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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
Time
12:00am - 12:00am
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
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
Jun
20
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 at least an idea for one. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 ...
Start Date
Monday, June 20th
Note
Meets Mondays ONLINE
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
$128
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Sep
12
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. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books ...
Start Date
Monday, September 12th
Note
Meets Mondays
Time
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Cost
$128
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Sep
14
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 The ...
Start Date
Wednesday, September 14th
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Duration
September 14th - November 16th
Time
11:00am - 1:00pm
Cost
$160
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Sep
19
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, September 19th
Note
Meets Mondays
Duration
September 19th - November 7th
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
$112
Instructor

Jason Sizemore

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Sep
24
Writers will learn what they need to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, from how write-ins work to structuring plot and characters. Join other NaNoWriMo writers to discuss potential plans for writing a novel in 30 days. We will go over how to set up a NaNoWriMo ...
Start Date
Saturday, September 24th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Hayley Garrett

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Oct
6
Can you write 50,000 words toward a novel in one month? Yes, you can! This two-time National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 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 ...
Start Date
Thursday, October 6th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Christine Van Zandt

Venue
Online
Nov
5
The simple formula for plot: give your character a desire and then prevent them from obtaining that desire until they change. But people are more complicated and now more than ever readers desire characters that they can relate to–or characters who challenge their world views. We’ll thoroughly examine character motivation ...
Start Date
Saturday, November 5th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Elizabeth Kilcoyne

Venue
Online
Nov
19
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 detail and engage in exercises to better utilize imagination as well as the ...
Start Date
Saturday, November 19th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Elizabeth Kilcoyne

Venue
Online
Dec
3
Genres like fabulism, slipstream, and magical realism are known for blurring the boundaries between the fantastic and the mundane. This blurring often results in stories that feel familiar, yet new, and that allow the author to explore complex themes in an accessible way. In this class, we’ll dig into the ...
Start Date
Saturday, December 3rd
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Ashley Blooms

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
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.

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Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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