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 »

Sunday, January 20, 2019: The Writers Bloc–Panel & Roundtable with Tery Griffin, Kathy Maas, and Shannon Connor Winward

Join us for a special Delaware Writers Studio workshop dedicated to the dreaded “writer’s block.”  Local poet Shannon Connor Winward, creative non-fiction writer Kathy Maas, and fiction writer Tery Griffin will lead a panel and roundtable discussion on how to successfully navigate creative blocks, featuring stories of personal experience, tried-and-true coping strategies, and unique prompts… Read more »

Sunday, February 17, 2019: Jane Miller–Making Sense of Sound

How do sound and meaning converge? And what does it mean for your writing? This workshop will look at the sense our body makes of sound and how that translates into emotion and tone. That knowledge can help you identify why something “sounds” right or wrong and help you choose words that match intent and… Read more »

Sunday, March 17, 2019: Judith Reveal–Viewpoint / Point of View

Viewpoint / Point of View (POV) may be the most confusing technique to understand when writing fiction. Viewpoint is the identity and emotional focus of the person who relates the events of a story, i.e. the narrator. It is an important part of the relationship between writer and reader. It is about whose “eyes” we… Read more »

Sunday, April 14, 2019: Delaware Division of the Arts Grants & Opportunities for Writers

Learn how much the Delaware Division of the Arts has to offer to writers and how easy it is to participate. Information on who is eligible and the application process will be covered. You will also learn what the Delaware Arts Roster can do to get your work in the public eye and open up… Read more »

Billie Travalini

Sunday, May 19, 2019: Billie Travalini on Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is part narrative and part poetry. Since I tend to be image driven I think of it this way: Two people sharing a bed and neither is hogging the covers. Although most flash fiction stories are under 1,000 words, do not focus on word count. Do focus on beginning at a point of… Read more »

Sunday, June 16, 2019: Nancy Sakaduski–Common Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Even experienced writers make mistakes, but good writers learn to avoid the errors commonly made by novices that turn off editors, publishers, and readers. This workshop will cover a wide range of issues and provide hands-on exercises to help you identify flaws in your writing and learn how to fix them. Topics will include story,… Read more »

Sunday, July 21, 2019: JM Reinbold–When the River Runs Dry: Writing and Using Haiku for Relaxation and Creative Renewal

This class will begin with a brief explanation of modern Western haiku. After which, we’ll explore ways to use haiku as both a sitting and walking meditation for de-stressing and renewing creative energy. We’ll practice writing haiku using techniques of close observation and reflection. We will also look at ways in which haiku practice can… Read more »

Sunday, August 18, 2019: Barbara Norton–Writing a Novel? Why Not Make It a Series?

Once a reader finds a writer they enjoy and can count on for a “good read,” they tend to read that writer “in depth,” meaning they read everything else he or she has written. Writing a series builds loyalty among readers and sends them back hungry for additional stories featuring the same characters. That increases… Read more »

Sunday, September 15, 2019: Jack Clemons–Writing Creative Nonfiction (Whatever the heck that is)

Creative nonfiction writing is described as a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. This workshop will discuss examples of creative nonfiction from several writers including the instructor, highlight the differences between creative nonfiction and other genres, such as historical fiction or news reporting, and emphasize that accomplished… Read more »

Sunday, October 20, 2019: Denise Clemons–From the Plate to the Page–Food Writing

Who doesn’t like to talk about food? There are many different approaches to food writing and in this interactive workshop we’ll explore several of them. After examining illustrative examples, participants will experiment with a variety of ways to bring a tasty dish to life on the page. We’ll cover a number of forms (food blogs,… Read more »

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