Classes & Workshops

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  • Crash Course in Middle Grade Fiction

    Instructor: John David Anderson
    Date: Saturday, April 4
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Somewhere in the space between The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Hunger Games lies the challenging and robust world of Middle Grade Fiction—with its lightning-scarred wizards and its lightning thieves and its promise of introducing young readers to rich worlds and action-packed plots. In a... learn more

  • Short Form Fiction

    Instructor: Suzanne Harding
    Date: 4 Thursdays: April 9, 16, 23, and 30
    Time: 1-3 p.m
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $152 nonmembers, $104 members, $88 student/teacher/senior/military members

    When I first began writing fiction, I wish someone had told me how beneficial writing short stories could be.  Short stories hone the craft, allow play with characters who might be misbehaving in a novel, and write within the constraints of a... learn more

  • Deliberate Voice: Imitating Your Way to Your Own Style

    Instructor: Jessica Reed
    Date: Saturday, April 11
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    The saying goes, “Good writers borrow; great writers steal.” In this workshop participants will discover tools for experimenting with written voices. By learning from accomplished writers and trying a wide variety of techniques, including modeling the characteristics that distinguish one writer from the next, they will gain... learn more

  • Jumpstart Your Novel: Strategies for Breathing Life Back into an Old, Abandoned Work

    Instructor:  Angela Jackson-Brown
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    ate: Sunday, April 12
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student/teacher/senior/military members

    This workshop is all about rediscovering the joy that you once felt when you first started writing the novel that now sits abandoned and ignored on your computer’s hard drive or inside of the shoebox underneath your bed. We will do exercises that will help to make your characters interesting... learn more

  • Create Suspense in Your Stories: Get Readers Hooked & Keep Them Reading

    Instructor: Lucrecia Guererro
    Date: Saturday, April 18
    Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student/teacher/senior/military members

    New York agent Noah Lukeman states in his book on writing, The Plot Thickens, that readers may well stick with a suspenseful story in spite of "undeveloped characters and weak journeys and a hackneyed plot”. No matter what genre you are writing in, readers need suspense.  We will... learn more

  • The First Paragraph: The Hook That Can Sell Your Book

    Instructor: Jerry Holt
    Date: Saturday, April 18
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Join Jerry Holt as you spend a session exploring the great openings of fiction--and finding out exactly what gives them their special power. How do they compel and hold the reader's attention? How do they act as organizing devices for plot and character? What did James M. Cain,... learn more

  • Publishing Poems: The Basics

    Instructor: Liz Whiteacre
    Date: Sunday, April 19
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Did you make a resolution to start publishing your poems this year? In this workshop, we will explore research strategies, publication etiquette, submission preparation, and record keeping. We’ll also talk about how to deal with rejection—and success. Bring your laptop and files of poems you’re ready to submit for publication, so... learn more

  • Writing Your Nonfiction Book Proposal

    Instructor: Brad King
    Date: Saturday, April 25
    Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Whether you're working on a memoir or a historical narrative, nonfiction book proposals require a bit more research and a bit less narrative writing than fiction proposals. In this three-hour workshop, aspiring nonfiction writers will learn the basic elements of a book proposal, discuss several narrative and research strategies for framing... learn more

  • Strategic Description

    Instructor: Candace Denning
    Date: 6 Tuesdays:  April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2
    Time: 7-9 p.m
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $228 nonmembers, $156 members, $132 student/teacher/senior/military members

    When Charles sees “small drops of perspiration on [Emma’s] bare shoulders,” what color is her hair? Auburn like your favorite aunt’s? As readers, our imaginations naturally fill in missing details, usually from personal memories, experiences, and preferences. As writers, we... learn more

  • Spring Writers’ Retreat: Spring into a wonderful writing project at a Writers’ Retreat

    Facilitators: Andrew Black and Alicia Rasley
    Dates/Times: 6 PM Friday, May 1 – 1:30 PM Sunday, May 3
    Location: Oakwood Retreat Center, Selma, Indiana (oakwoodretreatcenter.org)
    Limit 12 participants. (Once we have achieved our limit, names will be put on a waiting list.)
    Cost: Members (no discounts): $350, Nonmembers: $450
    (Cost includes single room, one meal on Friday night, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on... learn more


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