Writers’ Workshop sets classes in Charlotte starting Feb. 2
These Writers’ Workshop classes, for any level writer, meet at Providence Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
Registration is in advance only, by mail or online at www.twwoa.org. Financial aid in exchange for volunteering is available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org/828-254-8111.
Feb. 2: Screenplay Writing with Nathan Ross Freeman — The class will receive an overview of writing for the screen. Discussion will include various formats, structures and techniques, as well as tips on creating interesting characters and realistic dialogue. Students may bring a screenplay idea or synopsis to the class for review.
Freeman has written and produced indie feature films such as “Mr. Bones” and “Authoring Action.” Saturday, 12-5 p.m. $75/70 Workshop members.
Feb. 16: Writing the Short Story with Dale Neal — This class, for beginning and experienced writers, will focus on techniques for crafting the short story. Publishing information will also be given, and students may bring up to five pages for in-class review.
Neal holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. His short stories have appeared in Arts & Letters, North Carolina Literary Review, Carolina Quarterly and elsewhere. His first novel, “Cow Across America,” won the 2009 Novello Literary Award. He is an editor and columnist at the Asheville Citizen-Times. Saturday, 12-5 p.m. $75/$70 members.
March 9: Self-Editing Workshop with Karen Ackerson — Writers of fiction or nonfiction will learn how to edit and revise their works before submitting to an agent or publisher. Techniques will be taught on how to grab the reader’s interest by eliminating unnecessary details, building tension and fine-tuning dialogue and descriptions. Participants may bring 10 pages (double-spaced) to the class for discussion.
Ackerson is senior editor at the Renbourne Editorial Agency, and has edited stories, books and essays. Meets Saturday, 12-5 p.m. $75/$70 members.
March 30: Write Your Life, part 2 with Richard Krawiec — This class is a continuation of Krawiec’s popular memoirs class. In this supportive writing-intensive class, participants will learn how to draw on the “material” of your life to write and revise memoirs, stories, or plays. Elements covered include time compression and expansion, how to focus on theme, recognizing your purpose, and developing your piece professionally. Krawiec is the author of numerous books and poems such as “Breakdown: A Father’s Story,” “Faith in What?” and “Time Sharing.” His work is published in Shenandoah, Florida Review, and N.C. Literary Review, among others. Meets Saturday, 12-5 p.m. $75/$70 members.
April 13: The Fast Track to Publication with Laine Cunningham — Fiction and nonfiction book writers will learn the three items critical to pitching agents and publishers: the query letter, synopsis and author bio. You’ll discover industry secrets such as how to approach publishers without an agent; what kinds of “calling cards” to mention in your query; and how to write an effective synopsis. Any writer will benefit from this class, including those working on novellas, young adult novels, short story collections, novels, memoirs or self-help books. Cunningham has been a publishing consultant for twenty years. She has conducted writing and marketing seminars at The Loft, the National Writers Union, and other national organizations. Saturday, 12-5 p.m. $75/70.