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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 »

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Sunday, July 21, 2019: Lisa Lutwyche–Get Your Playwright On

Playwright Lisa Lutwyche explores five elements of creating scripts for the stage. The audience has to sit there and listen, in the dark. What are we offering to them? We will discuss what it means to write in “real time,” how to create memorable, believable characters, how to “hear” their dialogue, an understanding of how… Read more »

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

Flash fiction is part narrative and part poetry. Most flash fiction is under 1,000 words, but do not focus on word count. Do focus on beginning at a point of high conflict—usually an image–and not letting go until the image takes you where it wants you to go and says what it wants you to say…. Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »