ONLINE Creative Writing Workshops

Saturdays in February, 2021
4-5 p.m.
Feeling out of touch? Finding it hard to get started? Join me online for these hour-long workshops, appropriate for beginning or experienced writers. Using exercises and guided writing sprints, we will explore techniques used in creative writing and practice applying them. These are stand-alone workshops, so come to one or all. Let’s flex our writing muscles!

February workshops:
2/3 Writing to Prompts
2/10 Construct Your Marketing Plan
2/17 Create Your Nonfiction Book Proposal, Part 1
2/24 Create Your Nonfiction Book Proposal, Part 2

To receive the link for each workshop please register by emailing me.

The suggested donation is $10 per workshop,but whether you donate and how much is up to you. I know many people are struggling financially right now, so I am leaving it open. If you want to donate some amount, you may do so via PayPal to info AT timetowrite DOT us or contact me for a mailing address to send a check.

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Elements of Creative Writing

Ten Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
February 3-April 7, 2021
Odyssey Program
Johns Hopkins University
Online via Zoom
We all love stories, whether we encounter them in novels, memoirs, personal essays, films, or our best friend’s anecdotes. However, it can be hard to describe why a particular story works or doesn’t work. This workshop will help you better understand and appreciate how a story is put together and give you the tools to create your own. Using readings and guided writing sprints, we will explore techniques used in creative writing and practice applying them. There will be opportunities to critique each other’s work using guidelines that inspire constructive and positive suggestions. If you want to understand or review the fundamentals of creative writing, this workshop is for you.
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Is Your Writing Mojo MIA? How to Restart Your Writing

Saturday 20 February 2021, 1-3 pm
Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association
Online via Zoom

There’s a lot going on in the world right now and your story—the one you obsessed about in the before time—has come to a halt. In this practical, participatory workshop, three writing instructors share tools and techniques to help you restart your writing. We’ll dig into three areas: defining your Mission; recapturing Inspiration; and diversifying your target Audience. Equipped with these MIA resources, you will be ready to plunge back into writing with renewed dedication.

All writers get stuck sometimes. This challenge has been particularly acute during COVID-19 and the related upheaval and distress. With diverse backgrounds, our panel has developed specific tools for writers in any genre to move past barriers to writing. Through hands-on exercises, attendees will begin to craft their Mission, regain their Inspiration, and diversify their Audience—MIA. Our panel’s motivational, targeted approach to this timeless problem is especially needed now.

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. More information here.

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Create Your Fiction Book Submission Package

Saturday 20 March 2021, 10-3 pm (with one hour lunch break)
Odyssey Program
Johns Hopkins University
Online via Zoom
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 genres of fiction. Moreover, these elements are recommended even if you choose to self-publish. This online course led by Barbara Morrison will give you the tools to create these items, including pitch, query letters, marketing plan, sample chapters, and book synopsis.
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Poetry Discussion Group

First Saturday of every month.
12 – 2 p.m.

NOTE: We have moved online for the duration.

Each month we 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.

For more information and a link to join, contact me.

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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.