Virtual Workshops

Immerse Readers in Your Writing Through Imagery

Presented by: Kyleen Bromley

Using visually descriptive language is essential to holding your reader’s attention. This workshop will show you how to utilize visual images that will give your readers an intimate and impactful experience when reading your work.  

Writing the Hard Histories: Historical research, creative writing, and traumatic events

Presented by: Lia Deromedi

This workshop will explore writing historical fiction with an emphasis on war and other traumatic events. The darker moments throughout history offer a wide variety of possibilities for stories, from espionage to civilian experiences, the lowest ranking soldier or his mother back home. In this workshop, I’ll focus on the intersections between historical research and fiction writing, accuracy and creativity. In addition to going over some tips and tricks for how to write about traumatic historical events, the attached activities will include the opportunity to examine passages from published works and craft your own short scenes.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Better Stories Through Stronger Dialog

Presented by: Molly Emmons

“We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Better Stories Through Stronger Dialog,” will introduce the basics of writing good dialog and provide methods of sharpening this essential element to strengthen character development and intensify plot. Handouts and practice opportunities are part of the workshop.

Horror-able: Writing in a Genre that Should Scare You to Death

Presented by: Tim Hayes

Fairly straightforward. You should be terrified. Lean into that. Throw in some comedy, maybe some realms of magic, possibly even a slice of life kind of feel. Then tear it apart with as much viciousness as you can muster. In this workshop we’ll talk about genres, sure, but also the three ways to add elements of horror to a story and figure out the difference between what horror writing really is and how vast the genre has become. We’ll play a little scary game and there will be times you may pause to finish your writing exercise, or just because you’re too scared. But honestly, I’ll be presenting this terrifying genre in a relaxed and non-stress environment. Which will only make you more suspicious and soon your paranoia will get the better of you. But everything will be fine. You’ll see.

Writing Better Metaphors: Go Beyond Clichés and Surprise Your Readers

Presented by: John LaPine

Are your poems feeling “tired as a dog?” Are you using similes that seem “old as dirt?” The best, most interesting poems rely on strong, unique metaphors. In this interactive workshop, we’ll practice making old clichés new, and discuss ways to come up with your own, fresh figurative language that won’t leave your readers “snoring like a log.”