edible Columbus, a member of Edible Communities, Inc., and winner of the James Beard Publication of the Year Award in 2011. She holds an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University and a B.A. from Bennington College.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

The Spring 2017 Adult Writing Workshops run from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue. You can attend as many as you like. Classes are $45 each, or $40 each if you choose three or more. Must be 18 to participate.

SOLD OUT! Adult Writing Workshop: Developing Your Character From the Inside Out
Apr
10
6:00 pm18:00

SOLD OUT! Adult Writing Workshop: Developing Your Character From the Inside Out

  • Thurber Center

Interesting characters make readers want to keep reading. But how can you make your own characters more compelling and authentic? In this class we’ll explore four ways to do just that, using desire, image, voice and action to bring your characters to life. We’ll read short story and novel excerpts as examples of effective ways to do this, and use fun writing exercises to turn drab characters into wildly fascinating people.

Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder’s short stories have been featured in several publications. Her essay, “In Transit,” won The Chattahoochee Review’s 2011 Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction and she was named the 2015 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence.

This workshop is sold out.

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Four Weeks, Four Poems with Maggie Smith
Apr
4
6:30 pm18:30

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Four Weeks, Four Poems with Maggie Smith

  • Thurber Center

Four Tuesdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25

This exciting four part poetry workshop runs April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue. Class tuition is $250 and covers all four classes. Must be 18 to participate.

The purpose of this intermediate poetry workshop is to broaden and deepen your knowledge of poetry and attention to craft. We’ll move through four prompts, each tackling either occasion or technique (persona poem, ode/elegy, etc.). We’ll read model poems and, through lessons and exercises, find unexpected ways to rise to that level of craft. You will produce a new draft every week and will take away targeted, motivating comments from an experienced poet and instructor, plus peer feedback. Plan to leave the course with fresh and revised drafts of multiple poems; refined skills to apply to your work; and a clearer sense of your strengths and unique voice.

Instructor: Maggie Smith is the author of Weep Up, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, and three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems appear in the Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Smith is a freelance writer and editor. In 2016, her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: March 28, 4:00 p.m. (Registration deadline has passed.)

Adult Writing Workshop: Memoir in Motion - How to Begin and How to Keep Going!
Apr
3
6:00 pm18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Memoir in Motion - How to Begin and How to Keep Going!

  • Thurber Center

A look at what is needed to simply begin the memoir process, how to call on all things to support you on this uniquely personal journey, and how to sustain the creative and emotional energy required to keep it going to the end.

Instructor: Alexis Wilson currently works as a book coach to aspiring writers, is working on her next book with her daughters about the mother/daughter relationship, as well as adapting her first book (Not So Black and White) into a musical for the Broadway stage.

The Spring 2017 Adult Writing Workshops run from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue. You can attend as many as you like. Classes are $45 each, or $40 each if you choose three or more. Must be 18 to participate.