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This August, AllWriters’ is featuring faculty member Michael Giorgio!

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Michael Giorgio

 

Join Michael Giorgio to have your questions answered! Get insight into a writer’s life, learn tricks of the trade, and discover what courses Michael 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 Michael Giorgio’s live chat event on Tuesday, August 15th 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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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.

Michael Giorgio is instructor of:

ON SITE MONDAY NIGHT WRITING WORKSHOP

This popular ten week workshop is a carbon copy of the long-lasting Wednesday Writing Workshops! This class encourages writers of all abilities and genres. Poets, novelists, short fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers welcome! If you put words on paper, this is where you should be. Each week, students present their works-in-progress to the other students and the instructor in the workshop for positive and constructive feedback. Encouragement and a sense of community abound in these workshops. Students will also receive a line-by-line edit and a thematic critique of their work from the instructor.

Total Openings: 15 students

Dates and Times Current: 8/7/17 – 10/16/17 (no class 9/4), 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dates and Times Upcoming: 10/30/17 – 1/8/18 (no class 12/25 or 1/1), 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Giorgio

Price: $70


ON SITE WEDNESDAY WRITING WORKSHOPS

This class is the longest running class in Kathie’s teaching career, now spanning 15 years! This popular ten week workshop encourages writers of all abilities and genres. Poets, novelists, short fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers welcome! If you put words on paper, this is where you should be. Each week, students present their works-in-progress to the other students and the instructor in the workshop for positive and constructive feedback. Encouragement and a sense of community abound in these workshops. Students will also receive a line-by-line edit and a thematic critique of their work from the instructor. Workshops are offered at two different times to accommodate everyone’s schedule.

Total Openings: 15 students

Date and Times:

Wednesday Night Current: 5/31/17 – 8/16/17 (no class 6/21 or 6/28), 7:00 – 9:00

Wednesday Night Upcoming: 8/30/17 – 11/1/17, 7:00 – 9:00

Evening Instructor: Michael Giorgio

Price: $70


ON SITE THURSDAY NIGHT TEEN WRITERS WORKSHOP

The popular AllWriters’ open workshop – for teenagers!

This ten-week workshop is a carbon copy of the long-lasting Wednesday Afternoon and Evening Writing Workshops and the Monday Night Workshop, with one notable exception – we’re welcoming high school students into our creative community! This class encourages high school writers (grades 9 – 12) of all abilities and genres, but two things are required: a genuine interest in writing and a desire to write professionally and for publication. Poets, novelists, short fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers are all welcome! If you put words on paper, this is where you should be. Each week, students present their works-in-progress to the other students and the instructor in the workshop for positive and constructive feedback. Encouragement and a sense of community abound in these workshops. Students will also receive a line-by-line edit and a thematic critique of their work from the instructor.

Total openings: 15 students

Requirements: Students must be in at least 9th grade

Dates and Times Current: 7/20/17 – 9/21/17, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dates and Times Upcoming: 10/5/17 – 12/14/17 (no class 11/23), 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Giorgio

Price: $70


ONLINE GETTING INTO WRITING

This online, e-mail interactive workshop is for the would-be writer trying to find his or her writing voice. Utilizing a combination of themed creative exercises, personal writing opportunities, and peer and instructor critique, participants will receive the benefits of a writing workshop while still getting the topical information the just-starting writer needs most. The class will explore fiction, nonfiction and creative nonfiction, their similarities and their differences, one facet at a time. Using a variety of short creative writing exercises (no more than 1,500 words per session), participants will get the opportunity to flex their creative muscles in all types of prose writing and find out just what interests them most.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: What is Writing?
  • Week 2: What is Tone?
  • Week 3: What is Structure?
  • Week 4: What are Nonfiction and Creative Nonfiction?
  • Week 5: What are Creative Nonfiction and Fiction?
  • Week 6: What is Professionalism?

DATES: 9/10/17 – 10/15/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE:  $160


ONLINE SOLVING THE MYSTERY

One of the biggest mysteries in mystery writing is figuring out exactly what makes the story a mystery. Is it a whodunit? A whydunit? A what-happens-after-the-deed-is-done? A mystery can be all of these and more. In this course, you’ll learn not only what it takes to create a mystery, but how to make it more mysterious. Why is MOM (Motive, Opportunity, and Means) so near and dear to the mystery writer’s heart? What comes first—plot, characters, or setting? Who is the best character to tell your story? How do you fool the reader and still play fair? Using a combination of examples and creative exercises, you’ll unravel the secrets and work your way through completing a mystery short story.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1:  What is a Mystery?
  • Week 2:  Not all MOMs are Created Equal: The Importance of Character, Plot, and Setting
  • Week 3:  Doing the Deed: Mysterious Beginnings
  • Week 4:  Burying the Evidence: The Middle of the Story
  • Week 5:  Shocking Revelations: Completing the Mystery
  • Week 6:  Post Mortem: Bringing it All Together

DATES: 9/10/17 – 10/15/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


ONLINE WRITING PROMPT WORKSHOP

Get ready to get your creativity in gear and the words overflowing your page! This six week workshop is designed to help you jump head-first into the world of fiction writing. The prompts offered each week will provide you with launch pads for short fiction, poetry, songs, plays, or even a novel! The prompts will challenge your imagination and get those creative juices flowing. Each week features a different type of prompt to help you find inspiration in ways you may not have thought of. One week might be an opening line, while another may focus on a photograph, or a song, or a situation, or a quote, or, well, anything and everything is fair game. Every session, the prompts are different, so it’s a whole new world of inspiration, so no two workshops are ever the same, but all are designed to get you writing.

DATES: 9/10/17 – 10/15/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


ONLINE BEGINNING FICTION

Fiction, both the short story and the novel, is comprised of these building blocks: your original idea, the characters, the dialogue, the setting, the opening lines, the ending, and the words you use to describe everything in the middle.  In this class, you will learn how to stack these building blocks into a short story, or improve on a short story you have already written.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1:  Deciding what to write about
  • Week 2:  Creating Characters
  • Week 3:  Writing Dialogue
  • Week 4:  Setting and Description
  • Week 5:  Opening Lines
  • Week 6:  The Ending, or explaining how your character has changed

DATES: 9/10/17 – 10/15/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


ONLINE A VISIT TO GRAMMAR’S HOUSE

If you avoid grammar because it’s a collection of boring and confusing rules that require memorization, this class is for you. No memorization here. You’ll learn the basic concepts and how to find the answers when you have grammatical questions, and you’ll do so in a fun (as fun as grammar can be), relaxed atmosphere. The emphasis is on clarifying the rules and making them accessible rather than intimidating. Grammar’s House is warm and welcoming and well worth a six-week visit.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: What is a Sentence?
  • Week 2: Phrases and Clauses and Rules, Oh My!
  • Week 3: Proper Punctuation Perpetuates Perfect Prose
  • Week 4: Commas Need Not Cause Comas
  • Week 5: Gee Whiz, Ma, Grammar is More than Fun—It’s Funny!
  • Week 6: Capital Ideas

DATES: 9/10/17 – 10/15/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


ONLINE TUESDAY NIGHT TEEN-WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

This ten-week workshop is a carbon copy of the long-lasting Wednesday Afternoon and Evening Writing Workshops and the Monday Night Workshop, with two notable exceptions – we’re welcoming high school students into our creative community AND it’s offered online! This class encourages high school writers (grades 9 – 12) of all abilities and genres, but two things are required: a genuine interest in writing and a desire to write professionally and for publication. Poets, novelists, short fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers are all welcome! If you put words on paper, this is where you should be. Each week, students present their works-in-progress to the other students and the instructor in the workshop for positive and constructive feedback. Encouragement and a sense of community abound in these workshops. Students will also receive a line-by-line edit and a thematic critique of their work from the instructor.

DATES CURRANT: 7/27/17 – 9/28/17 (no class 6/22), 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Central time

DATES UPCOMING: 10/12/17 – 12/21/17 (no class 11/23), 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Central time

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 10 students*

FEE: $70

*REQUIREMENTS: Students must be in at least the 9th grade


ONLINE THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO WRITE A BOOK WORKSHOP

Every year, on January 1st, excited people pledge that this is the year they will finally write their book. Usually, the first two weeks are aglow with determination and enthusiasm, then the third week stutters, the fourth week wilts, and by the beginning of February, the book is relegated back into the computer’s hard drive where it founders until the next resolution.

BUT NOT IN 2017. This year, you will accomplish your resolution by surrounding yourself with like-minded writers, and you will be led by a seasoned and supportive instructor. Each month, you will have a deadline, and every month, you will make it.

In this workshop, you will aim to produce 20 pages every month. 20 pages is realistic, not overwhelming, and not diminutive. It’s a solid piece of work. Also each month, you will attend the workshop in the AllWriters’ online classroom and you will have your work critiqued by the group and by the instructor. When you leave the workshop for the day, it will be with a renewed sense of purpose, confidence, and determination. By December of 2017, not only will your novel still be alive and growing, but it will have reached a stunning 240 pages. You will be firmly on your way to success, with no turning back allowed.

As a bonus, for the final class in 2018, you will attend one more workshop where your query and synopsis will be read and critiqued by the group and the instructor. You will also leave that day with a professional knowledge of how to find an agent or an editor. By 2018, not only will you have made your resolution of writing a book, but you’ll know how to market it.

Make this new year about you and what you want to accomplish in the writing field. This class is for all those who want to write a book, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction. The class will be limited in size to 8 people. Every time you attend, you will hand in your next set of 20 pages, and then go home to work on some more!

This is the year. YOUR year. Let’s do this.

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 8 students

FEE: $600

DATES AND TIME:

MORNING*: 3/18/17, 4/15/17, 5/20/17, 6/17/17, 7/15/17, 8/19/17, 9/16/17, 10/21/17, 11/11/17, 12/16/17, 1/20/18, 2/17/18, 3/17/18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*Only a few opening remaining in the MORNING session!

AFTERNOON: 1/21/17, 2/18/17, 3/18/17, 4/15/17, 5/20/17, 6/17/17, 7/15/17, 8/19/17, 9/16/17, 10/21/17, 11/11/17, 12/16/17, 1/20/18, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


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 novel The Archaeologist’s Daughter (July 2017) and Ladies Shoot First series of half-hour reads (may 2017) were released 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.


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 lisamariebrodsky.blogspot.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.