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August 2019

What to Leave in and What to Leave out with Special Guest Terry Detrich

August 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Free

Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events. Whether you write fiction, or like Terry, want to pen a memoir, you face tough decisions. …

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September 2019

5 Week Class: Writing About Yourself (Start Date)

September 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

In this course, students will explore techniques for writing effective short memoirs and personal essays, including a need for structure and how to incorporate theme.

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5 Week Class: Focus on Genre: Getting a Clue About Mystery (Start Date)

September 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

Whether the mysteries you love take place in coffee shops with quirky amateur sleuths, or in gritty neighborhoods with jaded detectives, mystery fans can find much to get excited about in today's market. Are you ready to write one of your own? Learn how to reverse-engineer a mystery plot, avoid deux ex machina endings, and create unique crime-solvers that will keep readers turning the pages. Students will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued each week. Prerequisites…

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5 Week Class: Novel Writing: Unit 4 – Character Building (Start Date)

September 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

It is often said that, "Story Is Character." In this course, you will learn how to design dynamic protagonists, villains, mentors and sidekicks, and love interests - and how to handle unlikable characters and antiheroes. Aspiring writers will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued each week. Prerequisites: Either Novel Writing: Level 1, Beginner's Fiction or some experience with basic fiction writing techniques. NOTE: for Novel 3 - 4 - 5 - 6: These topical modules do not…

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Carrollton League of Writers: Truth and Lies in Your Fiction

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Marshall’s Bar-B-Q, 1855 Rosemeade Parkway
Carrollton, 75007 United States
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This month, we're going to talk about lies -- the lies your character believes about himself, and the lies he tells himself, the lies other characters tell, all of those un-truths and pieces of misunderstood subtext that make for page-turning reading.  But we're also going to talk about truth in your fiction -- what happens when your character throws off the shackles of the lies that bind him, as well as what truth about life the reader gains.   Sometimes,…

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Fencon: Various Panels

September 20 @ 8:00 am - September 22 @ 5:00 pm
Sheraton DFW Airport, 4440 W John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063 United States
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$45

I'll be on programming at Fencon. See their website for more information.  

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Saturday Night Write: Nonstadard Words With Special Guest Peter Keenan

September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events. When to use, why to use, and how to use words your reader won't recognize.  With…

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Sisters in Crime: How Competing Character Agency Amps Up Your Plot

September 22 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Frisco Public Library, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd
Frisco, TX 75034 United States
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Character agency is a character's ability to take actions and make decisions that have a lasting impact on the story's plot. When multiple characters in your story exercise agency, and when they have their own agendas (so important in mystery!) which clash, things really get interesting. Learn how competing agency can intensify tension, and how to reveal it without resorting to summarizing or having it feel forced.

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October 2019

Choctoberfest

October 4 @ 8:00 am - October 5 @ 5:00 pm
Wiseman House Chocolates, 406 west grubbs street
Hico, 76457 United States
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I will be out in Hico, Texas (near Austin) October 4-5 for opening weekend of Choctoberfest. ---- Friday night (6 - 9 -- at Flacas Fitness and Brews http://flacas-hico.com/) I will be giving samples of the Cacao Nib Meatballs from the There Ate Herbs in My Chocolate cookbook and doing a presentation on different ways to cook with chocolate --- Saturday, I will be reading snippets from Pure Chocolate and handing out chocolate mousse as a station on the Chocolate Scavenger…

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Saturday Night Write: Tension and Conflict

October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events. If you lose the tension in your story, you loose your readers.  How can you maintain…

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