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FACULTY OF THE MONTH TALKBACK – Learn From the Best!

This June, AllWriters’ is featuring faculty member Summer Hanford!

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Join Summer Hanford to have your questions answered! Get insight into a writer’s life, learn tricks of the trade, and discover what courses Summer has to offer that will boost your writing career! Registration for this event is FREE, just sign up below to let us know you’re coming and we’ll provide you with entry into our exclusive online chatroom for Summer Hanford’s live chat event on Wednesday, June 14th 7PM – 8PM CST.

This is your chance to meet one of our amazing faculty members and get to know who they are and how they think. A different faculty member will be featured every month. A video of this month’s featured faculty member is below and also on Kathie Giorgio’s Facebook Page.

The talkback is an hour long free program where you can enter our online chatroom and ask questions of our featured faculty member. Want to know his or her background? How she or he feels about teaching, about writing in general, or about writing specifics? The talkback gives you the opportunity to have your questions answered before you commit to a class.

While the talkback is free, the number of participants is limited and registration is required. When you register, you will be sent directions on how to access the chatroom.

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More About Summer Hanford

Summer is a fantasy and Regency Romance writer. Her Ladies Shoot First series of half-hour reads was released in May of 2017 by Scarsdale Publishing. Her first fantasy novel, Gift of the Aluien, was released in 2012, launching her Thrice Born series. Her Thrice Born series continued in 2013 with Hawks of Sorga and in 2014 with Throne of Wheylia. The fourth novel in this five book series, Plains of Tybrunn, was released in 2016. Summer has short stories published in three anthologies: Something Wicked Anthology V.2, Nightmare Walkers and Dream Stalkers V.2 and Daughters of Icarus. Her short story, How Satan Died and the Imprisonment of God, appeared in the February 2012 addition of Something Wicked. Super Killer, a science fiction short story, is in the June 2012 issue of Aoife’s Kiss. In 2013, Summer was a guest reader at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books. She was also a panelist at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World Fantasy Conventions.

Summer is currently writing the fifth novel in her fantasy series as well as providing content for and managing several websites. In the past, she was a research assistant at American University and at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, as well as a teaching assistant at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has a BA in Experimental Psychology from American University in Washington DC where she also did two years each of graduate and doctoral work in Behavior Neurology, and is coauthor of research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. Having said goodbye to long hours spent in laboratories, Summer is currently pursuing her lifelong dream of being a respected fantasy author. Find more about Summer Hanford at www.summerhanford.com.

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GETTING STARTED IN FANTASY – MAKE YOUR WORK WALK THE TIGHTROPE

In writing, one of the hardest things an author does is balance setting, action, dialogue, internal reactions, character development and world building. This is especially true of fantasy writing. When people read fantasy, they’re looking for a good story, engaging characters, and a new and magical well thought out world. That’s a lot to juggle.

In this class, we’ll look at five important aspects of a well-written story, spending a week on each. In week six, we’ll bring them together and create a wall-balanced scene, appropriate for a fantasy short story or novel. The goal is to make you aware of your details and how you’re using them. Your details focus your readers’ experience and create a well-balanced world.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: Character and Setting
  • Week 2: External Dialogue
  • Week 3: Action
  • Week 4: Internal Reaction
  • Week 5: World Building
  • Week 6: On the Rope

DATES: 6/29/17 – 8/3/17

INSTRUCTOR: Summer Hanford

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


GETTING STARTED IN FANTASY – BUILDING A BELIEVABLE UNIVERSE

In fantasy writing, worlds have become increasingly complex, and expectations for fantasy stories have never been higher. Gone are the days when a good imagination was all that you needed. Now, in a genre dominated by books like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, people expect a new, detailed, enthralling universe that’s as much a part of the story as your plot.

Novel or short story, the key to good fantasy is a rich, lively, well thought out world. Fantasy readers aren’t just reading about your hero, or your villain, or even the adventure. They want to get lost in your world. Your unique, beautiful, sometimes scary world that you know so well, it’s as if you’ve been there.

The goal of this class is to help you look at the choices you can, and are, making about your world, so that you are aware of them and how they affect your story. By the end of six weeks, you’ll have an organized overview of your world, so that you can know it as well as if you’ve been there. For your final assignment, you will have the opportunity to submit up to 3,500 words of your story for review and comment by the instructor.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: Basic Social Structure: Gender Roles
  • Week 2: Basic Social Structure: Class Distinctions and Community Structure
  • Week 3: Religions, Cults and Belief Systems
  • Week 4: To Race or Not to Race?
  • Week 5: Your Kingdom, Your Castle, Your Home
  • Week 6: The Richness of Your World

DATES: 6/29/17 – 8/3/17

INSTRUCTOR: Summer Hanford

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


WRITING YOUR FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

In this six week course, each student will submit up to 3,500 words per week. There will be no lectures, but students will receive detailed feedback on their work. Areas of feedback will include, but not be limited to, pace, execution, character development and world building. Students will be encouraged to submit a follow up email each week in response to the feedback they receive on their work so that any questions they have may be addressed.

DATES: 6/29/17 – 8/3/17

INSTRUCTOR: Summer Hanford

CLASS LIMIT: 6 students

FEE: $160


Faculty Features 2017:

  • February: Carolyn Walker
  • March: Shaindel Beers
  • April: Carrie Newberry
  • May: Gail Sterkel
  • June: Summer Hanford
  • July: Lisa Marie Brodsky
  • August: Michael Giorgio
  • September: Kathie Giorgio

 KATHIE GIORGIO

Kathie is the director and founder of AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop. She specializes in literary fiction, although her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published nationally as well.

Kathie Giorgio’s story, Clean, published in the Summer 2016 issue of Prairie Schooner, has been nominated by Prairie Schooner for the Pushcart Prize! Oddities And Endings; The Collected Stories of Kathie Giorgio, was released in June of 2016 by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Comprised of 40 short stories, this collection will show you the full force of Giorgio’s flexible literary muscle. This is Giorgio’s fifth book. Also in 2016, Main Street Rag Publishing Company released an anthology titled, It’s About Time. Giorgio served as guest editor and selected all of the poems, short stories and short memoir for the anthology.

In 2015, Kathie released her fourth book, Rise From The River, from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Kathie’s third book, Learning To Tell (A Life)Time, was released on September 17, 2013, and debuted to an audience of over 200 people at the SouthEast Wisconsin Festival of Books, where Kathie was the welcoming Keynote. Lifetime is the sequel to Giorgio’s first book, The Home For Wayward Clocks, released in 2011 by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Clocks received the Outstanding Achievement recognition by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee and was nominated for the Paterson Fiction Award.  Kathie’s short story collection, Enlarged Hearts, was released in April 2012 by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company as well.

Giorgio’s short stories and poems have appeared in over 100 literary magazines and in many anthologies. She’s been nominated twice for the Million Writer Award and twice for the Best of the Net anthology.

She holds her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She has over fifteen years experience in developing and teaching creative writing classes for adults and children at several colleges and universities in Wisconsin and Illinois and online for Writers Digest, Writers College and I-University, as well as privately. She also speaks and teaches at writers conferences across the country. Visit Kathie Giorgio’s website at kathiegiorgio.org.


MICHAEL GIORGIO

Michael Giorgio

Michael got his start in writing in what many consider a dead, or at least a lost, art: Radio Drama. His first work won a national scriptwriting contest and a love of writing was born. Since then, he has had over a dozen audio scripts produced in Newark, Los Angeles, Akron, San Francisco, and Tennessee.

Michael’s second full length novel, The Memory Swindlers, was released in 2016 by Black Rose Writing and is the sequel to his first full length novel, Justice Comes Home, released in 2014.

An Active Member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Short Fiction Mystery Society, Michael has had both mystery and mainstream short stories published in magazines such as The StrandMystery TimeUp Dere?Prose AxMy LegacyFighting Chance, and Lunatic Chameleon. His fiction has also been anthologized in The Mammoth Book of Tales from the Road (Carroll and Graf), The Mammoth Book of On the Road (Robinson), It’s That Time Again: The New Stories of Old Time Radio (BearManor Media), and Who Died in Here? (Penury Press).  For more about Michael and his work, please visit www.michaelgiorgio.org.


SHAINDEL BEERS

Shaindel Beers

Shaindel Beers’ poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently an instructor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, in Eastern Oregon’s high desert and serves as Poetry Editor of Contrary. A Brief History of Time, her first full-length poetry collection, was released by Salt Publishing in 2009. Her second collection, The Children’s War and Other Poems,was released in February of 2013.

Shaindel was raised in Argos, Indiana, a town of 2,000 people. She studied literature at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama (BA), and at the University of Chicago (MA) before earning her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught at colleges and universities in Illinois and Florida but feels settled in the Eastern Oregon high desert town of Pendleton. Her awards include: First place Karen Fredericks and Frances Willitts Poetry Prize (2008), Grand Prize Co-winner Trellis Magazine sestina contest (2008), First place Dylan Days Poetry Competition (2007), Award-winning poem published, Eleventh Muse (2006),Honorable mention, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Awards (2005), Honorable mention, Juniper Creek/Unnamed Writers Award(2005), and the title poem from this collection, A Brief History of Time, was nominated for aPushcart prize (2004). Read more about Shaindel Beers at shaindelbeers.com.


CAROLYN WALKER

Carolyn WalkerCarolyn Walker began writing at age ten, has been a published journalist, columnist and author for more than twenty-five years, and has worked independently as an editor. She also received her Master of Fine Arts in Writing in 2004 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Carolyn’s work has recently appeared in such publications as Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and Hunger Mountain. Her book A Mother Runs Through It—a collection of her creative nonfiction—was released in 2001. Her fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry were published in the anthology At the Edge of Mirror Lake. Her journalism has appeared in HOUR Detroit Magazine; Detroit Monthly Magazine; Michigan, the Magazine of the Detroit News; the Detroit Free Press; the Flint Journal; the Oakland Press; the Observer & Eccentric newspapers; and The Clarkston News.

Carolyn’s journalism has won awards from the Suburban Newspapers of America, the Michigan Press Association, the Better Newspapers Association, and the Association for Retarded Citizens. She teaches writing at the college and university level, has taught writing workshops in local school districts, and is a member of Detroit Working Writers and Creative Writers in the Schools.


SUMMER HANFORD

Summer is a fantasy and Regency Romance writer. Her Ladies Shoot First series of half-hour reads was released in May of 2017 by Scarsdale Publishing. Her first fantasy novel, Gift of the Aluien, was released in 2012, launching her Thrice Born series. Her Thrice Born series continued in 2013 with Hawks of Sorga and in 2014 with Throne of Wheylia. The fourth novel in this five book series, Plains of Tybrunn, was released in 2016. Summer has short stories published in three anthologies: Something Wicked Anthology V.2, Nightmare Walkers and Dream Stalkers V.2 and Daughters of Icarus. Her short story, How Satan Died and the Imprisonment of God, appeared in the February 2012 addition of Something Wicked. Super Killer, a science fiction short story, is in the June 2012 issue of Aoife’s Kiss. In 2013, Summer was a guest reader at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books. She was also a panelist at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World Fantasy Conventions.

Summer is currently writing the fifth novel in her fantasy series as well as providing content for and managing several websites. In the past, she was a research assistant at American University and at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, as well as a teaching assistant at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has a BA in Experimental Psychology from American University in Washington DC where she also did two years each of graduate and doctoral work in Behavior Neurology, and is coauthor of research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. Having said goodbye to long hours spent in laboratories, Summer is currently pursuing her lifelong dream of being a respected fantasy author. Find more about Summer Hanford at www.summerhanford.com.


GAIL STERKEL

Gail SterkelGail Sterkel is an active playwright in Madison, Wisconsin. Her short plays and monologues have been produced on a variety of stages such as the Overture Center for the Performing Arts, Regina Theatre, E.F. Schwan Performing Arts Center, TapIt Studio, and the Bartell Theatre.  In 2011, she and fellow InkSlingers co-founder and playwright, Kathleen Johnson, were commissioned by KRASS (Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre of Madison) to collaborate on an evening of theatre.  That project became a full-length play, Ten Thousand Moons from Here, and ran in June 2013 on the Evjue Stage of the Bartell Theatre.  Gail’s had the pleasure of working with creative souls such as Jodi Cohen – comedy improv actor extraordinaire and one of Chris Farley’s first directors, Jan Levine Thal – Artistic Director and founding mother of KRASS, and award-winning Madison actor, Greg Reed.

Gail is currently a writing instructor at Madison College. In a previous life, she enjoyed a long and adventurous career as a high school creative writing teacher and a creative consultant for a local charter school.  She lives with two X-Men, Wolverine/Logan and Bishop, both tuxedo cats, and she loves the inspiring view of moving water outside of her front windows.  Gail is presently at work on a how-to book, Ten in Ten: How to Organize Your Ten-Minute Play in Ten Minutes.


LISA MARIE BRODSKY

Lisa Marie BrodskyLisa is the author of Motherlung (Salmon Poetry, 2014) and We Nod Our Dark Heads (Parallel Press, 2008). She received her MFA in Poetry from UW-Madison as a Martha Meir Renk Graduate Fellow in 2005. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been published in The North American Review, Verse Wisconsin, Pirene’s Fountain, Mom Egg Review, among others. Motherlung, and its story of grief and redemption, has resonated with many and was featured in Madison Magazine, on WISC-TV, and WORT Radio. Besides writing and teaching poetry, Lisa is a Creativity Advocate – helping others come to their place of confident creativity. Lisa lives in Evansville, Wisconsin, with her husband and three stepchildren. To learn more, visit her website at www.lisamariebrodsky.com.

 


CARRIE NEWBERRY

Carrie Newberry

Carrie Newberry’s first novel, an urban fantasy called Pick Your Teeth With My Bones, is being published by EDGE Lite Science Fiction and Fantasy, a Canadian publisher.  The book was accepted on its first submission.  For the most part, she writes fantasy and horror, though she has written short pieces of literary fiction as well as flash memoir pieces.

After studying Creative Writing at UW-Madison and after maxing out on Creative Writing Workshops at UW-Madison, she decided to leave academia behind in order to pursue her career as a dog groomer’s assistant and have lots of time to write.   She hasn’t regretted the decision for a moment, although it would come in handy to have a degree of some sort to list right here.  She continues her studies at AllWriter’s, as a member of the monthly Saturday morning New Year’s Resolution Write a Book Workshop, because writers can always learn more from their peers.  And because Kathie Giorgio throws a great party.  She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with a greedy terrier and a cock-a-poo who’s an obnoxiously persistent morning person.