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February 2021

The Word Online

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST

The Word is in collaboration with Zeiders American Dream Theater, The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers. The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the…

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March 2021

Starting out Strong–TPS Workshop

March 20 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
$16

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an author in possession of a good story idea, must be in want of a killer opening. In this class we will discuss where, when, and how to start your novel or short story with a balance of grounding the reader, setting up their expectations, and compelling them to continue all in a few paragraphs. Topics will also include first lines, prologues, opener dos and don’ts, and how various genres and categories begin…

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April 2021

Poet’s Quarantini Happy Hour–Canceled

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Free

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

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

Writers Quarantini Social Hour

May 7 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Free

HRW hosts virtual social hours known as a WRITERS QUARANTINI via ZOOM the first Friday of every month, from 4:30-5:30 pm Next Quarantini May 7, 2021 Bring your sparkling water, your wine, your martini, or whatever else you prefer. Spend time with fellow writers, talking about craft, goals, frustrations, and successes. Catch up with old friends and/or make new ones. Discover others who write in your preferred genre.

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

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

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

Writers Quarantini Social Hour

June 4 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Free

HRW hosts virtual social hours known as a WRITERS QUARANTINI via ZOOM the first Friday of every month, from 4:30-5:30 pm Next Quarantini June 4, 2021 Bring your sparkling water, your wine, your martini, or whatever else you prefer. Spend time with fellow writers, talking about craft, goals, frustrations, and successes. Catch up with old friends and/or make new ones. Discover others who write in your preferred genre.  

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Jumpstarting and Revising the Poem–TPS Workshop

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

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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Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique–Canceled due to lack of interest

June 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

  SHOW AND GROW your PROSE with Professional Critique--Canceled due to lack of interest Don’t miss this opportunity to read ten minutes of your prose** (short story, memoir, or novel chapter ONLY) to the audience, followed by a brief professional critique by our guest critiquers. 3 readings per session. For the time being, this event will be held via ZOOM. If you would like to read, please send your work via the box below. If you want to attend this…

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July 2021

July Quarantini–Writers Social HOUR

July 9 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Free

Writers Quarantini Social Hour July 9 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT HRW hosts virtual social hours known as a WRITERS QUARANTINI via ZOOM (usually) the first Friday of every month, from 4:30-5:30 pm. This month the event has been moved to the second Friday   Bring your sparkling water, your wine, your martini, or whatever else you prefer. Spend time with fellow writers, talking about craft, goals, frustrations, and successes. Catch up with old friends and/or make new ones. Discover others…

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

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

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

Writer’s Quarantini Social Hour

August 6 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Free

August 6, 2021 4:30 - 5:30

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

August 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
$26.00

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

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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