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Below is a list of our upcoming classes and workshops. To register, just complete the form on the Registration page, and we'll send you a confirmation with additional class and billing information.

You can also call us directly at 937-475-5177 to register.

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Summer 2015 Classes

Date

Class Description

 
Tuesdays
July 7-August 4
6:30pm-8:30pm 

Fiction Workshop
Instructor: Katrina Kittle
 
Have you finished some writing and feel ready for feedback? Join author Katrina Kittle and other writers in a supportive and constructive environment designed to help you take your writing through the revision process. Participants are asked to have some completed work ready to exchange with others. These can be short stories or novel chapters. Your entire novel does not need to be finished! Katrina will train participants in how to discuss and give feedback, and will lead participants in workshopping each others’ writing. This class is limited to only 6 so that each participant has an opportunity to receive feedback on up to 20 pages of writing twice.    
 
Class will be held at the conference room of Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, 45419
Price: $185 

 
Writer's Staycation
Payment
Info. 

Writer's Staycation Classes are $40 each for the first 3, $35 each for classes 4 and 5. Register for all 6 and get the 6th free! To sign up, visit the Registration Page
 

 
Thursday
July 9
6:30pm-8:30pm 

Writer's Staycation: A Swift Kick in the Pants
Instructor: Katrina Kittle
 
Whether you’ve been writing a long time or are just starting out, finding (and efficiently using) writing time is nearly every writer’s greatest challenge. This class is full of tips, strategies, and motivation to manage writing time, hold yourself accountable, keep your butt in the chair, and get some words on the page! Several writing prompts for those who are stuck and in need of inspiration will also be given.    
 
Class will be held at the conference room of Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, 45419
$40

Katrina Kittle’s Bio: Katrina is the author of the novels Traveling Light, Two Truths & a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers, The Blessings of the Animals, and Reasons to Be Happy. She is a longtime teacher for Word's Worth.

 
Thursday
July 16
10:00am-12:00pm 

Writer's Staycation: Writing YOUR Story
Instructor: Darren McGarvey
 
Ever feel like your life belongs between the covers of a book? This workshop will help generate ideas and teach some of the basic techniques of writing journal entries, personal essays, and memoirs. You’ll leave with a few starts, a number of ideas, and will be ready to put thousands of words on the pages.    
 
Class will be held at the conference room of Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, 45419
$40

Darren McGarvey’s Bio: Darren is the owner of Word’s Worth Writing Connections. Along with managing the ins and outs of inspiring others to pursue their writing goals, he’s also a full-time teacher at Kettering Fairmont High School where he teaches AP Language and Theatre classes.

 
Wednesday
July 22
6:30pm-8:30pm 

Writer's Staycation: Putting a Little (or a lot) of Mystery in Your Fiction
Instructor: Sharon Short
 
Your fiction may well be beautifully written and populated with interesting characters... but is it compelling enough? Mystery writing techniques will help you create suspenseful, compelling, page turning fiction... for any genre of fiction. This workshop, appropriate for mystery writers as well as writers in all other fiction genres, will explore the techniques used to create mystery novels and show how you can apply them to your own work. Writing exercises and prompts will help you discover how to make your story as deliciously page-turning as the very best who-dun-its.    
 
Class will be held at the conference room of Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, 45419
$40 

Sharon Short's Bio: Sharon is the author of the literary coming-of-age novel, My One Square Inch of Alaska, and of two mystery series. She is the Executive Director of the Antioch Writers' Workshop and the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News.

 
Tuesday
July 28
10:00am-12:00pm 

Writer's Staycation: Queries and Questions About Traditional Publishing
Instructor: Katrina Kittle
 
This 2-hour class will give a Traditional Publishing 101 overview, explaining the sometimes complicated and convoluted process of getting a novel published through this route. We will look at how to research agents, how to write a strong query letter, and how to construct a pitch. Participants will look at and critique sample queries and will “rehearse” a pitch for feedback.    
 
Class will be held at the conference room of Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, 45419
$40 

Katrina Kittle’s Bio: Katrina is the author of the novels Traveling Light, Two Truths & a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers, The Blessings of the Animals, and Reasons to Be Happy. She is a longtime teacher for Word's Worth.

 
Tuesday
August 4
10:00am-12:00pm 

Writer's Staycation: Building a Short Story from the Ground Up
Instructor: Erin Flanagan

You’ve got great characters and a great idea, but how do you set them both in motion and keep the momentum going? Looking at structure and causation in short stories, we’ll discuss strategies to avoid common pitfalls in a story’s beginning, middle, and the ever-crucial end.

Class will be held at the conference room of Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, 45419
$40 

Erin Flangan’s Bio: Erin Flanagan is the author of two short story collections: The Usual Mistakes and It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories. She teaches fiction writing at Wright State University.

 
Tuesday
August 11
6:30pm-8:30pm 

Writer's Staycation: Plotting 101: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict
Instructor: Jeanne Estridge

You’ve got a fabulous premise and you’re totally in love with your characters, but somehow your story isn’t shaping up to be the riveting tale you envisioned. After reviewing goal, motivation and conflict—the keys to writing compelling fiction—we’ll discuss class members’ works-in-progress and apply the techniques we’ve learned to help each other solve plot problems and ramp up the action.    

Class will be held at the conference room of Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, 45419
$40 

Jeanne Estridge’s Bio: After being told her writing was strong but her plotting felt like “you just threw in everything possible,” Jeanne went on a mission to learn how to plot, winding up at McDaniel College, where she earned a Master’s Certificate in Writing the Romance Novel. Her debut novel, Demon’s Wager, was a finalist in five contests this winter, including the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart, and is currently under review by editors at Belle Books and St. Martin’s Press.

 

Manuscript Evaluations 
Katrina Kittle will evaluate novel drafts and provide in-depth, detailed feedback throughout the novel, as well as a lengthy summary at the end of what is working/what are the manuscript's strengths and suggestions for revision. Fee varies based on length of the project.
Fill out an inquiry on our Registration page for information, details, and availability.