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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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Contact Us page if you'd like for us to design a special program specific to you or your group's writing needs.

Summer/Fall 2015 Classes

Date

Class Description

 
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
This class is full and has closed. There will be another offering soon. 

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.

 
Tuesdays
September 15--
October 13 
10:00am-12:00pm 

Fiction Jumpstart
Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Have you found yourself in a summer slump or are you ready to make big progress on your latest writing project? Well Fiction Jumpstart is back to help you start a writing project...or to finally finish one! Several weekly writing prompts and exercises will help you explore material, and will lead to the development of a character and the structure of a plot. Light homework will nudge you into productivity and build your momentum. Participants will share and discuss their exercises in a supportive, informal setting. A portion of each class will also be devoted to some aspect of the writing life, such as writer’s block, dealing with the inner critic, and ways to carve a writing schedule out of our crazy busy lives.   

Class will be held at the conference room of Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, 45419
$160 

 
Tuesdays
September 15--
October 13
6:30pm-8:30pm 

Craft Class: Character
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).

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

$160

 
Wednesday
September 23
6:30pm-8:30pm 

Craft Class a la Carte: Voice
Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Don't have time to commit to the five week Craft of Fiction overview course? You can still get the same course a la carte, one class at time. First up: Voice. One of the most fun areas of craft! Do your characters have strong, individual voices or do they all sound like each other (or sound like you)? We’ll look at examples of memorable, distinctive character voices in published work, and also delve into prompts and exercises designed to help you create those individual voices in your own work.    

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

 
Tuesday
October 27
6:30pm-8:30pm 

NaNoWriMo: Kick in the Pants
Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Have you always wanted to write but you find yourself never quite getting around to it? Do you have a novel in you burning to get out? Then why not try National Novel Writing Month (November)? Or maybe you've already tried NaNoWriMo it before but ended up with pages and pages of words…but no real story? Either way, this workshop can help you get unstuck and moving in your writing! We will focus on questions about character motivation, conflict, and personal stakes that will help you keep a plot moving forward and keep your story focused. The two hours will also be full of tips, strategies, and motivation to manage writing time, hold yourself accountable, keep your butt in a the chair, and get some words on the page! Several writing prompts will also be given. Note: You don't have to be attempting NaNoWriMo to benefit from this class. 

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