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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.

Visit our
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Spring 2016 Classes

Date

Class Description

Wednesday,
June 1  
6:30-8:30 PM

CRAFT A LA CARTE: DESCRIPTION--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Elmore Leonard said, “I try to leave out the parts people skip.” Nothing makes a reader skim more than long, flat passages of description that stop a story’s momentum. No matter what kind of writing you do (fiction, memoir, poetry, essay), this class offers tips, tricks, and exercises designed to make your descriptions come to life. Everyone tells writers “Show don’t tell,” and this class will show you how to do that effectively and creatively. We’ll look at lots of published samples where description is doing double- and triple-duty in a story, and you’ll write some of your own as well.

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419 

Price: $45  SALE PRICE: $40

Wednesdays,
June 8-July 6  
6:30-8:30 PM

CRAFT CLASS: CHARACTERIZATION--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Of all the elements of fiction, character is the most important. From the very opening pages of your story, your main character is responsible for giving the reader some reason to care and keep reading. But how do you evoke that kind of identification with the reader? This five-week series will provide several exercises to strengthen your characters, develop their backstory, handle their physical description, and create their voice. We'll look at examples of beloved characters from The Walking Dead to Barbara Kingsolver novels, examine how motivation affects character, and all the techniques available in a writer's toolbox to develop a protagonist (and antagonist) a reader can't forget. This series will help you create a character, or give more depth to a character you're already working with in a work-in-progress. Note: We will be using the novel Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver in class. Participants are encouraged to obtain their own copy (in any format).

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $155 SALE: $145

Tuesday,
June 21  
6:30-8:30 PM

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.

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419 

Cost: $45  SALE PRICE: $40  

Thursday,
June 23  
6:30-8:30 PM

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.

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $45  SALE PRICE: $40

 

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.