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Statue at Brooks

Free Eight-Week Creative Writing Course

Saturdays 3-5 p.m.
2 March – 27 April 2019 (no class 30 March)
Brooks Library
224 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Free
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 course—appropriate for both beginning and experienced writers—will help you better understand and appreciate how a story is put together and give you the tools to create your own. Using exercises 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 course is for you. Register today at Brooks Library for this free course: 802-254-5290 or info@brookslibraryvt.org.

 
 
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Write Your Novel Synopsis

Thursday 28 March 2019, 7-9 pm
Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association
Cockeysville Recreation Center
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030
If you are struggling to write the synopsis of your novel required by most agents and publishers, you’re not alone. Some people think writing a synopsis of their novel is harder than writing the novel itself. In this workshop, award-winning author Barbara Morrison will give you the tools you need to write your novel synopsis with ease.

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.

 
 
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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

 
 
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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

 
 
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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

 
 
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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

 
 

ONGOING EVENTS

 
 
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Poetry Discussion Group

First Saturdays
12 – 2 p.m.
Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Free
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.