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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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Spring 2014 Classes

Date

Class Description

Mondays-
April 7-21
6:30 pm-8:30 pm 

Structuring Your Novel
Instructor: Jeanne Estridge
You've written a novel, but somehow it just doesn't grab you the way you'd hoped. Or you love it, but when you send it out into the world, all it gathers is rejection slips. Or maybe you just want to know more about the nuts and bolts of plotting. If any of these describe your current writing situation, then this class may be for you. Through lecture, examples and hands-on exercises, local writer and plotting wonk Jeanne Estridge shares the techniques used by bestselling authors and successful screenwriters to craft compelling stories. Because of the intense nature of this course, registration will be limited to six participants. The class will be most helpful for the writer with a completed first draft.
Location: Oakwood Starbucks (Conference Room), 2424 Far Hills Avenue
This Class is Now Closed-Sign up for the Wait List on the Registration page

Mondays-
April 28-May 19
6:30 pm-8:30 pm 

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 4 week class will provide several exercises to strengthen your characters, develop their backstory, handle their physical description, and create their voice. We’ll examine how motivation effects character, and all the techniques available in a writers’ toolbox to develop a protagonist (and antagonist) a reader can’t forget. Participants will read PRODIGAL SUMMER by Barbara Kingsolver to examine character development over the course of a whole novel rather than just looking at samples taken out of context from a work. Class members must obtain their own copies of the novel (it is available in many editions, including softcover and eBook format, and in all local libraries). Ideally, participants will have the novel finished by the second class meeting. This class will 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 (Conference Room), 2424 Far Hills Avenue
Cost: $150 (Price includes a $10 Starbuck's gift card) Register by 3/31 and receive $10 off!

Wednesdays-
April 30-May 21
6:30 pm-8:30 pm 

Craft Class: Symbols
Instructors: Katrina Kittle & Darren McGarvey
Part English class and part writing class this seminar will take you to the works of greats like Fitzgerald, Salinger, O'Conner, and even William Shakespeare to look at how they used the power behind an ordinary object or color in their stories and how those objects had an effect on both plot and character, then you'll be given prompts and exercises to help you both recognize the power of such objects in your own writing—and to find and strengthen the symbols already buried like artifacts in your manuscript. 
Location: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN CLASS LOCATION-Flyboy's Deli (Upstairs), 2515 Far Hills Avenue
Cost: $150-Register by 3/31 and receive $10 off!

 

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.