Sunday, September 16, 2018: Bobbie Palmer–Surviving NaNoWriMo

A workshop on how to survive NaNoWriMo with tips, tricks, and ways to stay sane through the process. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. But… Read more »

Shannon Connor Winward

SPECIAL EVENT: Shannon Connor Winward: Their Stories / Our Stories: A Creative Writing Workshop for Parents of Special Needs Kids

Caring for a child with a diagnosis, disability or “difference” can be rewarding: sometimes we find strength we didn’t know we had; sometimes we find our purpose, hidden truths, treasures.  Other times we find ourselves alone, overwhelmed and frustrated. Often we feel all of this at once: up is down, left is right is wrong,… Read more »

Sunday, October 21, 2018: Joanne Reinbold–Haunted: How To Write An Outstanding Ghost Story

What do you think of when you think about ghosts? Haunted houses? Crazy campfire stories? Seances? Spirit possession? Episodes of the Ghost Whisperer, the Haunting of …, and Paranormal Investigation? You want to write a ghost story that grabs the attention of editors and readers, but how do you avoid cliché and write a ghost… Read more »

Sunday, November 18, 2018: Jean Youkers–“Getting Serious About Humor (Just Kidding!)”

This workshop will briefly explore the health benefits of humor, what makes us laugh and the different types of humor writing. Then, using illustrations and exercises, it will focus on the elements that are needed for writing humorous articles, such as exaggeration, surprise, relatability and self-deprecating humor. Attendees will be encouraged to write something to… Read more »

Sunday, December 16, 2018: Will Hahn–I Can Show You: World-Building So Sneaky the Reader Never Finds Out

Readers pick up your tale to enter a different place and time, to experience something new, to escape. Yet they dread that part of the story where the world-building happens. What’s a writer to do with such ungrateful wretches! In this presentation, Will Hahn demonstrates his tips for bringing in the information your reader must… Read more »