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Creative Writing

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Saturday Night Write: High Stakes Plotting

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…

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5 Session Class: Write It Short (Start Date)

Get ready to write for kids and/or teens, some of our most demanding yet voracious readers. Learn how publishers divide Children’s and YA books according to age and content, and how to create characters and plotlines that will resonate with readers at each of those different ages. Students…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 3 (Start Date)

Are you ready to take your novel writing skills to the next level? In this course, you will learn how to handle four different types of scenes: action scenes, relationship scenes, humorous scenes and “twister” scenes. We will cap the course with a session on troubleshooting your plot, editing your…

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5 Session Class: Writing About Yourself Online (Start Date)

Whether you’re wanting to present yourself as a foodie, share your travelogues or highlight yourself as an expert in a profession or hobby, sharing personal stories will help your readers connect with you. In this course, students will explore techniques for writing effective short memoirs and personal essays, including…

Saturday Night Write Discussion: NaNoWriMo Prep Session

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…

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5 Session Class: Creating Unique Blog Content (Start Date)

Whether you are just starting a blog, or looking for a way to amp yours up, you probably realize that you need a combination of striking visuals and pithy words to hold the attention of today’s media saturated audience. In this class, you will learn how to write blog…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 2 (Start Date)

Are you ready to build your novel writing skills? Or are you confident in your writing, but mystified by terms like character agency, pathos, and subtext? In this course, you will learn how to craft realistic dialogue, create characters who do indeed have agency, understand narrative structure, and connect readers…

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Saturday Night Write Discussion: How NOT to Write Dialogue

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…

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5 Session Class: Are You Ready to Publish? (Start Date)

Whether you are looking for a traditional publisher, or are planning to self-publish your manuscript, you need to have a top-notch manuscript, and either submission or advertising materials. In this class you will do some hands-on editing, create a query and synopsis, build a couple of versions…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 1 (Start Date)

Have you always wanted to write a novel and don’t know where to start? Or do you have a work in progress that needs help becoming a finished draft? This class starts with the basics — character, plot, setting and theme to ensure that you are building a sound structure…

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Workshop: Query Letter Clinic for Writers

Do you have a completed novel or a novel-in-progress? Are you ready to take the next step towards getting it traditionally published? Then you need a well-polished query letter to serve as your introduction to prospective agents and editors. Learn what goes into an effective query – and…

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Musing, Publishing Industry

A Few Query Tips

I’m doing a query clinic next month, and today I’m trying to turn my time in the query trenches, and all the lessons I learned the hard way, and those I learned from critiquing other people’s queries, into a concise, helpful Power Point.  Getting it right means…

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3 Session Class: Creative Writing Genres (Grades 4-6) (Start Date)

Need an extra boost for that fall writing class? Get a head start in a fun and imaginative way. Our creative writing course will teach you to take real life scenarios and spin those scenarios into works of innovative genius. We will investigate all types of writing genres in order…

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Saturday Night Write Discussion: Creativity Exercises

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…

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Workshop: Writing About Food

Whether you’re writing a novel, or want to be a blogger, adding descriptions of food will give a sensory appeal to your work and ground it in a specific place and time. This hands-on session will include a chocolate tasting. Participants will then write and share descriptions. Fiction…

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Musing

Writing the Things You Want to Read

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni MorrisonWith Free Chocolate coming out TOMORROW,  I’ve been thinking a lot about that quote.  If it wasn’t my series, The Chocoverse would still be…

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Musing, Writing Tips

A Writer Reads, Always

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde“I…

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Saturday Night Write Discussion: New Takes on Old Ideas

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…

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Literary Terms, Writing Tips

Well, I wasn’t expecting THAT!

This whole month, I want to talk about the relationship between writing and reading.  I’ve talked to so many writers who say they don’t read inside their own genre because they’re afraid of copying someone else’s idea.  (More on this later – I’m planning an entire…

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5 Session Class: Focus on Genre: Writing Humor (Start Date)

Humorous writing can be hard to master. However, it can get easier if you understand the techniques comedians use to get a laugh. Whether you are pulling anecdotes from real life, are writing a funny character in fictional situations, or want to blend humor with other genres, there’s something…

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Literary Terms, Writing Tips

Freytag’s Pyramid

In 1863 Gustov Freytag, first known as a playwright and later a novelist, published Die Technik des Dramas.  (Released in English much later as Freytag’s Technique of the Drama: An Exposition of Dramatic Composition and Art.)  While his novels reflected some of the ugliness and turbulence of the time…

write-it-short

5 Session Class: Write It Short (Start Date)

Get ready to write for kids and/or teens, some of our most demanding yet voracious readers. Learn how publishers divide Children’s and YA books according to age and content, and how to create characters and plotlines that will resonate with readers at each of those different ages. Students…

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Saturday Night Write Discussion: Outlining Strategies

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…

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