Five-Day Sharing Our Stories Memoir Workshop

Traditions Week 3
8-13 July 2019, 9-10:15 am
Common Ground on the Hill
McDaniel College
Westminster, MD 21157
We all have stories to tell. In this workshop, appropriate for both novice and experienced writers, we’ll tell ours in memoirs we compose and then share. After looking at different kinds of memoirs, we’ll discuss how to get started and then transform our experiences into stories that will touch others. Bring to the workshop whatever materials you’ll need to begin writing.

Sign up for individual week-long workshops or the whole week of classes, concerts, dances and other activities in the traditional roots-based arts.
More information and register here


Scene Bootcamp

Wednesday 10 July 2019, 7-8:30 pm
South Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association
Locust Point Recreation Center
1627 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
Whether you’re writing fiction or creative nonfiction, you need to be able to create dramatic scenes; they are the building blocks for your story. In this workshop with award-winning author, Barbara Morrison, we will work on creating and revising scenes that capture the reader’s interest and contribute to an outstanding story.

All meetings are open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance.


Creative Nonfiction & Memoir Writing

Saturday 13 July 2019, 2:30 -4:30 pm
Prince Georges County Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association
South Bowie Branch Library, PGCMLS
15301 Hall Rd
Bowie, MD 20721
Some of the best writing today falls within the realm of creative nonfiction. Lee Gutkind defines this popular genre, which includes memoir and literary journalism, as “true stories well told.” We’ll talk about what sets creative nonfiction apart from the familiar fiction and nonfiction categories and cover the basics to get you started writing your own creative nonfiction piece, looking specifically at memoir. Award-winning memoirist Barbara Morrison will help you sail over common stumbling blocks such as identifying your audience and exploring how to share private facts and personal feelings.

All meetings are open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance.

Statue at Brooks

Free Business of Writing Workshops

Saturdays 3-5 p.m.
10 – 31 August 2019
Brooks Library
224 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
In today’s volatile business environment, every entrepreneur must develop business skills as well as their craft. These stand-alone workshops are designed for writers but some are also useful for musicians, artists, and other entrepreneurs. They are open to teens and adults. Come to one or all; no prior registration required.

August 10 Promotion 101: These days, all authors must help promote their books, and every entrepreneur must develop marketing skills. Beginning with the three questions you must first answer to guide your marketing strategy, we will look at the marketing tools that work today and discuss the pros and cons of different promotional strategies. Among other things, we will discuss various forms of social media and how to use them effectively. We will also discuss some time management tricks and tools

August 17 Unleashing the Power of Press Releases: No matter what your business, an effective press release is the primary tool in your promotional toolbox. In this workshop, Barbara Morrison will de-mystify the different kinds of press releases and their formats. Plus she will help you get started writing one for your business, so bring writing materials and a desire to promote your business.

August 24 It’s Showtime! Giving a Successful Reading: Giving a reading is perhaps the most stressful and most rewarding part of being a writer. The connection with the audience and the rush from their reaction to your work buoys the spirit of the most jaded writer. Yet many, if not most, writers lack the performance skills to present a compelling reading. We will look at how to choose and order the selections for a reading, go over basic oral interpretation techniques, and practice by reading pieces provided. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own work to practice reading.

August 31 Submit Your Work: One of the biggest questions for writers is how to get your work published. Whether you’re writing poetry, short stories, essays, a novel or memoir, there is a process for submitting your work for publication. This introductory workshop will cover identifying a market for your work (magazine, agent, publisher), submission guidelines, writing a query letter, and how to follow up.

Round Pond

Time to Write Writers’ Retreat

Friday 20 September to Sunday 22 September 2019
Pinewoods Camp, Inc.
80 Cornish Field Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
$160 includes meals and lodging. Register by 2/28/2019 for Early Bird Pricing $130.

Join us for a weekend of writing in the woods. You’ll have opportunities to critique each other’s work using guidelines that inspire constructive and positive suggestions. Evenings might include readings and games in front of the fire. Most of all, you will have plenty of time to write. Pinewoods is a beautiful rustic camp located in a 25-acre pine and beech forest between Long Pond and Round Pond in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Its cabins are mostly double occupancy with nearby modern toilets and showers. There are lots of trails for walking, two ponds for swimming, and the whisper of pine trees to inspire you.
Download attached pdf for more information & registration
Click here to download the Writers’ Retreat registration flyer


Thoughtful Reading

Thursday 26 September 2019, Time TBD
Odyssey Program
Johns Hopkins University
Homewood Campus
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Many of us have trouble describing a book we’ve read beyond saying we liked or didn’t like it. Knowing how to evaluate a story is useful whether you’re a member of a book club or a writing critique group, someone who posts comments on Amazon and Goodreads or simply likes to recommend books to friends. In this course, we’ll examine elements to look for in a story and questions (including genre questions) to ask about them. We will then practice applying these skills in a variety of contexts.
Odyssey website; register here when fall offerings available


Creating Your Book Submission Package

Saturday 28 September 2019, Time TBD
Odyssey Program
Johns Hopkins University
Homewood Campus
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
You need to create a submission package if you want your book to be published by a traditional publisher. Although agents and editors have individual submission requirements, there are certain elements of the package that are required or recommended for all fiction and nonfiction books. Moreover, these elements are recommended even if you choose to self-publish.This course will give you the tools to create these items, including query letters, competitive analysis, marketing plan, sample chapters, fiction book synopsis, and nonfiction book proposal.
Odyssey website; register here when fall offerings available




Poetry Discussion Group

First Saturdays
12 – 2 p.m.
Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Each month we will meet to read and discuss the work of a poet. Open to all. No experience or preparation necessary. Copies of the poems are available. These casual discussions are a great way to expand your knowledge of and appreciation for poetry. Come and help us choose next month’s poet.

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Weekly Writing Prompt Service

Having trouble getting started? Need a deadline to motivate you? Sign up for Time to Write’s weekly writing prompt service and award-winning writer and teacher Barbara Morrison will email you a writing prompt every Friday. That gives you a week to respond to the prompt in any genre you desire: fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, etc. For an additional fee, email your work to Barbara by the following Thursday and she will send you a critique of your piece.
Prompt only: $5/month
Prompt and critique: $20/month. Sign up for a year and get one month free.