From Preface to Publish, Writing a Book DeMystified

Spring 2014 Weekend Workshop series for writers of fiction and nonfiction

Location: 222 Arts and Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Designed for aspiring writers and veterans alike, this workshop series will provide creative and practical tools to take a book idea or book draft from inspiration to completion. Through supportive coaching and instruction, participants will:

  • develop and enhance creative writing skills
  • learn the creative art of story building
  • develop a practical strategy and timeline for completion
  • learn effective, incisive editing techniques
  • learn practical steps and procedures for self publishing

Each workshop will focus on specific creative and practical aspects of writing to publish, utilizing instructional mini-lectures, writing prompts and facilitated, constructive feedback of student work. Students taking all four workshops will emerge with a map of their book, enhanced writing skills, a strategy and timeline for completion, and practical steps to take toward publication.

All Workshops Saturday and Sunday from 1-5PM

#1  March 22 and 23:  Assessment, Strategy and Mapping – students will read from their work in progress or present their book idea to receive constructive feedback and evaluate next steps, with focus on creating and refining a map for their book, and a practical strategy and timeline for completion

# 2 April 5 and 6: Writing techniques – learning how to define and inhabit the story through characters, dialogue, choreography, backstory and evocative details to bring the story to life.

# 3 April 19 and 20: Stirring the pot – understanding relationships, their texture, tension and purpose in building meaningful, impactful story.

# 4 May 3 and 4: Preparing to launch– learn the art of creative editing, the skill of review and revision, and the practical steps and procedures to self-publish and market your book. Featuring guest speaker Candace Waldron   

Includes access to 4 two hour Writing Clinics offered between March 24 and May 9, 2014.

Space is limited. Participants must pre-register. For signup information please contact Ellen Szabo


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