Writing Workshops

Spring 2016

Beginning Writer's Workshop

If you've dreamed of writing creatively, this course is a great place to start. Get a taste of the writing life, improve your writing skills, and discover new ways to stretch your creative muscles. This isn't school as you know it. It's an in-depth writing experience filled with challenging hands-on exercises, expert advice, and plenty of direct support and encouragement.

Fee: $36 Materials Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-070-J | 04/13/16-05/20/16 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register

Writing the Fantasy Novel

Fantasy is an increasingly popular genre of fiction, and now is a great time to become a fantasy fiction writer! This course is perfect whether you have an idea for a book or even if you don't know where to start. First off, you'll learn what separates fantasy fiction from other types of fiction. You'll also try out an in-depth world-building exercise, which will help you create a system of magic as well as the different species that will live the world you're developing. We'll also talk about creating characters, and you'll learn how to populate your world with unique, compelling, and interesting people. We'll spend some time talking about the nuts and bolts of writing a fantasy novel, too. You'll learn how to outline your book (if you even decide to outline!), come up with a theme, and then sit down and actually write. We'll look at examples from other authors to show that writing is as individual as each person, and that there is no right way to write your book. We'll talk about how to revise and edit so that when you complete it, your book will be essentially a finished product. You'll also learn a little bit about publishing your book, including the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, and you'll decide which type will work better for you. Finally, I'll share some tips about how to stay motivated and actually complete your novel?because, after all, writing is hard work! But with the tools you'll gain in this course, you'll be ready to tackle your first fantasy novel.

Fee: $36 Materials Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-354-K | 06/15/16-07/22/16 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register

Summer 2016

Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute

The annual MAFWI summer conference offers workshops and breakout sessions by best-selling authors, college faculty, and experienced public relations professionals. From story fundamentals such as plot and point of view, to seasoned advice on editing and marketing one's work, there is something for writers of every genre at MAFWI.

Fee: $141 Senior Adult Fee: $57 Materials Fee: $30 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-357-B | 08/12/16-08/13/16 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register

Hub City Teen Writers Institute

The Hub City Teen Writers (HCTW) Institute is a special, two-day writing retreat for aspiring teen fiction writers. Participants will take part in seminars taught by published authors and college faculty and will have the opportunity to share work and network with other teen writers. Hub City Teen Writers is open to students ages 13-19.

Fee: $57 Materials Fee: $30 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-358-B | 08/12/16-08/13/16 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register

Fall 2016

How to Publish Your Book

Whether you've got the first spark of an idea or a finished manuscript, in this workshop you'll gain the tools you need to publish your book. Discover how to groom your book to fit an established market. Learn how to find the right publisher (traditional, POD, E-publisher, yourself), write an attention-grabbing query letter, outline or synopsis, and manage the submission process. Find out what to expect, and what to look out for, and when it's contract-signing time. Learn how to promote yourself once your book is out. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, if your goal is to get published, this workshop is for you!

Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-454-C | 09/22/16-10/20/16 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register