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Writing workshops offered in Charlotte

Workshops for writers
The Writers’ Workshop is offering workshops for beginning to experienced writers, held on Saturdays at the Shalom Center in Charlotte (12:30-5:30 p.m.). The registration fee is $70 for members, $75 for non-members. Scholarships are available for low-income writers.
Advanced registration is required, either online at www.twwoa.org or by mail. For more information, please e-mail writersw@gmail .com, or call 828-254-8111.
Writing non-fiction articles with Mike Weinstein, June 6. Beginning to intermediate writers will receive tips on interviewing, researching, writing the query letter and selling human-interest stories to newspapers and magazines. Participants may bring up to three pages of writing for in-class evaluation. Weinstein is features editor at The Charlotte Observer.
Fiction workshop with Karen Ackerson, June 20. The class will receive information on writing short stories and novels, with a focus on characterization, conflict, dialogue and sense of place. Turning life experiences into fiction will also be discussed, and students may bring five pages to the class for evaluation. Ackerson is senior editor at the Renbourne Editorial Agency.Writer’s Block Buster with Veronica Fisher, July 11. In this small, informal class, participants will learn how to overcome stumbling blocks to creativity and how to write about major life transitions. In-class writing exercises and discussion will be led by Fisher, a journaling instructor and psychotherapist.
Screenplay Writing with Nathan Freeman, July 18. The class will learn the format for writing screenplays, including characterization, dialogue, scenario, conflict and resolution. Students may bring three pages of work or a synopsis to the class for review. Freeman teaches at UNC-Charlotte and is founder of Montage Showcase Ensemble.
Fine-tuning for publication with Richard Krawiec, July 25. Writers of fiction or creative non-fiction will receive tips on revising and readying work for publication. Information on writing the query letter, finding the right agent, and how to submit your work will also be given. Three pages and a synopsis may be brought to the class for evaluation. Krawiec is the author of novels and poems. He has received Creative Writing fellowships from the N.C. Arts Council, and teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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