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

Spring 2017 Classes

Date

Class Description

First Tuesday
of Each Month--
March 7 or
April 4 
6:30-8:30 PM

FIRST TUESDAY WRITING WORKOUTS--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Word’s Worth begins a new tradition—an informal-tune-up-charge-your-engine writing workout. On the first Tuesday of each month you’ll gather to receive intriguing writing prompts and time to explore them. You’ll get a mini-craft lesson, loads of tips, and the opportunity to share your impromptu pieces. Turn off the inner critic, connect with fellow writers, and collect some inspiration for the month!

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

April Workout-NEW LOCATION, Dorothy Lane Market, Market at Settlers Walk, 740 N. Main Street, Springboro, 45066 

Price: $10 per Monday per month

Register for March Class Below

Register for April Class Below: Note, New Location

Mondays--
March 6-
April 3 
12:00-2:00pm 

MEMOIR: WRITE YOUR STORY--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Every person has a story. Whether you want to honor someone who’s made a difference in your life, document unique experiences or travels, or record your family history, this five-week class will help beginning or experienced writers put their stories on paper. This course will help you narrow the focus of your story, give it shape, and define its underlying theme. We’ll examine storytelling techniques and pitfalls, and plenty of prompts and exercise will help you dig deeper into your life and mine important memories that add depth to your story. Class members will be asked to obtain a copy of the memoir Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller, which we will be discussing throughout the course.

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

Price: $165

 

Thursday--
March 23
6:30-8:30pm 

CRAFT a la CARTE: CHARACTER--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

We are offering the popular Craft of Fiction Course one topic at a time for those folks who are unable to commit to a series. Join us for two hours on the most integral element of fiction—character. From the very opening pages of your story, your main character is responsible for giving the reader some reason to engage, to care, and to keep reading. We’ll examine the crucial keys to character: motivation and personal stakes. We’ll discuss how to develop backstory and the difference between internal and external characterization. This class can help you create a character, or give more depth to a character you're already working with in a work-in-progress.          

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

Price: $45  

 

Thursday--
March 30
6:30-8:30pm 

EMPATHY & ANTAGONISTS--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

In the classic novel TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Atticus Finch tells his daughter, “If you can learn a little trick Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Empathy—the ability to identify with others—is a required ingredient for being a good writer (and for being a better human being!), and nowhere is this more obvious than in our “villains.” All antagonists are richer, more interesting and complex characters when they are created as real human beings instead of cardboard cutout stereotypes. A variety of writing exercises will help you consider other points of view, “humanize” your villains, and help you see that understanding someone’s actions and condoning someone’s actions are two very different things.         

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

Price: $45  

 

Tuesday--
April 11
6:30-8:30pm 

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  

 

 

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.