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April 16, 2022–Planning Ahead: Working with Outlines

April 16, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Have you ever sat down to write a story and realized you have no idea how or where to start? In this workshop, we’ll go over some of the ways writers get their creative engines revved up and moving, using basic outlines as the bones of our stories, exercises in basic character formation and development to creating vivid scenes and scenarios for your characters to live and participate in. By the time this class is over, you’ll know how to make yourself start writing, and how to keep writing until your piece is done. We’ll also go over some ways to create your own outlines, and how having an outline to start with can keep you from having writer’s block in those few precious moments you have to sit and write.


Presenter Bio

Holly Day has worked as a freelance writer for over 30 years, with over 7,000 published articles, poems, and short stories and 40 books and chapbooks, including the nonfiction books Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummiesand History Lover’s Guide to Minneapolis, and the poetry books, A Book of Beasts, The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body, and Bound in Ice (Shanti Arts Publishing). Her writing has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, a 49th Parallel Prize, an Isaac Asimov Award, multiple Pushcart awards, and a Rhysling Award, and she has received two Midwest Writer’s Grants, a Plainsongs Award, the Sam Ragan Prize for Poetry, and the Dwarf Star Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She has taught at The Loft literary center in Minneapolis since 2000 and Hugo House writing center in Seattle for the past year.


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