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Creative Writing in a Nutshell: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started as a Writer
March 19, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
This class will give those new to creative writing or considering beginning creative writing, a brief overview of getting started and establishing a solid foundation whether focused on writing short stories, novels, memoirs, or other creative nonfiction. It ranges from thinking like a writer to basic writing techniques of plot, characterization, scene, setting, dialogue, point of view, pace, and so on, as well as how to edit the work and get it published commercially or by self-publishing. Those who’ve been writing for a while will find the class a useful review of the basics all storytellers need to know to be successful.
Frank Milligan, holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in business and public administration, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. A retired federal agent, law enforcement senior executive, and a former counterintelligence agent, he teaches creative writing at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the College of William and Mary, and has taught at Northern Virginia Community College, the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, and various other venues and writers’ conferences. His traditionally published book, Time to Write: Discovering the Writer Within After 50, 2007, Quill Driver Books, won a National Mature Media silver award. His short fiction and nonfiction have won local, state, and regional awards. He is a past president of the Chesapeake Bay Writers, and a member of the International Thriller Writers.