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March 16, 2024 TPS Workshop–Writing Stand-Out Flash by Randall Brown

By Lauran Strait / December 1, 2023 / 0 Comments

Writing Stand-Out Flash  This workshop focuses on writing flash fiction for publication. In editors’ slush piles, hundreds or thousands of flash compete for attention. Here, we’ll discuss ways to make your flash sparkle.

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April 5, 2024–Writer’s Virtual Social Hour (AKA–the Quarantini)

By Lauran Strait / January 2, 2024 / 0 Comments

Spend an hour talking to your writer friends. Make new friends. Compare notes. Eat, drink, and be merry!

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April 20, 2024–TPS Workshop–What Makes Writing Flow? by A.D. Nauman

By Lauran Strait / December 1, 2023 / 0 Comments

What Makes Writing Flow? What do we mean when we talk about “flow”? “Flow” is a function of grammar, word choice, and transitional language, but it also connects to readers’ expectations. In this class, we’ll analyze a variety of texts for flow and tackle the big question of when, if ever, authors might intentionally disrupt […]

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May 3, 2024–Writer’s Virtual Social Hour (AKA–the Quarantini)

By Lauran Strait / January 2, 2024 / 0 Comments

Spend an hour talking to your writer friends. Make new friends. Compare notes. Eat, drink, and be merry!

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May 4, 2024 Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique at the Muse

By Lauran Strait / January 9, 2024 / 0 Comments

Don’t miss the chance to get free, professional feedback on your written work. Presenters will read up to ten minutes of their material, which will be followed by another ten minutes of feedback from our guest critiquers Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal. If you desire, your material can be read anonymously by one of our staff. We […]

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May 11, 2024 — In Person Social at Kelly’s Restaurant Haygood

By Lauran Strait / January 16, 2024 / Comments Off on May 11, 2024 — In Person Social at Kelly’s Restaurant Haygood

In Person Social   The Second of Three in 2024   Meet and mingle with fellow writers in a casual atmosphere on May 11, from 2 – 4:30 PM. Have a late lunch or an early dinner at Kelly’s Restaurant in the Haygood shopping center in Virginia Beach. Good conversation will abound. You might even […]

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May 18, 2024 — TPS Workshop — Write Tight: Why it’s Important and How to Do it, by Miko Marsh

By Lauran Strait / January 18, 2024 / Comments Off on May 18, 2024 — TPS Workshop — Write Tight: Why it’s Important and How to Do it, by Miko Marsh

Write Tight: Why it’s Important and How to Do it Storytelling can be used to entertain, inform, reenact events, express emotions, and teach. Whether you’re working on a poem or an epic novel, your word choice and delivery will affect your audience’s ability to connect to what you’ve written. In this workshop, Miko Marsh will […]

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June 7, 2024–Writer’s Virtual Social Hour (AKA–the Quarantini)

By Lauran Strait / January 2, 2024 / 0 Comments
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June 15, 2024–From Idea to First Draft: How to Plot Your Novel by Leslye Penelope

By Lauran Strait / January 3, 2024 / 0 Comments

From Idea to First Draft: How to Plot Your Novel   Turning inspiration into a finished novel is often daunting. In this workshop, you’ll learn a proven step-by-step process for structuring your story idea into a draft-ready outline. Learn to develop memorable characters, craft internal and external character arcs, and sequence pivotal events and tensions […]

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July 20, 2024 — TPS Workshop — Point of View: Who is Telling the Story (and to Whom), by Clifford Garstang

By Lauran Strait / January 17, 2024 / Comments Off on July 20, 2024 — TPS Workshop — Point of View: Who is Telling the Story (and to Whom), by Clifford Garstang

Point of View: Who is Telling the Story (and to Whom) In this seminar, we’ll look at Point of View from a different perspective. (See what I did there?) While a writer’s choice of a narrator for a story (or essay, or even a poem) is critical and one that most writers put a great […]

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