Adult Writing Workshop: Getting and STAYING Motivated to Write
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Getting and STAYING Motivated to Write

You have a novel floating around in your head, but for reasons that you can’t explain, you haven’t started typing. Or, you started work on novel, but progress stopped. Edgar-nominated author Robin Yocum will lead a class on helping you get over the impediments that keep you from writing your first novel. Robin will teach you his method for not only starting a novel, but also for maintaining the momentum. This will include discussion on goal-setting, creating a beginning and ending, and the tricks that will keep you working to completion.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Get Writing! Mechanics, Techniques, and Inspiration
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Get Writing! Mechanics, Techniques, and Inspiration

Join Melissa L. Weber for the writer’s trifecta: The Best Grammar Refresher (Or, “I can’t remember indirect objects, but this sentence just doesn’t sound right”), a review of literary techniques (remember alliteration?), and motivational tips (find the time and the energy to put words on paper—or fingers to keyboard). Plus, she will provide an annotated “best reading about writing and creativity” book list.

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Master Class: Write a Story Start to Finish
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Master Class: Write a Story Start to Finish

In this three-hour master class, we’re each going to write a short story from beginning to end. Sound ambitious? You’re damn right, but it's doable. We’ll start by breaking down the narrative elements of a story, take a look at structure, do a quick sketch of scenes, then get to work. Bring your writing implements of choice (paper and pen, computer, tablet, etc), the belief that you can do this, and the biggest coffee you can carry.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Revise Like a Rockstar: Editing Strategies for Prose
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Revise Like a Rockstar: Editing Strategies for Prose

Many writers dread the act of revision, particularly after they have just completed a draft. Sometimes the mere idea of editing a draft can be daunting, but strong editing is one of the sharpest tools in a writer’s toolbox. In this workshop, we will use a sample draft and practice several revision methods. At the end of this workshop you’ll have strategies to take back to your own work.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Introduction to Writing Satire
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Introduction to Writing Satire

Satire is often called "the comedy of outrage." In this lively workshop, learn to channel injustices large and small into satirical comedy pieces that make people laugh and think. Participants will learn the building blocks of comedic satire as well as helpful exercises and tools to turn a clever idea into a great, publishable piece. The workshop includes some writing time, so please bring a notebook and pen or a laptop.

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Adult Writing Workshop: So You Want to Be a Travel Writer?
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: So You Want to Be a Travel Writer?

If you love to write and also love to travel, writing travel stories for newspapers, magazines, or online sites may be a way to pick up some extra cash while combining your two passions. Learn how to find potential markets and how to entice editors with story ideas. We will discuss techniques for writing a query letter that will get noticed, as well as tips about crafting the piece once you've landed the assignment. Come to class with a good travel story idea and we'll spend time drafting a short query letter to an editor in hopes that you'll land the assignment.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Crafting the Personal Essay
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Crafting the Personal Essay

We all have perceptions about the experiences in our lives. But how do we transform them onto the page? The personal essay is a powerful way to explore these ideas more deeply. In this workshop, we’ll learn techniques for writing the personal essay and we’ll experiment with several forms to help you begin that first draft.

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Adult Writing Workshop: Ready, Set, Query: Finding a Literary Agent
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Adult Writing Workshop: Ready, Set, Query: Finding a Literary Agent

So you finished your manuscript—now what? If you want to pursue a path toward traditional publishing, you'll want a literary agent to represent you. This workshop will explore what an agent does, why it's good to have one, and (most importantly) how to go about finding the right agent for you. We'll go over what makes a great query letter and how to write one, developing a synopsis for your work, industry etiquette, and what to do if you get "the call" from an agent who is interested in your work. Bring a 1-2 paragraph description of your manuscript and get ready to dive into the crazy journey that happens after you type THE END.

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