Reading and Writing Workshops
Saturdays 3-5 p.m.
7. 14 & 21 March, 4 April 2020
224 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
As March roars in, come to the library to hone your reading and creative writing skills. The first workshop is for readers, though writers, too, would find it useful. The other three are primarily for writers. These stand-alone workshops are open to teens and adults. Come to one or all; no prior registration required.
March 7 Thoughtful Reading: 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 in a writing critique group; someone who posts comments on Amazon and Goodreads or who simply likes to recommend books to friends. In this workshop, we’ll examine the elements in a story and consider questions to ask about stories, including genre questions. We will then practice applying these skills.
March 14 Writing Dramatic Scenes: Writers of fiction or creative nonfiction (e.g., memoir, personal essays, narrative nonfiction) need to be able to create dramatic scenes; they are the building blocks for your story. In this workshop we will work on creating and revising scenes that capture the reader’s interest and contribute to an outstanding story.
March 21 Building a Strong Story Structure: Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, whether you are working on short pieces or a book-length manuscript, whether you are an outliner or a pantser, at some point in the writing/revision process you have to make sure your story has a sound structure. We will look at multiple ways to structure a story to make it so compelling that a reader cannot put it down. We will also practice analyzing the structure of several stories.
April 4 Revision: Opening the Door: Stephen King says that you should shut yourself off in a room and write your first draft for yourself, but with the second draft, you must open the door and consider your reader. We will discuss and practice ways to revise your fiction or nonfiction so that it entertains and inspires your readers. We will discuss factors such as pacing, reminders, transitions, and consistency. We will then practice applying these skills.
Sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.
Building a Strong Story Structure
Thursday 26 March 2020, 7-9 pm
Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association
Cockeysville Recreation Center
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, whether you are working on short pieces or a book-length manuscript, whether you are an outliner or a pantser, at some point in the writing/revision process you have to make sure your story has a sound structure. We will look at multiple ways to structure a story to make it so compelling that a reader cannot put it down. We will also practice analyzing the structure of several stories.
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.
Write Your Nonfiction Book Proposal
From Brain to Bookshelf: Maryland Writer’s Conference
Maryland Writers’ Association
Saturday, March 28 2020, time TBD
Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
College Park, MD
If you’re writing a memoir, biography or other nonfiction book, you will need to create a book proposal to send to agents and editors. Its purpose is to show there is a market for your book idea and why you are the person to write it. In some cases, you can sell your book on the basis of the proposal and get paid an advance before you’ve actually written the book.
The book proposal is a complex and challenging endeavor, yet creating it in the established format is a critical step in selling your nonfiction book. If you’re planning to self-publish, it’s still recommended that you produce most of the elements of the book proposal. In this workshop, we will look at what goes into a book proposal, including the overview, competitive analysis, marketing plan, annotated outline, and sample chapters. this workshop will help you discover what it takes to create a successful proposal.
Many additional workshops and meetings with editors & agents will be happening at the two-day conference which runs 28-29 March. Early bird pricing ends 31 December!
MWA Conference website for more information & registration
Five-Day Life Writing Workshop
Traditions Week 1
28 June – 3 July 2020, Time TBD
Common Ground on the Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
We all have stories to tell. In this workshop, appropriate for both novice and experienced writers, we’ll practice telling ours in journals, memoirs, personal essays and other forms of life writing. After looking at examples, we’ll discuss how to get started and then begin transforming our experiences into stories that will preserve memories and touch others.
Sign up for individual week-long workshops or the whole week of classes, concerts, dances and other activities in the traditional roots-based arts. Registration won’t open until the end of February or beginning of March; when it does you can get more information and register here.
Time to Write Writers’ Retreat
Thursday 17 September to Sunday 20 September 2020
Pinewoods Camp, Inc.
80 Cornish Field Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
$200 includes meals and lodging. Register by 2/29/2020 for Early Bird Pricing $165.
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.TTW 2020 Retreat flyer-2 page
Poetry Discussion Group
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.
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.