Wednesday, May 4 - Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4-Day Workshop.  Are your characters falling flat? Has your plot soured and curdled? This workshop proposes the cure: conflict through character, or the bottom-up approach. While many writers start with an idea of a plot or even a theme, this workshop starts with the proposition that when we let our characters do what they will, we end up with conflicts that soar, plots that dazzle. We will visit with your old characters and your new ones: all you need to bring are their thoughts and voices, a pen and paper (or a laptop), and your creative willingness.
Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 3-Day Workshop. Writing is complicated. Character, plot, imagery, metaphor, voice…there is so much to master in order to make a piece of fiction. But all of the story’s effects are built out of words, out of simple sentences. A good sentence can reveal the hidden meaning of the story, be the key to unlocking a character, or set the tone for the entire piece. In this class we will discover how the act of simply focusing on the sentence, one after another, is the fundamental tool in every phase of writing. From first draft to deep revision to final polish, finding the right sentence is your only task.
Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 3-Day Workshop.  Life often presents itself as one damned thing after another. When we set out to write about some aspect of our lives, paralysis may set in. Why this moment and not that one? Why this detail and not that other one? Given the seemingly endless array of choices, a writer might throw up her hands in confusion or despair, or fall victim to the “kitchen sink” approach. But not everything belongs, and — as V.S. Pritchettonce said — It’s all in the art. You don’t get credit for living.
Wednesday, May 4 – Friday, May 6 / by appointment only. Get Feedback from a Pro Literary agent Allison Devereux will read a sample of your work, then meet with you for a one – on -one, 15-minute consultation. SPACE IS LIMITED. By appointment only. Via e-mail, forward a 10-page sample of your manuscript (preferably the first 10 pages) as a Microsoft Word attachment to Nicole Swift This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In order to give your consultant time to review your work, submissions must be received NO LATER THAN 5 p.m. on April 22.
Wednesday, May 4 - Thursday, May 5, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 2-Day Publishing Seminar.  It is the greatest time in history to be a writer. The barrier to publishing has been torn down and now anyone can get published. But to get published successfully is a whole other matter. Eckstut and Sterry take you through the entire publishing process. This step- by -step, soups- to -nuts workshop will remove the smoke and mirrors from the murky world of publishing and give writers a compass and map to a successfully published book.
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