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Charlotte Writing Workshops

These classes, for any level writer, meet at Providence Presbyterian Church, Providence Road, in Charlotte. Registration is in advance only, by mail or online at www.twwoa.org. Financial aid in exchange for volunteering is available. For information, contact writersw@gmail.com/828-254-8111.

Oct. 15: Write Your Life with Richard Krawiec — In this supportive writing-intensive class, participants will learn how to draw on the “material” of their lives to write and revise memoirs, stories, or plays. Elements covered include time compression and expansion, theme, recognizing your purpose, and developing your piece professionally.

Krawiec is the author of numerous books 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.

Nov. 12: Writing the Screenplay with Nathan Ross Freeman

The class will learn all aspects of writing the screenplay, including formatting, characterization, sequence structures, and how to adapt any genre to a screenplay. Freeman’s credits include the independent feature film, “Mr. Bones,” the official selection of 12 National and International Film Festivals; and the feature documentary, “Authoring Action,” awarded 2010 Best Documentary in the U.K. He has taught at UNCC and Salem College, and is a member of the NC Humanities Speakers Bureau.

Meets Saturday, 12-5 p.m. $75/$70 members.

Nov. 19:  Creating Memorable Characters & Dialogue with Karen Ackerson — Fiction writers will learn how to create unforgettable characters with flaws, idiosyncrasies and a unique way of speaking. We will examine how a character’s strengths and weaknesses form the backbone of any good story, and how to write a character sketch in class. Students may bring up to five pages, double-spaced, to the class for review. Ackerson has taught writing and editing courses for over 25 years throughout the southeast. As Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency, she has edited over 500 novels and memoirs.

Meets Saturday, 12-5 p.m.  $75/$70 members.

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