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Sunday, November 19, 2017: Gail Husch–Writing Historical Fiction

Is the past a foreign country, or is the past never really past? What makes a novel or short story an example of historical fiction?  In this workshop, we’ll discuss the particular questions and challenges that arise when writing a work defined as “historical, “ including how to balance historical accuracy with the needs of… Read more »

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Sunday, March 19, 2017: Nancy Sakaduski on writing contests

This presentation/workshop will focus on whether to enter contests (what’s to be gained for new or  experienced writers), how to evaluate “good” and “bad” contests (and what are some red flags), and how to give your entry the best chance to win (what judges look for, how to read submission guidelines, etc.). Nancy Sakaduski is… Read more »

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Sunday, April 9, 2017: Denise Clemons on world building

How you feed your characters informs your world and adds depth to your stories. Do you recall a passage from a novel or story where the smallest detail illuminated a character or setting? And have you ever found a jarring inconsistency that pulled you completely out of the narrative? Drawing on examples from current fiction,… Read more »

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Sunday, May 21, 2017: Dennis Lawson on mystery/noir

The Workshop In this workshop, we will discuss the major elements of developing and writing a mystery, including: crafting a plot; creating a hero (amateur vs professional investigator); creating a villain with motive, means, and opportunity; sprinkling clues and red herrings; and wrapping it all up with a satisfying denouement. We will also discuss mystery… Read more »

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Sunday, June 18, 2017: Billie Travalini on memoir

The Workshop: Memoir: Dialectic of Past and Present “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell Memoir allows those who have been left out of the conversation to have their voices heard. However, for many emerging and professional writers, the very nature of… Read more »

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Sunday, July 16, 2017: Marcella Harte on working with artists

Finding an Illustrator: Do you have an amazing book idea? Are you unsure whether it needs the perfect illustrator to make it complete? This workshop will help you come to a decision, as well as introduce you to resources and information about finding and working with an experienced artist. Marcella Harte has been fascinated with art… Read more »

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Sunday, August 20, 2017: Rebecca Dowling and JM Reinbold on working with your local indie bookstore

Rebecca will be presenting on how to work with your local indie bookstore, including consignment, signings, events & self-marketing. Joanne will discuss the Hockessin Art & Book Fair, registration, fair prep and table dressing.   Rebecca Dowling is the Owner of The Hockessin Book Shelf, a new & used bookstore in Hockessin De which has been open… Read more »

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Sunday, September 17, 2017: Lois Hoffman–Write! Publish! Sell!.

  Whether you want to write a book as a marketing tool for your business, for your career as a writer, or as a creative hobby, find out how YOU can self-publish a book and sell it online on sites such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. This course will take you on a tour… Read more »

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Sunday, October 15, 2017: Shannon Connor Winward–You Must Submit: How to Shop Your Writing to Magazines, Journals and Publishers

So you’ve written an article, poem, essay or story.  You’ve tightened and revised it, polished ’til it shines.  Now what? In this workshop, we will explore the submission process, from targeting markets to hitting “send” and everything in between. Learn how to format your manuscript, craft a cover letter, navigate submission platforms  and improve your… Read more »