The workshop will be held starting Oct. 15, (Wednesdays) from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This is a 6-week program, open to fiction and non-fiction writers, from beginner to pro. The goal of this class to “jump-start” your writing, wherever you are.
We will explore topics such as:Â getting started and making time for writing, how to approach a first draft, what your “writing” style is, how to create meaningful characters, and how to use personal experience in writing, among many other topics.
This is space to learn how to do what you don’t know how to do, to reengage your abandoned writing passion, to activate and shape a new area of your creative brain, or to justÂ to see words (and the world) in ways you probably have not before.
To register, please contact the Sterling House, 203-378-2606 or stop by 2283 Main Street in Stratford to register. Fee is $65 (plus membership) for 6 weeks.
You might have any number ofÂ questions that aren’t answered here that maybe stopping you from signing up (like, is this class REALLY right for me? Are they going to horrible long writing assignment like my high school teacher made me do? Do I have to let other people read my work?)
If you do, just send them to me or post them as a comment below. See you!
Here’s a bit more about me as a teacher and writer:
I’ve been a writer since I was 7 years old when IÂ created my neighborhood newspaper on my mom’s typewriter. That was the beginning of a lifelong romance with telling people’s stories.
I studied Journalism at the Iowa State University in AmesÂ and while studying there, I worked as an editor for the award-wining Iowa State Daily. I also trained in electronic media, workings asÂ technical directorÂ at WOI-TV, the ABCÂ affiliate .
I completed my internship at Walt Disney World in Florida and went on to direct the morning news at WDAF-TV (FOX affiliate) in Kansas City. After four years, I “retired” from television and went back to my first love, writing.
I freelanced for the Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Business Journal, Review and many other publications while I completed my master’s degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
I taught two years of college writing at UMKC and was awarded “Outstanding Graduate Teacher” award by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I went on to workÂ as associate editor for all media at the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Blacksmiths until our overseas move.
InÂ London, I had the opportunity to write intensively. I completed two novels (in edits), was shortlisted for the Asham Award for Short Fiction, and studied short fiction under Mary Flanagan.
Back in the States in 2007, I have continued writing, freelancing and created “Demand Poetry.” IÂ taught college writing for three yearsÂ at Sacred Heart University. I am the resident poet of the Stratford Arts Guild and I currently string for The Stratford Star.