• 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, and the only thing we’re sure of is that we love our kids to the moon and back—even when we’re so tired we forget to say so. Of all the tools in the special needs’ parents toolbox, writing can be one of the most powerful. […]

  • 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 it’s not as easy as it might sound!   About the Writer Bobbie Palmer is a Delaware writer who writes Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, and Murder Mysteries. She’s been writing since elementary school and hasn’t been able to stop. She spent 2 years as a […]

  • Sunday, August 19, 2018: Pat Valdata–“A Room of One’s Own: Writer’s Retreats and Residencies”

    The Workshop In “A Room of One’s Own: Writer’s Retreats and Residencies,” Pat Valdata will discuss how to select a residency or retreat from the many hundreds of possibilities that are available nationwide as well as overseas; how to use your time productively, if you are fortunate enough to be admitted to one; and how to find creative alternatives if you can’t attend a traditional residency.   About the Writer Pat Valdata is an award-winning poet and novelist with an MFA in writing from Goddard College. She has twice received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. In […]

  • Sunday, July 15, 2018: Devon Miller-Duggan–Discipline, Poetry, and Your Crazy Life

    Here’s the great thing about poetry: It may work best when you get up at 5 every morning and write for 2 hours, but it can also fit nicely into the odd pockets of a crazy life precisely because it’s a generally short-burst production.  Discipline is great, but some of us have ADD (or lives that look like we do) and need to make a writing life work anyway. Prompts are great. Keeping weird lists of words, lines, ideas–all great. The big trick is understanding that poems are necessary in so many ways and then finding out how to make […]

  • Sunday, June 17, 2018: Judith Reveal–The Five Scribes

    The Five Scribes A discussion about description would be shallow without discussing the five senses. In order to captivate the reader and keep his/her interest, the writer must develop a relationship with all of the fives senses. With this discussion, Judy will help the author understand how the senses make the reader aware of character and setting the way they become aware in real life.   About the Writer Judy Reveal is an author, editor, book reviewer, and book indexer. She has presented on Viewpoint/Point of View; Description and the Five Senses; and Editorial Expectations among other topics. She has […]

  • Sunday, May 20, 2018: Robin Glanden–Write It Down, Speak It Out

    Write It Down, Speak It Out: Finding your voice in writing and reading your work. Why do some writers who get up to read what they’ve written start by apologizing for their work? Why do some readers put their heads down and mumble quickly through their prose or poetry? Why do some open mic participants go over the time limit in a venue and get frustrated when they get cut off mid-sentence? What keeps writers silent – afraid to submit and/or read their work, even if they long to share it and see it published? This workshop is designed to […]

  • 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 magazine markets for children’s writing Learning what topics will sell Crafting query letters or book proposals The art of writing and revising (then revising some more) Using an agent A look behind the scenes at the publishing process Exploring self-publishing options This workshop setting will […]

  • 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 about character, plot, dialogue and setting. But often setting can be more than just a separate element. Place can be part of character. All of us remember reading works where the place is so clearly described, that we can see it in our minds. We […]

  • 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 to tell?  Do your characters? Who are your characters and why are they necessary? What makes Character? Dialogue; How do people Speak? The Art of Eavesdropping/Listening to learn to speak Allowed to tell the story/Point of View Monologues and speeches Language/dialect/culture What’s Happening? What’s NOT […]

  • 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 to participate. You will also learn what the Delaware Arts Roster can do to get your work in the public eye, increase sales, and open up opportunities for readings, lectures, and more. Ramona DeFelice Long will lead a session on how to write an artist’s […]

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017: Liz DeJesus on “Fairy Tale Retelling: Old tales in new skins”

    Liz DeJesus will help you discover ways to bring classic fairy tales to life in your unique voice and your preferred genre. DeJesus will talk about ways to use horror, science fiction and fantasy to retell stories like Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Red Riding Hood and many more. Create timeless heroes and villains. She will also bring amazing items to be used as writing prompts: glass slipper, miniature ‘Drink Me’ bottles, skeleton keys and more. You will leave the workshop inspired to write your very own ‘happily ever after’ Liz was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. […]

  • 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 the story and the expectations of modern readers. We’ll pay special attention to the various methods of writing historical dialogue, and will talk about research strategies and resources. Gail Husch is Professor Emerita of Art History at Goucher College, and is the author of The […]

  • 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 chances of catching an editor’s eye.  Featuring Shannon Connor Winward, poetry editor for Devilfish Review and founding editor of Riddled with Arrows Literary Journal. Shannon is the author of the Elgin Award-winning poetry chapbook Undoing Winter. Her stories have been published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, StoryHack Action […]

  • 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 of writing, editing, pricing, publishing, and marketing your book, plus a whole lot more. You will leave with a solid understanding of the self-publishing industry and how you and your book fit in. Lois Hoffman is the author of The Self-Publishing Roadmap, The Almost Perfect Birthday […]

  • 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 for 15 years.   Joanne Reinbold is the Director of the Written Remains Writers Guild and the editor of the Written Remains Writers Guild anthologies, The Cicada’s Cry: A Micro Zine of Haiku Poetry, and the All-Monster Revolt Magazine. She is a partner member of the […]

  • 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 and illustration since childhood. She earned a bachelor of fine arts at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. Her cover art of Gamera for the All-Out Monster Revolt Online Magazine showcases her talents in the monstrous and fantastic. Her publishing credits also include the anthology The Stories in Between by […]

  • Billie Travalini
    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 a memoir — stuck somewhere between fiction and autobiography — triggers concerns such as: How far back should I go? How important is time and setting? Do I have to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Using my memoir, Blood Sisters, as […]

  • 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 subgenres, along with the distinct genre of crime noir, and look at some published examples. Participants will begin brainstorming their own mystery situations and engage in other writing exercises. This workshop is appropriate for beginner and advanced writers, and the techniques work for short-stories as […]

  • 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, you will learn how to build a menu that makes sense for the world you have built for your characters as well as how to avoid cliches and clunkers.  Bring your laptop or notebook for writing exercise we will complete during the workshop.   Denise […]

  • Nancy Sakaduski
    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 the author of 23 books, including How to Write Winning Short Stories, editor of the Rehoboth Beach Reads series, and owner of Cat & Mouse Press. She runs the annual Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest and curates the free weekly online newspaper, Writing is a Shore […]