Announcing Our Spring 2019 Workshop Lineup
We are thrilled to announce another jam-packed season of spring workshops!
All workshops are offered Saturdays, 2-5pm at the Spartanburg Public Library Headquarters in February, March, and April.
Check out the line up below:
How do you structure a novel? The question may feel overwhelming, but most stories - despite their variations in theme, genre, and subject matter - follow certain "plot beats" that propel the action forward. In this class we'll explore the ten key scenes upon which a well-crafted story turns, from the opening image to the finale. Not all novelists need an outline - which can sometimes feel confining - but most benefit from crafting a solid story arc before they begin, understanding the essential places where a story turns, expands, and ultimately concludes. If you struggle with plotting and pacing, or have ever bogged down in the dreaded "muddy middle" of your novel, this is the class for you.
Recurrence and Echo as Focus in Poetry
Sometimes we are doomed to write the same poem over and over, even if it takes different forms. Sometimes we write in new spaces and on different topics, only to find ourselves circling back to our obsessions.
How do our obsessions manifest in our poetry, consciously or otherwise? Knowing what they are and how they come about is key to learning how we as writers approach our own poems, and therefore how to give readers access to them.
Recurrence is a means we have of emphasizing, prioritizing, and evolving an idea in a poem. How the recurring element changes as the poem continues can be the guidepost for the journey you are taking your readers on. Still early in a century beset with an onslaught of distraction and information, our poetry too can reflect the way we choose what has meaning and what lasts in our lives.
This workshop will discuss the ways recurrence can take shape, be it structurally, sonically, or through image, and how it can both focus the reader on the major concerns of the poem as well as orient the poet by calling attention to the obsessions we write from and toward. We will also discuss tips and strategies for assembling a powerful poetry collection with thematic echoes in mind.
Do you have ideas for a movie or TV show, but you can't seem to get started writing your dream project? Have you started a script but never finished? Or you've never written anything close to a script, yet you want to? Crash Course in Scriptwriting is the class for you.