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April 2021

Poet’s Quarantini Happy Hour

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Free 38 spots left

see old friends make new connections read your poetry to a live audience or BE the live audience April 16, 2021  7 - 8 p.m. FEEL THE POWER OF POETRY Our guest for the Poet Quarantini on April 16, at 7 p.m. is Terry Cox-Joseph, who is the current president of The Poetry Society of Virginia, published poet, and prolific artist.  Her latest book, Between Then and Now, a chapbook on the joys of long life and the pain of dementia,…

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From Logline to Draft: Writing Children’s Picture Books–TPS Workshop

April 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
$26 45 tickets left

Do you have an idea for a children’s picture book but don’t know where to start? Or do you feel stuck on your current picture book project? This is a hands-on workshop that will take you from writing a logline to using notecards for the beats of your story to drafting a scene for your picture book. You’ll leave this workshop with a solid plan to complete your story.

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May 2021

Self-Publishing: It’s Not All DIY–TPS Workshop

May 15 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
$26 45 tickets left

How much of self-publishing can you actually do by yourself? This workshop will take you through the steps from writing to obtaining reviews for your book. Should you hire an editor? A cover designer? Buy an ISBN? What is copyrighting and should you file for it? How do you get your books into a bookstore? It’s all here in this all-inclusive workshop.

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June 2021

Jumpstarting and Revising the Poem–TPS Workshop

June 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
$26 45 tickets left

In our writing practice, there are times when it feels as though the challenges or obstacles we encounter are insurmountable. Sometimes, we need to apply patience and care; other times, perhaps a bit more ruthlessness might be necessary for clearing away the underbrush so the poem can emerge. This poetry workshop (for poets ideally with some workshop experience) will invite participants to focus on finding (re)generative contexts for poems, as well as to try some strategies for radical revision. Poets…

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July 2021

Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: Description, Metaphor, and the Narrative Lens–TPS Workshop

July 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
$26 45 tickets left

Join novelist Diane Zinna for an exploration of how vivid descriptions can bring our readers closer to our work, advance story, and make the hearts of our characters known by what they see.

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August 2021

Writing a Spooky Story: Incorporating Horror Elements into Your Writing–TPS Workshop

August 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Free 45 tickets left

Halloweeen is just around the corner, so get ready for those spooky story submissions. The horror genre isn't for everyone, but elements of horror do appear in plenty of stories. Learn how to incorporate these elements into your work wisely, and how to make your spooky Halloween story stand out from the rest.

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October 2021

Writing Fantasy–TPS Workshop

October 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
$26 45 tickets left

The fantasy genre imagines other worlds as settings for the story, worlds where myths and legends are real, magic rules, and wondrous creatures leap off the page. With the monumental success on the page and screen of properties like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, interest in the genre is at an all-time high. But where do you begin when the only limits imposed are those of your imagination? How do you approach building an entirely new world and not…

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November 2021

Scene Building in Novels: Scene by Scene–TPS Workshop

November 20 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
$26 45 tickets left

Chances are that the last “unputdownable” novel you read was composed of dynamic, vivid scenes that gripped you from page one and never let go. In this workshop we’ll discuss the power of scenes, analyze their components, and explore traditional and non-traditional ways to keep your reader glued to the page. We’ll also practice techniques for building strong scenes and developing a habit of telling by showing.

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