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SINGLE DAY WORKSHOPS

Writing Workshops are a solid tradition of the Festival of Women Writers.  Writers returning to the Festival for a second year and those who have been invited for the first time will offer the Festival a diverse group of Workshops. Each Workshop will be presented for two hours and will address a variety of topics, genres, skills, and techniques.

Note: Single Day Workshops are within ODD slot numbers & INTENSIVE Workshops are within EVEN Slot numbers.

Workshop # 1

SHORT: Flash, Sprints, Sudden…

Presented by  Ginnah Howard

Friday 9/11/15 

Noon - 2pm

SLOT 1

We’ll read stories, memoir, and prose poems that get a lot said in very few words.  Using these pieces for inspiration and prompts, we’ll write a few quickies and share them.  We’ll even do some 6 word stories. Short Takes are often just right for online journals. 

 

Participants will be given lists of collections that feature short shorts and journal links to submit to.

Workshop # 2

CUT-UPS, JAZZ-POETRY, AND PICTURE POEMS: Writing under the Influence of the

                  Beat Generation.

 

Presented by  Stephanie Nikolopoulos

Come prepared to write! In this hands-on Workshop, we’ll experiment with Beat Generation techniques to blaze our own writing paths—whatever your genre.

 

We’ll explore Neal Cassady’s and Diane di Prima’s confessional writing; Jack Kerouac’s spontaneous prose and jazz-poetry style; William S. Burroughs’ cut-ups; and Gregory Corso’s picture poetry.

SLOT 3

Friday 9/11/15 

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshop # 3

MAMA WAS A DIVA:  Poetry, Memoir and

                                                  Family Photos 

               Presented by  JP Howard

Family photos are often the mirrors that help us reflect on our pasts. Photos will be used to write ourselves and our experiences into the poem. Participants will use their own family photos to write their experiences into the poem as memoir.

 

Participants are encouraged to bring a family photo or two to the Workshop or to use pictures on a smart phone or tablet. 

Workshop # 4

FROM CREATION TO SUBMISSION: Some Things You Need to Know and Do to Improve the Chances of Getting Your Writing Into the World

          

                                   Presented by  Nancy K. Bereano

The publishing universe, in all its printed and digital manifestations, tends not to be kind and gentle. An enormous difference exists between the creative energy you bring to your writing and the editing, networking, soliciting required for other people to experience it.

 

This Workshop will provide strategies you should aggressively embrace to midwife your work.

Workshop # 5

WRITING RELATIONSHIPS FOR

YOUNG ADULT READERS

                                          Presented by  Kat Rosenfield

Recapturing the drama and intensity of teen relationships is a challenge for many YA writers. In this Workshop, we'll examine what makes fictional teen friendships and romances feel authentic on the page, and what differentiates them from adult ones.

 

Participants will read and discuss existing works, and have the opportunity to refine, critique, and discuss scenes from their own works in progress.

SLOT 5

Saturday 9/12/15

9:30am - 11:30am 

Unlike print, the web is a fickle medium where you're one click away from oblivion. Most users decide within 10 seconds to keep reading or to "bounce." How do you retain readers and create a blog post or web page that's engaging?

 

We'll cover blogging basics, discuss tonality and style, examine successful blogs, and delve into those alphabet-soup terms (SEO, SERP, PVs) that come with writing for the online environment.

Workshop # 6

 

BLOGGING FOR WRITERS: Creating Content for the Online Environment        

Presented by  Linda Lowen

 

Each of us has a wonderful untold story to tell. This Workshop will learn new techniques for mining our memories, developing new appreciations for the richness of our own lives, and begin writing pieces focused on specific moments that are significant to us.

 

Examples from other writers will be explored.

Workshop # 7

TELL ME A SECRET: Writing the Memoir

                                               Presented by  Bessy Reyna

Desire can define characters and destroy them. How do we write the body in states of want and desire? What strategies can we imagine for creating fat, queer, or bad-woman characters, whose desires for food, pleasure, or disallowed intimacy?

 

By examining pacing, structure, and point-of-view, this Workshop will generate specific techniques for addressing the stories of characters whose bodies live beyond them.

Workshop # 8

IN WANT AND DESIRE: Writing the Body in Fiction

                       

                       Presented by  Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

SLOT 7

Saturday 9/12/15

1:45pm - 3:45pm 

We all have plenty of polished poems and stories. It’s time to send them out into the world. This Workshop will explore the process of journal publishing, considering popular journals, regional journals, thematic journals, and other occasional publications.

 

We will discuss how to complete submissions, how to respond to rejection, how to celebrate successes, and other tips for publishing YOUR work.

Workshop # 9

GETTING WORK OUT: The Contemporary

                                          Publishing Scene.

Presented by  Julie Enszer

Workshop # 10

FACING THE BLANK PAGE: A Conversation with

                                                   Fear

                                  Presented by  Mermer Blakeslee

Sometimes when we face the blank page, we're stopped short. To the voices that say, "Yes, I can do this," are louder ones that answer, "No."  In this workshop, we'll discuss the inhibiting fears of failure and of letting go, and how to foster the necessary surrender we need to write.

 

 

Participants may bring whatever you write with, be it a laptop, a manual typewriter, a notebook, or all three.  

Workshop # 11

FINDING THE POET

INSIDE YOU: The Poetry of Memory and Place

                         Presented by  Maria Mazziotti Gillan 

When we find the courage to explore our memories, we will find the source for powerful and evocative writing. This Workshop is designed to help us find the stories we have to tell and the words to tell them, using our daily lives and our varied experiences to unearth them.

 

Please bring paper, pens, your honesty, and your willingness to take risks.

SLOT 9

Sunday 9/13/15

9:30am - 11:30am 

What visual images can spark our imaginations? Want to explore new avenues to the written word?  Lack direction?  Stuck in a rut?  Or simply in this workshop, we will use a selection of visual images to mine individual experiences from which we will create memoir or go beyond to the realm of fiction.  

 

Participants will be asked to share writings as we all examine how visual images can spark our imagination.

Workshop # 12

FROM IMAGE TO WORD

                 Presented by  Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

The sound of our voices moves us through our days and nights, carrying the stories of our happiness and losses, our triumphs and tragedies.  Like poetry, the silence between these sounds also speaks loud. 

 

Through specific writing exercises, this Workshop will focus on the seeds that bring these voices, characters, and people to life.  Participants will receive instructions about materials to prepare to bring to the Workshop.

Workshop # 13

HEARING VOICES: Creating Dynamic Plays

                                       Presented by  Jewelle Gomez

INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS

2 consecutive days: 

Friday & Saturday

or

Saturday & Sunday

Intensive workshops are FOUR hours per day for two consecutive days. Classes are limited to 8-10 participants per workshop, so register early.  The Intensive Registration cut-off date is 8/28/15.  Workshops that draw less than 8 participants by 8/28/15 will be cancelled. 

 

Participants will pay a higher Registration fee of $100 and must commit to attending the Intensive for the entire two days. This fee will cover other Festival activities. While Intensive Participants may attend other Festival activities, they may register for only one Intensive.

 

If your workshop is cancelled and there are available spaces in other workshops we will email you. If you find that you cannot attend an Intensive Workshop that you have signed up for a refund may be given if we find a replacement for you from the waiting list.

Intensives Participants will have the unique opportunity to spend two days in an Intensive Workshop with one of our third year Festival Writer Alumna. Intensives will offer an advanced practicum for Festival Participants, who are in the process of developing manuscripts.

 

You will share work in progress and receive feedback on your writing.  All we ask of you is a firm commitment to attend once you register. The Festival will provide space a dedicated solely to each of these Intensives in order to maximize the potential of this special opportunity. 

 

Please consult the workshop description to see if any special materials or reference is required for the specific workshop you wish to attend.

 

KEEP IN MIND THAT EACH INTENSIVE Workshop HAS TWO PARTS (Part 1 & Part 2), SO YOU NEED ONLY REGISTER FOR PART 1 AND YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE REGISTERED FOR PART 2.  ALSO,  PART 2 ON THE SECOND DAY IS NOT A REPEAT OF PART 1.

REGISTRATION FOR THE INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS IS NOW CLOSED

SLOT 2

Friday 9/11/15 

1pm - 5pm

INTENSIVE Workshop A (Part 1)

SELF-PUBLISHING AND BOOK MARKETING

Presented by  Simona David

The aim of this Intensive will be to familiarize Participants with basic concepts and processes involved in self-publication and book production, book design, and book marketing tips. The Intensive will conclude with a review of the most successful self-publishing stories.

 

At the end of the two-days, Participants will be well-acquainted with what self-publishing entails, and will know what to look for before embarking on the self-publishing route.

Expanded details on this Workshop here: http://online.fliphtml5.com/twty/dokc/

INTENSIVE Workshop B (Part 1)

STRUCTURING A NOVEL TO COMPLETION

       Presented by  Sophfronia Scott

Some writers use them, some don’t, yet an outline, even the simplest one, can be a valuable tool that can help ensure you will actually finish your novel, all while leaving room for the growth of your characters in the writing of your manuscript.

 

In this Intensive, Participants will finish with a basic, strong outline either started or completed as well as a clearer understanding of what they want to accomplish with their fiction.

 

On the second day, Participants will bring to the session a novel they’ve read structurally similar to the book they want to write.

Expanded details on this Workshop here:

http://online.fliphtml5.com/twty/oyxt/

 

 

SLOT 4

Saturday 9/12/15

9am - 1pm 

INTENSIVE Workshop A (Part 2)

SELF-PUBLISHING AND BOOK MARKETING     

Presented by  Simona David

See above.

See above.

INTENSIVE Workshop B (Part 2)

STRUCTURING A NOVEL TO COMPLETION      

Presented by  Sophfronia Scott

SLOT 6

Saturday 9/12/15

1pm - 5pm 

INTENSIVE Workshop C (Part 1)

SING, CRY, EXPLORE,

LAUGH, AND TELL: How to Tell the Good Story   

Presented by  Esther Cohen

We each have stories—good stories— only we can tell. Stories are at the heart of life, of writing, of what we want to say, no matter what form we choose.

 

Our intensive will look at examples from poetry and prose, from fiction and non-fiction, and from oral traditions, old and new. Our goal will be to create and tell our own story, in the form that matches our own intrinsic voice.     Expanded details on this Workshop here:

http://online.fliphtml5.com/twty/vese/

INTENSIVE Workshop D (Part 1)

USES OF FORM IN POETRY

                                            

Presented by  Bertha Rogers

In two sessions over the course of this Intensive, Participants will learn how to write several kinds of poetic forms from various cultures, e.g.,  Italian Sestina, French Villanelle,  Korean Sijo, Malaysian Pantoum, English sonnet.

 

Templates will be provided. Each participant will be expected to complete six poems and to read them in an informal reading session.

Expanded details on this Workshop here:

http://online.fliphtml5.com/twty/ldop/

 

INTENSIVE Workshop E (Part 1)

HOW TO TRAIN SHOW YOUR DRAGON

Presented by  Alexis  De Veaux

Think of writing as your “dragon.” Think of telling the story you are writing as showing it, rather than telling it. Think of “training” your dragon.

 

This Intensive is designed to help you discover the “show don’t tell” practice as an essential element of fiction writing.

 

In advance of the Intensive, all Participants are required to submit to the Workhop Leader, one story or a short excerpt from a longer work of fiction of no fewer than five and no more than 15 pages by August 1, 2015.  Submit materials to Workshop Leader care of: www.hobartfestivalofwomanwriters@gmail.com

 

Expanded details on this Workshop here:

http://online.fliphtml5.com/twty/sxbg/

 

SLOT 8

Sunday 9/13/15

9am - 1pm 

INTENSIVE Workshop C (Part 2)

SING, CRY, EXPLORE,

LAUGH, AND TELL: How to Tell the Good Story       

Presented by  Esther Cohen

See above.

INTENSIVE Workshop D (Part 2)

USES OF FORM IN POETRY

Presented by  Bertha Rogers

See above.

INTENSIVE Workshop E (Part 2)

HOW TO TRAIN SHOW YOUR DRAGON

                                            

                                        Presented by  Alexis  De Veaux

See above.

Workshop # 3

MAMA WAS A DIVA: 

Poetry, Memoir and Family Photos 

Presented by  JP Howard

Workshop # 4

FROM CREATION TO

SUBMISSION: Some Things

You Need to Know and Do to

Improve the Chances of

Getting Your Writing

Into the World

Presented by 

Nancy K. Bereano

Workshop # 5

WRITING RELATIONSHIPS

FOR YOUNG ADULT

READERS

 Presented by  Kat Rosenfield

Workshop # 6

 

BLOGGING FOR WRITERS:

Creating Content for the

Online Environment        

Presented by  Linda Lowen

 

Workshop # 7

TELL ME A SECRET:

Writing the Memoir

 Presented by  Bessy Reyna

Workshop # 9

GETTING WORK OUT:

The Contemporary

Publishing Scene.

Presented by  Julie Enszer

Workshop # 10

FACING THE BLANK PAGE:

A Conversation with Fear

Presented by  Mermer Blakeslee

Workshop # 11

FINDING THE POET

INSIDE YOU:

The Poetry of Memory and Place

Presented by 

Maria Mazziotti Gillan 

Workshop # 12

FROM IMAGE TO WORD

Presented by 

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Workshop # 13

HEARING VOICES:

Creating Dynamic Plays

 Presented by  Jewelle Gomez

INTENSIVE Workshop A

(Part 1)

SELF-PUBLISHING

AND BOOK MARKETING

Presented by  Simona David

INTENSIVE Workshop A

(Part 2)

SELF-PUBLISHING

AND BOOK MARKETING

Presented by  Simona David

INTENSIVE Workshop B

(Part 2)

STRUCTURING A NOVEL

TO COMPLETION      

Presented by  Sophfronia Scott

INTENSIVE Workshop B

(Part 1)

STRUCTURING A NOVEL

TO COMPLETION      

Presented by  Sophfronia Scott

INTENSIVE Workshop C

(Part 1)

SING, CRY, EXPLORE,

LAUGH, AND TELL:

How to Tell the Good Story   

Presented by  Esther Cohen

INTENSIVE Workshop C

(Part 2)

SING, CRY, EXPLORE,

LAUGH, AND TELL:

How to Tell the Good Story   

Presented by  Esther Cohen

INTENSIVE Workshop D

(Part 2)

USES OF FORM IN POETRY

Presented by  Bertha Rogers

INTENSIVE Workshop D

(Part 1)

USES OF FORM IN POETRY

Presented by  Bertha Rogers

INTENSIVE Workshop E

(Part 2)

HOW TO TRAIN SHOW

YOUR DRAGON

                                            

 Presented by  Alexis  De Veaux

INTENSIVE Workshop E

(Part 1)

HOW TO TRAIN SHOW

YOUR DRAGON

                                            

 Presented by  Alexis  De Veaux

Workshop # 8

IN WANT AND DESIRE:

Writing the Body in Fiction

                       

Presented by 

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Workshop # 10

FACING THE BLANK PAGE:

A Conversation with Fear

 Presented by 

Mermer Blakeslee

Workshop # 13

HEARING VOICES:

Creating Dynamic Plays

 Presented by  Jewelle Gomez