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Sunday, April 15, 2018: John Micklos, Jr.–Writing for Children and Young Adults

Writing for Children and Young Adults From poetry to picture books, from nonfiction to novels, writing for children and young adults can be both personally and professionally satisfying. Learn how you can get involved in this competitive, but rewarding, field. Novices and more seasoned writers alike will get valuable tips on: Finding appropriate book and… Read more »

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Sunday, March 18, 2018: Gitu Barua–Writing Place – The Geography of the Heart

Writing Place – The Geography of the Heart Workshop by Mahasveta (Gitu) Barua Joan Didion said, “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”  When we write, we think carefully… Read more »

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Sunday, February 18, 2018: Lisa Lutwyche–Who am I? Character & Dialogue

Writing real Dialogue and believable Characters are essential skills for writers of all genres, not just scriptwriters. This is a writing workshop for any writer who wants to exercise character development and to create dialogue that sounds authentic. Who are we?  What do we want to say? Narrative Hook/Basic storytelling elements Do you have a story… Read more »

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Sunday, January 21, 2018: Grants & Opportunities for Artists Step-by-Step

with Roxanne Stanulis, Program Officer, Artist Programs and Services and Ramona DeFelice Long, writer and editor Learn what services are available to writers, including who’s eligible for grants and fellowships and what’s involved in the application process. All services are free. Learn how much the DDOA has to offer you and how easy it is… Read more »

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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, 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 »

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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, 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, 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, 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, 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 »