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Where Dr. Seuss Meets Zentangle

Who doesn’t love the art and stories from the beloved Dr. Seuss! What do you remember about Dr. Seuss and your childhood? His artwork had poetry, rhythm, repetition and so much joy! These are all similarities in the Zentangle art method. This workshop promises to be filled with inspirational quotes and stories from Dr. Seuss…

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Explore Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.

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You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

With great dialogue, you can almost feel readers lean in to the page so they won’t miss a word. Every word counts. In this seminar, you’ll find the best ways to make your characters’ dialogue both dynamic and natural as well as unique to their specific character. You’ll discover how to avoid chit-chat and write…

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Stopping Writer’s Block

Every writer and aspiring writer’s biggest, baldest, meanest fear–the blank page. Writer’s block has plagued many a penman. But it is a bully easily beaten back with the right know-how. In this course, participants will gain a better understanding of why blocks occur and how to overcome them (or drill right through them!).

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The Power of Line Editing

Line editing involves editing sentence by sentence (or line by line) to upgrade the prose, always keeping craft in mind. A line edit ensures that your book’s content is consistent while its language is creative and concise. Publishers used to provide line editors for accepted manuscripts. No longer. You are now your own line editor.…

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Infusing Setting with Character in Fantasy Fiction

Setting in fantasy fiction is more than just the imaginary time and space where the plot happens, i.e. the neutral zone of conflict and action. In the best fantasy fiction, setting can approach the status of character, and in doing so holds the potential for externalizing otherwise obscured psychological, spiritual, and thematic concerns. Consider the…

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Making Historical Writing Real

Do you have an awesome idea for a piece of historical fiction, but it’s set in ancient Rome and your only knowledge of the period is based solely on the movie “Gladiator” or Monty Python’s “Life of Brian?” How about if you have a killer idea for a medieval story, but the brutality of “Braveheart”…

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A Punctuation Refresher

“Let’s eat Grandma” or “Let’s eat, Grandma.” Commas might not save lives, but they sure help clarify written work. Can you imagine reading a story with no punctuation? It would be like driving with no traffic signs to guide you. Those little commas, semicolons, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and periods help us navigate written work.…

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The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. You can organize your books, chapters, short stories, scenes, character sheets, setting descriptions, outlines, and anything else you can think of all in one easy-to-access document, which…

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Global Forest Biomes

Whether guarded by wise tree-shepherds or supporting life on an alien moon, forests have long been integral to fantasy and science fiction—as locations, environments, and even characters in their own right. But how you present forest ecosystems in your writing can add depth and verisimilitude to your fictional worlds. In this Research for Writers seminar,…

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