• 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 offer ample opportunities for discussion, so feel free to bring along ideas or proposal drafts that you would like to discuss. About the Writer Workshop leader John Micklos, Jr. has written more than 40 books for readers from preschool through high school age. Titles include picture books, poetry books, and more than 30 nonfiction books covering a wide range of topics. His latest picture book, One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me, published in fall 2017 by Penguin, has been chosen as a 2018 selection in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. Learn more about John’s work at www.JohnMicklosWriter.com or www.FirstStatePress.com (his self-publishing imprint). Some of John’s Work

  • 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 cannot imagine the action taking place anywhere but that place, and that place  – fictional or real – becomes deeply embedded in our memory of the work. This workshop will focus on how we write place. We will go over some well-known examples of place and then practice writing a place. What place do we claim as ours, that contains our memories, the events of our lives, the joy or pain that we never forget, and that we can carry our readers to? About the Writer Mahasveta (Gitu) Barua teaches writing and literature in the English Department at the University of Delaware. She came to the U.S. from India thirty years ago, and her writing reflects the places that she remembers. She received the Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Writer Grant in 2012, and the Established Writer Grant in 2017. She has been a participant of the Delaware Writers Retreat in 2012, 2014, and 2016. She has also been a Resident Artist at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, supported by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Writers Association. Currently, her first novel is complete and with an agent, and she is finishing up her series of connected detective […]

  • 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 being said? Plot & Subtext: What happens in the story? Why should we care?  Make us care! Conflict: Winner? Loser? Rooting for the Underdog? Something unspoken can tantalize the reader/audience. About the Writer: Lisa Lutwyche received an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College (Vermont) in 2013. Poet, artist, produced playwright, writer, and actor, she has been anthologized and published across the US and in the UK since the 1990s; Mad Poets Review; Minerva Rising; In the Questions, Poetry By and About Strong Women; the cancer poetry project 2; Sparrow’s Trill; Fiction Vortex; and more. Lisa was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poetry in 2000 and again in 2015. Lisa’s full-length book of poetry, A Difficult Animal, was Published by Saddle Road Press in 2016. Her latest one-act play, Juggling Act, was premiered at Old Academy Players in Philadelphia in the summer of 2017. Lisa is currently an adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Cecil College in Maryland and at Delaware County Community College in West Grove, PA. Her background also includes a BFA in painting and a BA in art history, twenty-two years in architectural design, teaching creative writing at CCArts from 1992-2012 & teaching art and […]

  • 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 statement, we will look at artist statements that have won fellowships in the past, and we’ll try our hand at writing an effective artist’s statement. Roxanne Stanulis is Program Officer for Artist Programs and Services at the Delaware Division of the Arts. She manages the Division’s Individual Artist Fellowship grant program and is well versed in arts marketing. Prior to joining the Division in April 2006, she worked as curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Illinois and the Biggs Museum of Art in Dover. At the Division, Roxanne oversees the Division’s Mezzanine Gallery; the Artist Roster; the Poets Laureate program; and the biennial Delaware Seashore Writers Retreat. She lives in Dover with her husband and two children. Ramona DeFelice Long writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir often based on her adventures growing up in south Louisiana. Now she lives in Delaware and is active in the arts community as an author, editor, and online writing instructor. Her work has appeared in numerous literary and regional publications, and she was awarded a Masters Fellowship in Fiction from the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2016.

  • 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. She is a novelist, freelance writer, writing coach and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of The Jackets, First Frost, Glass Frost, Shattered Frost, Morgan, The Laurel, Girl, and Mugshots . Her work has also appeared in Night Gypsy: Journey Into Darkness, Twice Upon a Time and Someone Wicked. Her articles have been featured in Southern Writers Magazine.    

  • 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 Button Field (Barley Mill Press 2014), a novel set in late-19th-century New England.

  • 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 & Adventure, Cast of Wonders, Psuedopod, Gargoyle, Flash Fiction Online, and PANK, as well as in genre anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. Her poetry has won the SFPA Poetry Prize, been nominated for a Rhysling and Dwarf Star awards, and appears widely venues such as Analog, Qu, The Pedestal Magazine, Strange Horizons, Literary Mama, Star*Line,The Monarch Review, Thank You For Swallowing, and Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine. A Semi-Finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest, Shannon was also runner-up for an emerging artist fellowship in literature by the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2014 and 2015.  She is a former officer for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, a poetry editor for Devilfish Review and founding editor of Riddled with Arrows Literary Journal.  

  • 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 Party, and Write a Book, Grow Your Business.  She is the owner of The Happy Self-Publisher and offers many workshops on the writing and publishing process.   Register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-writers-studio-lois-hoffmanwrite-publish-sell-tickets-35648143557              

  • 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 Hockessin Art & Book Fair Committee. Her “short” fiction has appeared in Stories from the Ink Slingers, Zippered Flesh 2, Wanderings, Someone Wicked, and Insidious Assassins. Her poetry has appeared in Red Fez Magazine, A Haiku Miscellany, the Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthologies, All-Out Monster Revolt Magazine, and a variety of other venues. Joanne’s novella Transfusions was nominated for a Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award. She earned an honorable mention as an emerging artist in literature by the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2011, and was twice selected (2008, 2012) by the Delaware Division of the Arts as a fiction fellow for the Cape Henlopen Poets & Writers Retreat.  

  • 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 Fantasist Press, a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories published in 2009. The themes that run deepest in her work include fantasy and science fiction, with special affinity for old folk tales and the supernatural. She currently lives in northern Delaware, positioned nicely between Baltimore and Philadelphia, with her loving husband and mounting piles of books, paintings, and sketches.

  • 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 the model, you will learn the answers to these questions and more as we travel on a step-by-step journey to uncover what it takes to write a memoir that is honest without being cruel and interesting without being self-serving. *Please bring pen and paper or a laptop   About Billie Travalini Billie Travalini, a native of Delaware, is a recipient of a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, Her most recent work was published in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts; Influence and Confluence: East and West; A Global Anthology on the Short Story in English; Another Chicago Magazine, and Selected Stories from the 2016 International Conference of the Short Story in English (English-Chinese). The Delaware Division of the Arts awarded Billie professional fellowships in nonfiction (2015), fiction (2007), and poetry (2004). She has read her work worldwide, most recently at East China University, the University of Vienna, York University, and The University of Cork. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Delaware and a fellowship graduate of Temple University. Her memoir, Blood Sisters, was a finalist for the Bakeless Publication Prize and the James Jones Award, and won the Lewes Clark Discovery […]

  • 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 well as novels.   About Dennis Lawson Dennis received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts as the 2014 Emerging Artist in Fiction. His stories have appeared in the Fox Chase Review, the Rehoboth Beach Reads anthology series, and the crime collection Insidious Assassins. He has an MFA from Rutgers-Camden, and he is an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University.   Register Seating is limited. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-writers-studio-dennis-lawson-on-mysterynoir-tickets-33569260562 or by calling Kirkwood Library at (302) 995-7663.

  • 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 has written “Cape Flavors,” a weekly food column for the home cook in the Cape Gazette since 2005. She offers nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations and presentations on topics related to food, history and world building. Her book, A Culinary History of Southern Delaware, was published by Arcadia / The History Press in 2016. Clemons earned an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University. FREE, but please RSVP on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-writers-studio-denise-clemons-on-world-building-tickets-33176694386) or by calling Kirkwood Library (302-995-7663).

  • 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 Thing, which is packed with writing advice and tips.     The workshop will run from 1:30-3:30 at Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808. The workshop is free but please REGISTER through Eventbrite.