Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Upcoming Colleen Anderson Workshops

Writer Colleen Anderson will be conducting some writing workshops in the near future.

April 18-23: Cedar Mountain Writing Workshop. This workshop, which will be held in a private cabin near Brevard, NC, is limited to a few participants, but there's room for at least one more person. With five days of workshopping, time to explore the area (near Asheville, NC), and breakfasts/lunchesincluded, it's a remarkably affordable $350. Rental cabins are
available, and there may be a bedroom left in a cabin that's being rented by several already-registered participants. You can download more info and a registration form at my website: www.motherwitdesign.com/workshops.html/

May 16-21: Sensory and Specific: A Creative Writing Course. A week- long Exploritas program at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, WV.

Find out more about this workshop by visiting www.exploritas.org and search for "Sensory and Specific," or call 1-800-454-5768 to register.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Workshop at Chautauqua Scholarship Program

This information may be of interest to our members who write children's books.

Established in 1985, the Highlights Foundation is a nonprofit organization which helps authors and illustrators who write and illustrate for children of all ages. They have genre specific workshops and working retreats year round. There is also a scholarship program available for their flagship workshop, the Writers Workshop at Chautauqua, and the deadline is quickly approaching. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 12, 2010.

Please visit www.HighlightsFoundation.org or e-mail jo.lloyd@highlightsfoundation.org for more information.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"So You Want to Write a Book" workshop

Rosalyn Queen Alonso will be conducting a workshop entitled "So You Want To Write A Book" at the United Technical Center on RT. 19 N, in Clarksburg.

It will start on February 2 and run for eight weeks from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

The course will cover the basics from getting started to marketing a finished product. There will also be local published authors sharing their experiences and tips.

For more information or to register contact Charlotte Lake at the UTC or clake2008@yahoo.com

Queen-Alonso is a published author with her book "Arriverdici, Recipes and Customs Every Italian Girl Takes From Home" now in its fifth printing

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Sandy Tritt Free Workshop in Clarksburg

(This news courtesy of el Presidente Terry McNemar)

For anyone who likes to write, there will be a free writing workshop this saturday at the Waldomore Mansion next to the Clarksburg Public Library. The presenter is Sandy Tritt, and she will be giving a workshop on creating lean and strong prose.

If you would like to attend, it will be at 9:30, and there will be a gift drawing at 9:29.

PLEASE RSVP to the.crows.quill@gmail.com if anyone would like to attend.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Patchwork Writers Intensive One Day Workshop

Patchwork Writers Group of Huntington will offer a day of workshops on August 15, 2009 at the Huntington Museum of Art. Picturebook author Sarah Sullivan and writer and editor Geoffrey Cameron Fuller will be leading the workshops. There are a limited number of slots available for these workshops, so pre-registration is suggested.

Sarah Sullivan is the author of four picture books. Her second book, Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother, (Candlewick 2005), was an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award winner. Her third book, Passing the Music Down is forthcoming from Candlewick and her fourth book, Once Upon A Baby Brother, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her poetry has appeared in Cricket magazine and she holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College where she was the recipient of the Harcourt Post-Graduate scholarship. She also received an Individual Artist Fellowship/Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Prior to writing for children, Sarah practiced law for fourteen years. Currently, she writes full-time and conducts writing workshops and visiting author programs in schools throughout the country.

Geoffrey Cameron Fuller’s fiction and nonfiction has been published in newspapers and newsmagazines, literary and genre periodicals, fiction collections and classroom textbooks. As a book evaluator and editor, Fuller’s work has also helped clients win awards and Fellowships, most recently winning a national award—a bronze IPPY, the Independent Publisher Book Award—for the history, Monongah (Davitt McAteer, West Virginia University Press). Fuller was on the editorial board of Writer’s Digest for a number of years and currently writes, edits, and teaches in Charleston, West Virginia.

HUNTINGTON
MUSEUM OF ART
2033 McCoy Road,
Huntington, WV

10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

COST $20.00

Deadline for Registration:
August 8, 2009

Limited to 40 people

Download official registration form HERE.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Patchwork Writers Workshop

Patchwork Writers Group of Huntington will offer a day of workshops on August 15, 2009 at the Huntington Museum of Art. Picturebook author Sarah Sullivan and writer and editor Geoffrey Cameron Fuller will be leading the workshops. There are a limited number of slots available for these workshops, so pre-registration is suggested.

Sarah Sullivan is the author of four picture books. Her second book, Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother, (Candlewick 2005), was an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award winner. Her third book, Passing the Music Down is forthcoming from Candlewick and her fourth book, Once Upon A Baby Brother, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her poetry has appeared in Cricket magazine and she holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College where she was the recipient of the Harcourt Post-Graduate scholarship. She also received an Individual Artist Fellowship/Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Prior to writing for children, Sarah practiced law for fourteen years. Currently, she writes full-time and conducts writing workshops and visiting author programs in schools throughout the country.

Geoffrey Cameron Fuller’s fiction and nonfiction has been published in newspapers and newsmagazines, literary and genre periodicals, fiction collections and classroom textbooks. As a book evaluator and editor, Fuller’s work has also helped clients win awards and Fellowships, most recently winning a national award—a bronze IPPY, the Independent Publisher Book Award—for the history, Monongah (Davitt McAteer, West Virginia University Press). Fuller was on the editorial board of Writer’s Digest for a number of years and currently writes, edits, and teaches in Charleston, West Virginia.

HUNTINGTON
MUSEUM OF ART
2033 McCoy Road,
Huntington, WV

10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

COST $20.00

Deadline for Registration:
August 8, 2009

Limited to 40 people

Download official registration form HERE.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Belinda Anderson Creative Writing Workshop #2

Creative Writing Workshop
MAY 28, 2009 NEW RIVER TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE GREENBRIER VALLEY CAMPUS, LEWISBURG, WV, 10a TO 4p.

The story of your life is itching to be written, awaiting your reflections on the path your life has taken and where it's headed. This workshop offers techniques in mining the rich veins of your memory. Learn how to express and organize your thoughts as memoir. You'll leave the workshop having already begun to write the story of your life and with the skills to continue. Lecture will be supplemented by in class exercises to jump start the creative process. Cost is $75. Preregistration is required. Deadline for registration is May 21, 2009. To register or for more information contact NRTCC at 304-647-6570.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Belinda Anderson Creative Writing Workshop #1

Creative Writing Workshop
MAY 19, 2009 NEW RIVER TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE GREENBRIER VALLEY CAMPUS, LEWISBURG, WV, 6:30 TO 8:30P.


Author Belinda Anderson teaches this introductory workshop that will show writers how to develop an idea into a narrative, using the elements of character, plot and setting to craft a story. Participants will learn how to use the structural elements of fiction to create a short story. Lecture will be supplemented by in class exercises to jump start the creative process. Cost is $25. Preregistration is required.

Deadline for registration is May 14, 2009. To register or for more information contact NRTCC at 304-647-6570.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

For Mothers & Daughters Creative Writing Workshop in Lewisburg

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Friday, March 20, 2009

2009 Writers Toolkit: Workshops for Writers one Week Away

(From the WV Division of Culture and History Website...)

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History in collaboration with the West Virginia Library Commission will present an intensive creative writing skills workshop on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The conference, Writers’ Toolkit, is free and open to the public.

There will be two sessions of two-hour workshops: 10 a.m. - noon, and 1 - 3 p.m. Each session will feature four concurrent classes. The morning session will offer “Writing Short Essays for Radio” with Colleen Anderson of Charleston; “Basic Writing Elements” with Richard Schmitt of Buckhannon; “Poetry: Getting Started” with Doug Van Gundy of Elkins; and “How Do You Publish for Children” with Cheryl Ware of Elkins.

Anderson will discuss writing and performing the artful short essay that can have listeners laughing or crying as they hear it. She’ll also explore inspirations for the essays from childhood memories to pet peeves to passionate beliefs, and have participants listen to some great essays and try their hand at writing one. Schmitt’s session will include the practice of basic writing craft elements focusing primarily on scenes versus exposition, points of view and altering the time element. He will have students practice exercises which will be read out loud and discussed.

Van Gundy will focus on the Irish poet Seamus Heaney’s three steps: getting started, keeping going, and getting started again. This includes creating a first draft, editing the draft and getting feedback from others. Ware will share her experience of working with small and large publishers and discuss the importance of studying trends in the children’s book market.

Afternoon sessions will offer “Travel Writing” with Anderson; “Strategies for Subduing the Self (Author)” with Schmitt; “Poetry: Keeping Going” with Van Gundy; and “Through the Eyes of a Child: Tailoring Your Narrative for Children” with Ware.

Anderson’s workshop will be a nuts-and-bolts introduction to travel writing in a variety of forms–from book-length travel guides to magazine features to newspaper articles to online publications. She also will cover topics such as pitching feature ideas, getting travel assignments, the importance of word counts, and the differences between traveling as a tourist and traveling as a writer. Schmitt’s session will include strategies for subduing the self (author) in stories both in first and third person. He will focus on how strong narrators present and translate action so that the author might separate himself or herself from the material allowing the reader to engage in the action objectively.

Van Gundy’s second workshop is tailored to students seeking strategies for revising their poems for clarity, musicality and cohesiveness. He would like participants to bring a poem in progress with them for group discussion. Ware’s session will discuss the difference between the picture book, chapter book, middle grade, young adult, and an adult novel with a young protagonist. She will present practice writing narratives for these different age levels.

Anderson is a freelance writer, performer, graphic designer and owner of Mother Wit Writing and Design, a creative studio. She has published a travel book, many feature articles, short stories, poems, two collections of original songs, and her award-winning radio essays are frequently heard on West Virginia Public Radio. She regularly teaches a weeklong workshop on short essays at Ghost Ranch, an arts center in New Mexico, and for more than 10 years, Anderson has written editorial copy for West Virginia’s official visitor guide, which earned the designation of “best state visitor guide in the U.S.” in 2005.

Schmitt has published stories in Puerto del Sol, Gulf Coast, Flyway, and Marlboro Review, among others. His story, “Leaving Venice, Florida” won first prize in The Mississippi Review short story contest and was anthologized in New Stories of the South: The Year’s Best 1999. He also has written two novels: The Aerialist (Harcourt Brace, 2001) and Kodiak (to be published soon). Schmitt is an associate professor of creative writing at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Van Gundy’s poems and essays have appeared in The Oxford American, Ecotone, Waccamaw, The Lullwater Review, The Fretboard Journal and Goldenseal. His first book of poems, A Life Above Water, was published in 2007 by Red Hen Press. He has been a visiting writer at Randolph Macon College, Barton College, Coastal Carolina University and Davis & Elkins College, and was recently an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Fla.

Ware is the author of the spunky Venola Mae books: Flea Circus Summer, Catty-Cornered, Venola in Love, and Venola the Vegetarian. Her educational picture book, Roberta Price Has Head Lice, is enjoyed by children and teachers alike. Currently, she is working as a writing consultant in West Virginia schools and working on a collaborative poetry book with a friend.

In addition, from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., the West Virginia Book Company will have books for sale and Mark Phillips, who has more than 20 years graphic design experience, and 15 years experience working in book design, will offer assistance to writers on graphic design services and publishing books. Participants should bring pens, pencils and writing tablets. They are welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat from noon - 1 p.m. There also are several eateries available within one block of the Cultural Center.

For more information about the Writers Toolkit workshop, contact Jacqueline Proctor, deputy commissioner for the Division, at (304) 558-0220.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Event Website: http://www.wvculture.org/museum/2009writerscon.doc

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Morgantown Writers Group Short Fiction Workshop

Where Did You Get That Idea & Where Did That Character Come From?
Presented by Barbara Smith * Novelist, Short Story Writer, Poet

Saturday, November 15th
Morgantown Public Library, Spruce Street
Downtown Morgantown, WV
Nominal registration charge for workshop
Discount on critiques for WVW Members

About Presenter * Morgantown Writers Group hosts Barbara Smith, novelist and short story writer; a free-lance writer/editor, and medical ethicist. Formerly Emerita Professor of Literature and Writing and former Chair of the Division of the Humanities, Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia, she has published: Demonstrative Pronouns (poetry), Judge Ira Robinson: West Virginia Statesman and Man of Letters (biography), Chick Flicks (short stories). She is a community activist and sports nut.

Schedule and Registration * November 15, Saturday:
Doors Open * 9:15 a.m.
Morning * 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Short Fiction Workshop
Afternoon * 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Advance Critique Workshop**
Make reservation by November 8th. To Register, write to:
Patricia.Patteson@mail.wvu.edu Details on flyer.

** Manuscript Critique: We will accept short fiction manuscripts (1,000 words to 3,000 words) only in advance for the critique workshop, scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The guest presenter will review each work and discuss strengths and weaknesses in this session. Send manuscripts to George.Lies@mail.wvu.edu by Nov. 6th.

SEE FLYER

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ongoing Writers Workshop in Lewisburg

Event: Building a Community of Influence
Date: October 15, 2008 06:30PM
Location: Carnegie Hall, 105 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV, United States

Description: Writer and poet Tim Armentrout will be leading a writing workshop at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday nights, October through December from 6:30 to 8:30.

Here's the course description:

What is a voice? How do we use it? Who, or what, has influenced its development? Commonly we carry around the stereotype of the writer as being reclusive, perhaps even half crazy. Someone who rarely ventures out into society for positive reason. For instance, the figure of Edgar Allen Poe, sad, addicted, alone. In this course, we will seek to challenge those ideas, .. I'll be leading a writing workshop on Wednesday nights, October through December from 6:30 to 8:30. Here's the course description:

What is a voice? How do we use it? Who, or what, has influenced its development? Commonly we carry around the stereotype of the writer as being reclusive, perhaps even half crazy. Someone who rarely ventures out into society for positive reason. For instance, the figure of Edgar Allen Poe, sad, addicted, alone. In this course, we will seek to challenge those ideas, to create a new perception of the writer as one who is in collaboration with everything, to question whether one can ever be truly alone, and eventually build a functioning community of influence where students will foster the growth of their own writing through the construction of a local reading series.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Laurie Helgoe Workshop in Charleston

Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D., author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising Boys and The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Breaking Up will be offering a workshop in Charleston, WV, in September entitled Get it Published.

Tuition: $140 if postmarked by August 15, 2008
$150 space available after August 15, 2008 Fee includes book proposal workbook

SCHEDULE

9:30 What It Takes

10:00 How It's Done

10:45 Break

11:00 Making It Publishable

12:30 Lunch (on your own)

1:45 Anatomy of a Book

2:30 Break

2:45 Agent Matchmaking

3:30 Go. Get Published!

For more information or to register, visit her website at http://www.wakingdesire.com/book_it.html

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