All the Songs We Sing Virtual Workshop

May 30 – May 31, 2020 on Zoom

The first 50 participants will receive a FREE copy of All the Songs We Sing!

These workshops are free and for writers of all experience levels. Participants may sign up for one or multiple courses.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Writing Your Life: Turning Personal Stories into Universal Narratives

Presenter: Bridgette A. Lacy
May 30 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Bridgette A. Lacy is a journalist and author of Sunday Dinner, a finalist for the Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Lacy writes about the big and small moments of life, ranging from losing her sense of smell to a brain tumor to crafting essays on Sunday Dinner. Join her for a 90-minute creative nonfiction class, where she discusses turning your private moments into literary gold. To make readers connect to your story, your work must show the turmoil, the joy, and those private moments that resonate in their own lives. During her class, she will share some techniques for focusing your life stories and fine-tuning them for publication.

Get Into Your Write Space: Personalizing Your Fiction-Writing Practice

Presenter: Angela Belcher Epps
May 30 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Your fiction-writing journey should be primarily defined by what you care about, champion in life, imagine as possibilities, or contemplate ceaselessly. Your writing should nourish your creative heart.

Creating an authentic and satisfying writing life requires a type of reflection that’s often overlooked. Contorting one’s self to fit into writing methods that have worked for others can backfire.

This workshop helps participants align their fiction writing content and routines with their individuality. Delving into specific aspects of the writing process will generate greater levels of commitment and productivity.

Key components:
– Subject Matter: What content keeps your creative juices flowing?
– The Reading/Writing Connection: How can your reading make you a better
writer?
– Audience: Who is your ideal reader?
– Habits and Routines: What should you incorporate into your personal
operating manual?

Seven Keys to Successful Free Verse

Presenter: Crystal Simone Smith
May 31 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Free verse, from the French vers libre, became wildly popular in English poetry during the wars and has continued to be the default genre for most aspiring and professional poets. While it sounds like the genre lacks any form and structure, the adjective “free” simply means it does not rely on fixed forms, like the sonnet or haiku. Free verse poets use the techniques of poetry more subtly than traditional-verse poets. In this workshop, we will discuss seven tools used to create successful free verse poems. It is easy and common to construct bad a free verse poem, so we will examine some of the pitfalls as well. Poets of all levels are welcome!

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