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Nov
30
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
Wednesday, November 30th
Note
Pre-Recorded
Time
12:00am - 12:00am
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tiffany Reisz

Venue
Online
Nov
30
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
Wednesday, November 30th
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tiffany Reisz

Venue
Online
Nov
30
Can you write 50,000 words toward a novel in one month? Yes, you can! This ten-time National Novel Writing Month winner will teach you how to do it while living a busy life. The seminar includes strategies for meeting your word count, writing a quick first draft, and keeping track ...
Start Date
Wednesday, November 30th
Note
Pre-recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Jennifer Hester Mattox

Venue
Online
Dec
6
When it comes to roping in your reader, every page matters. We’ll explore and discuss the web of elements (character, plot, setting, style, etc.) that create a book that will keep the reader turning pages from start to finish. Tracee de Hahn is the author of the Agnes Lüthi mystery ...
Start Date
Tuesday, December 6th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
5:30pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tracee de Hahn

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Dec
10
The new date for this class is Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 am. For both fiction and non-fiction writers, the smallest building blocks of sensory detail can strengthen character, world, and setting in ways that will enthrall your reader and keep them reading until the last page. We’ll talk sensory ...
Start Date
Saturday, December 10th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Elizabeth Kilcoyne

Venue
Online
Jan
19
The young adult book industry has exploded over the past decade. Come learn the ins and outs of this popular market aimed at kids between the ages of 12–18 (but also enjoyed by many adults)! Bring an idea, a work in progress, or just your curiosity to explore how to ...
Start Date
Thursday, January 19th
Note
Meets Thursdays
Time
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$84
Instructor

Jackson Garton

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jan
23
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. Please bring a story or excerpt ...
Start Date
Monday, January 23rd
Note
Meets Mondays
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
$112
Instructor

Jason Sizemore

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Feb
6
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. Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has published more than 135 books for children with sales totaling more ...
Start Date
Monday, February 6th
Note
Meets Mondays
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
$84
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Address
Online
Feb
18
This seminar introduces the children’s market sub genres and provides pointers for targeting your story. Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has published more than 135 books for children with sales totaling more than 48 million copies world-wide. Marcia also serves as the Carnegie Center’s Author Services Coordinator ...
Start Date
Saturday, February 18th
Note
One time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Address
Online
Mar
16
Session I–Characters: Thursday, March 16, 5:45–7:15pm  If your characters are memorable, readers will follow their journey (and your book) to the end. We will discuss how to create a cast of characters that rings true. Are they larger-than-life? Do they fulfill necessary roles in your story? Are you simply in ...
Start Date
Thursday, March 16th
Note
Sessions I & II
Time
10:30am - 7:15pm
Cost
$65
Instructor

Tracee de Hahn

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Mar
16
If your characters are memorable, readers will follow their journey (and your book) to the end. We will discuss how to create a cast of characters that rings true. Are they larger-than-life? Do they fulfill necessary roles in your story? Are you simply in love with them, or do they ...
Start Date
Thursday, March 16th
Note
Session I
Time
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tracee de Hahn

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Mar
18
So, you’ve got your cast of characters, but what happens next? Your characters live at the center of the conflict of your story. What obstacles do they overcome? How does this moment in their life propel this exact story? We’ll talk about the tug of war between great characters and ...
Start Date
Saturday, March 18th
Note
Session II
Time
10:30am - 12:00pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tracee de Hahn

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Apr
1
ONLINE: Fourth Saturday of each month, April through September (May session will meet on May 20) This once-a-month workshop provides writers options for structuring their novels, developing pivotal plot scenes, writing prompts designed to help writers make progress, and group mentoring/brainstorming to help break through obstacles. Feel free to bring ...
Start Date
Saturday, April 1st
Note
Fourth Saturday of each month
Time
10:30am - 1:30pm
Cost
$150
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Address
Online
Apr
3
Find focus, gain confidence, and learn about writing fiction for kids through discussion, peer sharing, and writing exercises. Come with a work in progress or an idea for a story you would like to develop.  Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has published more than 135 books for ...
Start Date
Monday, April 3rd
Note
Meets Mondays
Time
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Cost
$128
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Address
Online
Apr
4
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, April 4th
Note
No class on April 25
Time
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$98
Instructor

Gavin Colton

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Apr
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. Sarah Combs is the author of the YA novels Breakfast Served Anytime and ...
Start Date
Wednesday, April 12th
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Time
11:00am - 1:00pm
Cost
$112
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Apr
15
Well-written dialogue can advance your plot, convey information, and create tension that lurks beneath the surface of the spoken language. This workshop will examine what good dialogue can accomplish using examples from contemporary fiction. Laurie Calkhoven is the author of more than 50 books for children, ranging from early readers ...
Start Date
Saturday, April 15th
Note
One time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Laurie Calkhoven

Venue
Online
Address
Online
May
6
OPTION 1–ONLINE & LIVE VIA ZOOM: Saturday, May 6, 11:30am–1:30pm • FREE OPTION 2–RECORDED VIDEO OF LIVE CLASS: After May 10 • FREE Link will be emailed to you within two days of registering (after May 10) This class is only available to registrants of the 2023 Books In Progress ...
Start Date
Saturday, May 6th
Note
One time
Time
11:30am - 1:30pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Jennifer Hester Mattox

Venue
Online
Address
Online
May
13
Mysteries can be crammed with fun, action, romance, and/or violence (depending on your preferences). We’ll explore various types of mysteries, tricks of the trade, and more. Whether you love cozy or hard-boiled, private eye or police procedurals, all mystery writers are invited to explore your options. Karen M. Leet has ...
Start Date
Saturday, May 13th
Note
One time
Time
10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Karen Leet

Venue
Online
Address
Online

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