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February 2022

Creating and Sustaining the Fictional Dream: Using Solid Limited-Third Person Point of View to Help Readers Live in Your Fictional Dreamworld

February 19, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
ONLINE VA United States + Google Map
$10.00 – $30.00

In this ZOOM workshop, participants will learn how to create and maintain a vivid and continuous fictional dream. We'll also discuss how to avoid bumping the reader out of the dream via authorial or narrative intrusion, clumsy writing, deviation in real-time linearity, telling rather than showing, improper internal monologue presentation, and many other things. We will do a few writing exercises that participants may share with the group or not.

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March 2022

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
ONLINE VA United States
$10.00 – $30.00

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…

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April 2022

April 16, 2022–Planning Ahead: Working with Outlines

April 16, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
ONLINE VA United States
$10.00 – $30.00

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…

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May 2022

May 21, 2022 TPS workshop: The Lost Art of Copiousness: Using Words Well To Give Your Writing An Edge (ZOOM)

May 21, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
ONLINE VA United States
$10.00 – $30.00

How much do you have to say? Plenty? A great deal? Copious amounts? Loads? Heaps? Oodles? A boatload? Having much to say is a good start, but having facility with saying it is another matter. In this workshop, we will investigate the lost art of superfluity, not only with plot material but also with words themselves. Workshop activities may include synonym battles, thesaurus spelunking, and discussions about reading habits, commonplace books, memory-building techniques.

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June 2022

June 18, 2022 – ZOOM TPS Workshop, Writer Meets World: Effectively Researching Your Story’s Time and Place in History, presented by Alma Katsu

June 18, 2022 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT
ONLINE VA United States
$10.00 – $30.00

Do you suffer from research paralysis? Are you intimidated by huge research projects in unfamiliar time periods, or one where there is an impossible amount of material to choose from? In this session, the author of widely acclaimed Donner Party retelling The Hunger (and recently published WWII novel The Fervor) explains how she applies research methods from her 30-year career as an analyst for CIA and RAND to historical fiction. Topics will include properly scoping research projects so you don’t…

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July 2022

July 23, 2022 TPS workshop: How to Perform Surgery on Your Manuscript to Create Dynamic Prose That Will Keep Your Readers Engaged

July 23, 2022 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT
ONLINE VA United States
$10.00 – $30.00

In this interactive seminar, we will examine real-world excerpts, including some from well-known published authors, in exercises focused on streamlining the writing. Participants will bring examples of their own work for similar exercises. Topics include: Active vs passive voice; Showing vs Telling; adverb and adjective abuses; abuse of filler words, overwriting/redundancy; and more.

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August 2022

AUG 20, 2022 TPS–Keeping the pages Turning: How to Create Suspense, presented by Brad Parks

August 20, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
ONLINE VA United States
$10.00 – $30.00

Regardless of genre, the rocket fuel for all books—fiction and non-fiction alike—is suspense. You have to keep readers desperate to know what happens next. But how do you accomplish that? How do you keep them turning those pages? Relying on tips and insights he’s learned across the nearly twenty books he’s published as a novelist and ghostwriter—in both the thriller genre and elsewhere—international bestselling author Brad Parks will share his not-quite-patented Formula For Suspense. (Yes, he can express it algebraically;…

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October 2022

October 7, 2022 Writers Quarantini–Canceled

October 7, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
ONLINE VA United States
Free

Spend an hour with your writer friends.  Make new friends.

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OCT 15, 2022 TPS–Draw Your Readers In – Understanding (and Controlling) Psychic Distance in Your Writing, presented by Valerie Wilkinson

October 15, 2022 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT
ONLINE VA United States
$10.00 – $30.00

Most writers think of point of view (POV) in terms of 1st, 2nd, and all the variations of 3rd, but POV is much more powerful and complex than this. Another critical element of POV is how close the reader feels to the characters and the action of the story. This workshop will investigate psychic, or narrative, distance by explaining the mechanics and uses of this element of craft, reading and discussing examples, spending time on short, illustrative writing exercises, and…

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November 2022

NOV 19, 2022 TPS workshop–SHORT STORIES: Crafting a Cohesive Collection, presented by Bill Glose

November 19, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
ONLINE VA United States
$10.00 – $30.00

This session will explain the benefits to having a theme for your collection and detail the various ways a book of short fiction can be structured. How to derive a theme from stories already written will also be discussed.

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