Writers' Workshop Sponsoring Summer Writing Classes in Charlotte
The Writers’ Workshop is sponsoring summer classes for any level writer. They meet at Providence Presbyterian Church, in Charlotte, on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.
Registration is in advance only, by mail or online at www.twwoa.org. Financial aid in exchange for volunteering is available.
For more information, contact email@example.com or call (828) 254-8111.
July 9: Writing and Producing the Indie Feature Film with Nathan Ross Freeman — The class will receive an overview of writing for the screen, and how to produce, direct and distribute a film of your script. Various formats, structures and techniques will be discussed, as well as tips on creating interesting characters and realistic dialogue. Students may bring a screenplay idea or synopsis to the class for review. Freeman has written and produced indie feature films such as “Mr. Bones” and “Authoring Action.” He won the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship for Hannah Elias, and the Great Lakes Film Festival Screenplay Contest for Geist.
July 23: Poetry Workshop with Richard Krawiec — This workshop for beginning to experienced poets will focus on revising poems, and how to turn rejection letters into acceptances. Information on where to publish will also be given. Students may bring up to five poems for in-class revision. Krawiec’s chapbook, “Breakdown: A Father’s Story,” was an ’09 Indie Book Awards Finalist. He has won fellowships from the NEA and the NC Arts Council, and his poems have been published in numerous literary journals, including Shenandoah and N.C Literary Review.
July 30: Getting Published with Laine Cunningham — Fiction and nonfiction writers alike will receive up-to-date information on identifying markets, finding agents and how to get published in print and online. Tips on networking, conferences, grants and awards will also be given. Participants may bring a query letter or proposal to the class for review. Cunningham is a publishing consultant whose clients have received contracts from the nation’s top agents and publishers.
Aug. 6: Revising For Publication with Karen Ackerson — Writers of fiction or nonfiction will learn how to edit and revise their works before submitting to an agent or publisher. Techniques will be taught on how to grab the reader’s interest by eliminating unnecessary details, building tension, and fine-tuning dialogue and descriptions. Students may bring five pages (double-spaced) to the class for discussion. Ackerson is senior editor at the Renbourne Agency, and has edited more than 120 stories, books and essays.
Aug. 27: Fiction Workshop with Michael Smith — The class will discuss elements of fiction writing such as setting, character and plot. Participants may submit five pages of writing for in-class discussion, if emailed to the office two weeks in advance. Smith is the award-winning author of numerous short stories and novels, including “The Hands of Strangers” (March 2011). His awards include the Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship for Literary Arts, the Transatlantic Review Fiction Award, and the Brick Street Press Short Story Award.
Sept. 17: Writing Your Memoirs with Anne Barnhill — The class will learn how to get started or continue with their memoirs, and will look at notable memoirs to compare various themes, structures and writing styles. In-class writing exercises will be given, and students may bring up to five pages, double-spaced, for review. Barnhill is the author of “What You Long For” and “At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister and Me.” She holds a master’s degree in fine arts in creative writing from UNC Wilmington and teaches workshops throughout the state. Barnhill is a regular book reviewer for The Pilot.
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