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Oct
15
Can you write 50,000 words toward a novel in one month? Yes, you can! This nine-time National Novel Writing Month winner will share with you how it’s done while living a busy life. The seminar includes strategies for meeting your word count, writing a quick first draft, and keeping track ...
Start Date
Friday, October 15th
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Jennifer Hester Mattox

Venue
Online
Jan
1
The plot is the most basic element of a novel, and yet learning to plot is often the hardest challenge of the fiction writer. What is a plot? Are there different types? Do I need to outline? How do I learn how to plot? In this seminar, we’ll answer all ...
Start Date
Saturday, January 1st
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tiffany Reisz

Venue
Online
Jan
1
Setting in a novel isn’t simply the background to your story. It’s another character! Learn why the right setting can make or break your novel, how to choose the best setting for your story, how to research that setting without leaving your house, and how to develop your setting with ...
Start Date
Saturday, January 1st
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tiffany Reisz

Venue
Online
Jan
10
Join an imaginative, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in these forms of fiction. This is a chance to learn sci-fi and fantasy writing tips, get feedback from others, and gain confidence as you write in these genres. Horror is also welcome. For all ...
Start Date
Monday, January 10th
Note
Meets Mondays; No class January 17
Duration
January 10th - March 7th
Time
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost
$112
Instructor

Brittany Jackson

Venue
Online
Jan
12
This is an opportunity for fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience. Through hands-on writing exercises and discussion of contemporary fiction, we will examine such nuts-and-bolts elements as voice, point of view, mood, and plot. For all levels. Sarah Combs is the author of the YA novels Breakfast Served ...
Start Date
Wednesday, January 12th
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Duration
January 12th - March 16th
Time
11:00am - 1:00pm
Cost
$160
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second Street
Jan
13
Would you like to learn how to write fiction? This interactive six-week skill-building workshop is ideal for newer writers or those new to fiction. Each week, we’ll explore, discuss, and do in-class practice exercises for one area of focus: plot & point of view, setting & theme, characterization, action, description, ...
Start Date
Thursday, January 13th
Note
Meets Thursdays
Duration
January 13th - February 17th
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
$84
Instructor

Lisa Haneberg

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second Street
Jan
15
Who are your characters? How well do you know them? What do they care about? And why will readers care about them? Join us for this class on one of the most important building blocks in writing. What makes a character come alive on the page? Let’s find out. For all ...
Start Date
Saturday, January 15th
Note
One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35; $80 for Compelling Characters Package
Instructor

Karen Leet

Venue
Online
Jan
18
Writer George Saunders says, “When you read a short story, you come out of it a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” This short story workshop will nurture the artistic impulses of writers who want to craft rich and meaningful short stories ...
Start Date
Tuesday, January 18th
Note
Meets Tuesdays
Duration
January 18th - March 22nd
Time
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$140
Instructor

Gavin Colton

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second Street
Jan
22
This seminar introduces the children’s market subgenres and provides pointers for targeting your story. For beginning levels. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 million copies worldwide ...
Start Date
Saturday, January 22nd
Note
One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Jan
29
Characters and conflict make a story. If your characters are memorable, readers will follow their journey (and your book) to the end. We will work through steps for creating a cast of characters that ring true: the protagonist, antagonist, and all of the supporting cast. Which are larger-than-life? Which fill ...
Start Date
Saturday, January 29th
Note
One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tracee de Hahn

Venue
Online
Feb
7
You don’t have to be an artist to write picture books! This workshop focuses on structuring, writing, and formatting your idea into a book perfect for the picture book market. For all levels. Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children with ...
Start Date
Monday, February 7th
Note
Meets Mondays
Duration
February 7th - March 14th
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
$84
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Mar
19
Think about a favorite book or movie. Is there a line of dialogue everyone can quote? Dialogue is more than the exchange of information. It reveals something about the story or about the character who spoke. A few words of dialogue can convey background, emotion, age, class, and more. At ...
Start Date
Saturday, March 19th
Note
One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35; $80 for Compelling Characters Package
Instructor

Tracee de Hahn

Venue
Online
Apr
23
This once-a-month workshop provides writers options for structuring their novels, developing pivotal plot scenes, writing prompts designed to help writers make forward progress, and group mentoring/brainstorming to help break through obstacles. For intermediate/advanced levels. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children ...
Start Date
Saturday, April 23rd
Note
This class meets on the fourth Saturday of every month, April through September.
Time
10:30am - 1:30pm
Cost
$150
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online

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