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FICTION & CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

This popular ten week class is for the fiction and creative nonfiction writer who is ready to work on short stories or novels with the goal of publication.  This specialized chat format will give you the closest possible thing to a “live” writers’ workshop, with the convenience of the online class. Each week, two students will submit up to 3000 words of a fiction or creative nonfiction project. This could be a short story, a chapter from a novel,  a short creative nonfiction piece or chapter from a book-length memoir.  Projects will be emailed to the instructor and to all of the students in the class. Each student is expected to send an email critique back to the authors.  The instructor will send each author a line-by-line edit and a thematic critique. Then, on Monday nights, the instructor and students will meet in the AllWriters’ Chatroom.  You will be given instructions on how to access this chatroom before the class begins. In these Monday night sessions, the submitting students will get to watch as their fiction projects are discussed by the class and the instructor. Each discussion will last for twenty-five minutes, and then the student will have five minutes to respond.  This is a great way to get feedback on your work and to prepare it for submission.

Dates and Times Current: 4/10/17 – 7/10/17 (no class 5/29 or 6/26), 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. Central Time*

Dates and Times Upcoming: 7/24/17 – 10/2/17 (no class 9/4), 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. Central Time

INSTRUCTOR: Kathie Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 8 students

FEE: $160

*Please Note: This class has one opening left


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: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE:  $160


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: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


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: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK-WRITING WORKSHOP

Are you working your way through a novel or book-length memoir and wish you had a workshop where all of your chapters would be read in a timely basis? This twelve week book-writing workshop is developed specifically for the novelist or memoirist. Class size is limited to allow every student to receive critique time each week. Up to 3750 words can be handed in on a weekly basis, and the pages will be distributed ahead of time so that all of the material is already read prior to each class. No time will be spent reading material aloud…all time will be spent on critiquing the chapter. This intense twelve-week workshop will allow you to consistently move forward on your novel, providing you with support, honest and helpful critique, and a positive community. Students will also receive a line-by-line edit and a thematic critique of their work from the instructor.  Students meet each week in the AllWriters’ chatroom, to achieve the closest to a face to face workshop you can get on the internet. You will be given directions to the chatroom before class begins.

PREREQUISITE: If you are currently an AllWriters’ student, please speak to your instructor to determine your readiness for this course.  If you are not an AllWriters’ student, but will be joining us for the first time with this workshop, please send an example of your work to the AllWriters’ director, Kathie Giorgio, at Kathie11@aol.com.

Dates and Times Current: 5/25/17 – 8/17/17 (no class 6/22), 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Central Time

Dates and Times Upcoming: 8/31/17 – 11/16/17, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Central Time

INSTRUCTOR: Carrie Newberry

CLASS LIMIT: 6 students

FEE: $160


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: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP

This twelve week class is for the Creative Nonfiction writer who is ready to work on essays or book-length memoirs with the goal of publication. This specialized chat format will give you the closest possible thing to a “live” writers’ workshop, with the convenience of the online class. Each week, two students will submit up to 3000 words of a nonfiction project. This could be an essay, a chapter from a memoir, or an excerpt. Projects will be emailed to the instructor and to the other students in the class. Each student is expected to send an email critique back to the authors. The instructor will send each author a line-by-line edit and a thematic critique. Then, on Wednesday nights, the instructor and students will meet in the AllWriters’ Chatroom. You will be given instructions on how to access this chatroom before the class begins.  In these sessions, the submitting students will get to watch as their fiction projects are discussed by the class and the instructor. Each discussion will last for twenty-five minutes, and then the student will have five minutes to respond. This is a great way to get feedback on your work and to prepare it for submission.

Dates and Times Current: 4/12/17 – 6/28/17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Dates and Times Upcoming: 7/12/17 – 9/27/17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

INSTRUCTOR: Carolyn Walker

CLASS LIMIT: 8 students

FEE: $160


INTRODUCTION TO POETRY WRITING

Want to write poetry?  Here’s how you do it!

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: Story, Structure, Music, and Imagination: Reading Others’ Work & Shaping Our Own
  • Week 2: Where Do Poems Come From?: Drawing on Experience, Surrealism, and Writing Prompts
  • Week 3: You Wrote That?: Writing What You Feel, Not What You Should Feel, or Writing Poetry You Wouldn’t Want Your Mother to Read
  • Week 4: Inspiration vs. Perspiration: What’s It Take to Be a Writer, Anyway?
  • Week 5: Revision: How Do You Know When a Poem’s Ready?
  • Week 6: Sending Your Poems Out Into the World: Accepting Rejection and Living with Success

DATES: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Shaindel Beers

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


STARTING – AND FINISHING! – THE NOVEL

The idea of writing a book is huge.  Large.  Scary.  And even pretentious.  But you know what?  If you want to write a novel, you should write a novel.  If there is a story burning in your mind, you should cool the burn down by getting it onto paper.  Write it. In this class, we will start with page one.  By the end of the class, you will have words on paper and you will be on your way. These six weeks will also give you the fiction basics necessary for producing quality fiction.  We’ll discuss characterization, dialogue, point of view, writer’s block, marketing, the whole nine yards. But the most important thing…You’ll be on your way.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1:  Most Common Questions & Getting Started
  • Week 2:  Point of View
  • Week 3:  Characterization
  • Week 4:  Mid-Novel Slump
  • Week 5:  Dialogue
  • Week 6:  Marketing

DATES: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Kathie Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


SIX WAYS OF LOOKING AT AN ESSAY

In his essay “Toward a Definition of Creative Nonfiction,” essayist and author Bret Lott explains that creative nonfiction can include everything “from the letter to the list, from the biography to the memoir, from the journal to the obituary” before concluding that, “…creative nonfiction, like fiction, like poetry, is simply and completely a way of seeing—the rewards we will reap will be great: we will understand. To understand, and nothing more, and that is everything.” Oftentimes, when people think of the personal essay – also known as creative nonfiction – they think of memoir. But not every essay draws on memory. In this class we will examine and write six different types of personal essays. Students will be asked to observe nature, to interview, research and/or observe someone who fascinates them, to weave personal stories together, and to write with the lovely language of a poet.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: Narrative Essay
  • Week 2: Meditation Essay
  • Week 3: Nature Essay
  • Week 4: Portrait Essay
  • Week 5: Braided Essay
  • Week 6: Lyric Essay

DATES: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Carolyn Walker

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $210


WRITING THE PERSONAL ESSAY

For writers who want to get down and personal on the page, the six-week Personal Essay class is a perfect fit. In this popular class, students will learn how to put setting, character, dialogue, reflection, and similar craft ingredients into essays between 500 and 1000 words long. Students will learn to transform personal experience into prose worthy of wide readership.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: Lecture and writing will include a look at the “narrating I” as well as a discussion about the definition of personal essay, and its role in the genre of Creative Nonfiction.
  • Week 2: People, people, people – what’s an essayist to do with them?
  • Week 3: Say what? Students will examine the role of dialogue in essay writing, as well as take a peek into place.
  • Week 4: Word choice.
  • Week 5: Aw, do I have to? No life or person is solely happy and good.
  • Week 6:  Revision! Revision! Revision!

DATES: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Carolyn Walker

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


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: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $160


HOW TO WRITE SHORT

Flash fiction is the pure adrenalin of the fiction world.  This story is sleek, strong, and packs a wallop in anything less than 1000 words.  How do you pack meaning into such a tiny space?  How do you  make it have impact and resonance?  Flash fiction is a large part of today’s fiction market, and in this class, we’ll break it down and see just how it works.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: What is flash fiction? And what makes a story?
  • Week 2:  Characterization and point of view
  • Week 3:  Dialogue and Setting
  • Week 4:  Putting it all together!

DATES: 6/18/17 – 7/16/17 (no class 6/25)

INSTRUCTOR: Kathie Giorgio

CLASS LMIT: 15 students

FEE: $135


MARKETING 101: THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT

Learning to submit fiction for publication is a necessity in a writer’s career. What’s the sense of writing if no one is reading your work? Yet many writers are scared to take that step which might (and probably will) lead to rejection.  Knowledge builds strength and confidence and so here is where you learn the proper way to submit your short stories and your novels…all the way to acceptance and publication! We will learn the long and the short of it…How to market poetry, the short story, the creative nonfiction piece and the essay, the novel and the book-length memoir. We will learn how to write cover letters, query letters, and synopses, and we will learn how to research appropriate markets, including magazines, agents and editors.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: Writing Short: the cover letter and manuscript format.
  • Week 2: Writing Short: Marketing and magazine research.
  • Week 3: Writing Long: Writing the query letter.
  • Week 4: Writing Long: Writing the synopsis and the search for an agent/editor.

DATES: 6/18/17 – 7/16/17 (no class 6/25)

INSTRUCTOR: Kathie Giorgio

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $135


TOWARD A LONGER ESSAY

Many people find that short essays just aren’t for them. They have lots to say and want to hold forth over a span of 10 – 20 pages. Or, maybe they have written short essays that they feel need expansion and depth, but they don’t know how to achieve this. This class will offer writers an opportunity for growth, in the literal sense. Over a period of six weeks, writers will receive feedback on 3 essays of up to 20 pages each. Lectures will focus on lengthening through digression, deepening the characters of essays through dialogue and action, and penetrating the linear narrative for depth.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: Spotting Digression Opportunities
  • Week 2: spent writing toward first essay deadline
  • Week 3: Putting People On Your Page
  • Week 4: spent writing toward second essay deadline
  • Week 5: Hindsight and Revision
  • Week 6:  spent writing toward third essay deadline

DATES: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR:  Carolyn Walker

CLASS LIMIT:  10 students

FEE:  $210


MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMORIES

In this twelve week memoir class, students will be allowed to submit up to 7,000 words, once every two weeks, of a book-length memoir or work of creative nonfiction that they want reviewed, or that they are in the process of writing. There will be no lectures, but there will be time to discuss issues and feedback with the instructor.

Dates and Times Current: 6/5/17 – 8/21/17

Dates and Times Upcoming: 9/11/17 – 11/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Carolyn Walker

CLASS LIMIT: 10 students

FEE: $235


WRITING FOR MAGAZINES

Writing for magazines can be one of the most gratifying forms of writing there is. For those who are inclined, magazine writing embraces the joys of research, people meeting, self-exploration, and craft. Opportunities for topics and publication are limited only by the writer’s imagination. Printed at varying paces, depending on the magazine, they showcase news, features, interviews, profiles, personal experience, topical articles, and everything in between.  And they run the gamut from history to fishing to dogs to senior citizens to sewing to women’s lifestyle to boating to children’s hobbies, and beyond. This six week course will take you through the points necessary to get your talents into those magazine pages!

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1:   Who, what, where, when, and why?
  • Week 2:   Generating ideas.
  • Week 3:   Get ready to talk!
  • Week 4:   Who are you writing for and getting it right.
  • Week 5:   What to do when you’re writing about you.
  • Week 6:   Approaching editors.

DATES: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Carolyn Walker

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE:  $160


HAVE TIME TO WRITE A TEN-MINUTE PLAY!

Or at the very least, you have time to write ONE 10-Minute play.  The short time limit is already in place, so once you decide what you want the audience to know, your characters can do the work for you.

Check contest listings online – there are plenty for the 10-Minute Play. More and more local companies are offering an evening of 10-Minute Plays to give audiences a variety in one sitting, multiple writers an opportunity to share their work onstage, and a small collection of actors to tackle several or more different roles in one night. It’s a win-win situation, especially for writers; it’s possible to have a whole file full of completed work, and each on a different topic or theme, and drama and/or comedy. Besides, writing the 10-Minute Play is FUN!  This course will utilize writing prompts and both published and unpublished ten-minute play examples.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: Standing Next to the Exit with Characters in Conflict
  • Week 2: Creating Delightful Dialogue and Comic Elements
  • Week 3: When Push Comes to Help Shove – Crossing the Finish Line with Your Ending, Using Format, a Touch of Theatrics
  • Week 4: Completion! Submit your Ten-Minute Play

DATES:  6/18/17 – 7/16/17 (no class 6/25)

INSTRUCTOR: Gail Sterkel

CLASS LIMIT: 15 students

FEE: $135


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


THE BRIDGE POEM: CONNECTING YOUR PAST AND PRESENT THROUGH POETRY

This 6-week course looks at the poem as a bridge – both as a journey and as a structure, a way your writer-self crossed difficult terrain to become the poet you are now.  What life challenges did you overcome? What was a defining moment in your life? You’ll learn how the process of becoming different, crossing into that new self, became a bridge for you to be who you are today. We’ll consider different types of bridges and “bridge poems” while learning about the pitfalls of shaky bridges – oversentimentality in personal narrative poetry. We’ll consider the possibility of our bridges needing to burn or diverge and customize our writing for that shift. After writing and sharing two drafts with the class and receiving individual feedback from the instructor, you’ll be ready to write your final bridge poem that expresses a momentous time in your life in a powerful and creative way. Find purpose, direction, and get ready to build!

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: What is a “bridge poem?” How do we define a significant moment? We’ll share writing    prompts to start your bridge poem building.
  • Week 2: Writing a sturdy bridge through four strategies, prompts, and exercises. Understanding how to avoid bridge poems that crumble (become overly sentimental).
  • Week 3: What to do when bridge poems diverge
  • Week 4: What to do when your bridges burn, draft #1 assigned.
  • Week 5: Where are you on the bridge now? Draft #2 assigned.
  • Week 6: Build those final Bridge Poems!

DATES: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Marie Brodsky

CLASS LIMITt: 15 students

FEE: $160


THE MEMORY AT WORK: WRITING YOUR LEGACY

If you breathe, you have a story to tell and human nature drives us to pass down our lessons, mistakes, heartaches, and joy. Beginning writer or veteran, published or not, you are invited to explore the idea of memory as storyteller. By the end of these six weeks you will write a piece of creative writing in any genre (poetry, letter-form, creative nonfiction) to use as a way to hand down your legacy to future generations – or to gift the past. Your words, stories, and perspectives are all necessary and valued in this world. Whether you write for family and friends or want to one day publish your memoirs, this class is a fabulous springboard to help you dive into the pool of memory and put your life story to work for you.

WEEKLY TOPICS:

  • Week 1: Beginning with Questions: What is legacy writing? What is the meaning of memory? How can we write our legacy in all genres of creative writing? What are the themes we will look at in writing our legacy?
  • Week 2: Making Memories Behave: We will use prompts (writing exercises) to jar our memory; we’ll discuss how to work through difficult memories and how to make the memories you have work for you.
  • Week 3: 3 Themes: We will discuss Values, Accomplishments, and Wisdom to guide us in our writing.
  • Week 4: 3 More Themes: We will discuss Dreams, Gifts, and Remembrances as a way to bring us more fully into writing our legacy
  • Week 5: Putting it All Together: We will combine all we’ve learned and see what a finished legacy piece looks like. Students will begin work on their legacy poem/letter/creative nonfiction piece for the following week.
  • Week 6: Hand Down Your Legacy: Students will hand in their final writing piece and the instructor will go over each one and individually email students with feedback and final thoughts.

DATES: 7/23/17 – 8/27/17

INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Marie Brodsky

CLASS LIMITt: 15 students

FEE: $160


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: 5/4/17 – 7/13/17 (no class 6/22), 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Central time

DATES UPCOMING: 7/27/17 – 9/28/17 (no class 6/22), 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


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.