Friday, May 8, 2009

Arts Council's Writers Workshops Begin May 19 With "Finding Voice"

The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, in co-operation with Valley Business FRONT magazine, is adding a feature that the writers among you will just love--and it's free. Beginning in 11 days, on May 19 in the upstairs conference room at Center in the Square, the first in a series of writers workshops is scheduled.

The workshops will be held monthly and will last an hour and a half. They will feature writers, writing teachers, lawyers, CPAs and anybody else who can help you write better, get your work published and cover your legal and financial butt while doing it.

This is an ideal clinic for those in book or writing groups, for freelance writers, fiction writers, reporters, editors, or for those of you planning that long delayed memoir (I'll teach a class on that during the second round of classes in the late fall or early winter). We plan classes on getting published, print on demand and self-publishing, writing great leads, turning poetry into fiction and vice-versa, writing about your family, writing about the environment and nature and ... well, you get the idea.

The class schedule and registration information follow. I hope to see you there. These classes are going to be excellent and our kickoff class with Melanie Almeder of Roanoke College--one of the finest writing teachers around--will be essential to most of you. It's about finding and keeping your writers "voice," something that English teacher, editors and others have likely beaten out of you through the years.

May 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Melanie Almeder-"That Iffy Necessity: Finding Voice"

June 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Kurt Rheinheimer-"Writing Short Fiction"

July 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Cara Modisett-"What Magazine Editors Want from You"

August 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Gene Marrano-"Freelance Writing in This Market"

September 15, 7-8:30 p.m. David Paxton, Lawyer-"Protecting Yourself Legally"

October 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Joe Schaban, CPA-"The Financial Side of Writing"

November 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Sharyn McCrumb, "Keepers of the Legends: Using History and Folklore in Novels and Short Stories."

Admission: FREE, except Sharyn McCrumb at $10.

For more information or to register for these free workshops please contact:

Rhonda Hale or 540.224.1205

The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge

20 Church Ave. SE, Roanoke, VA 24011

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