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Kick Starts for Young Creative Writers – a 6-week course in Lewisburg

Creative Writing
Kick Starts for Young Creative Writers - a 6-week course
Instructor: Brittney Cassity
When: Wednesday afternoons: March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 and 18, 2012 from 4-5pm
Class Size: min 3; max 15
Cost: members $65, non-members $70 for the 6-week course
Ages: 9 and older

This course is designed for upper elementary and middle school students, but students of other ages are welcome. This course will help reluctant writers learn how to use everyday objects as characters or plot builders, how to use music to help you get a feel for your character or scene, how to use history or current events to write fiction, and many other helpful tips. Ms. Cassity is the author/illustrator of the children's bedtime story book, Fiddlebug, and Clyde the Undead Dust Bunny, a middle grade chapter book. Ms. Cassity recently won the Best of Show award in the Monroe Arts Alliance Writing contest for her essay entitled, "The Year We Loved the Pear Tree."

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Geoff Fuller Online and In-Person Writing Classes to begin soon

THERE’S STILL TIME (but not much!)

The GIFT that keeps on giving, right through the winter months—and beyond!



COMPLETE Course on the Novel

Six classes PLUS. . .

Free project consultation during the class and for subsequent six months

Writing exercises and practice techniques

List of helpful books and other resources for writers

Discount rates for one year on editing, copyediting, proofing, book evaluation and diagnosis, and publishing consultation

(All services and most information in the classes apply to all forms of prose fiction: novels, novellas, short stories, flash fictions.)


1. Plot—situation v. story, stakes and jeopardy, profluence

2. Characters and Setting—creating characters your readers care about and root for

3. Dialogue—the engine of your novel; how to make it vivid, memorable, and realistic

4. Critiques and Common Mistakes—how to recognize and avoid

5. Editing Your Work—Need for editing, stages of editing

6. Market—on seeking, finding, and hiring an agent or publisher (including free book on the process)

Complete course: $175

At least 50% ($87.50) needed to reserve a spot.

Paypal at or message me to make other arrangements.

Class size is limited and slots are filling fast.

Message me here or email me at

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New online writing course with guest teacher Gary A. Braunbeck (week three).

(FROM Michael Knost of Woodland Press)

We are accepting ten students for this course...only six slots remain...first come, first serve.

Class One: Choosing the Right Title for Your Story
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Class Two: Motivation
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Class Three: Character & Emotion (guest speaker: Gary Braunbeck)
**Students will turn in a short story (up to 5000 words) for critique.**
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Class Four: Story Critiques
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern)

The cost of the course is $100.00.

To sign up, please send PayPal payment to:

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Woodland Press’s Michael Knost offering online writing course THIS Thursday.

Michael Knost, recent Bram Stoker Award winner for nonfiction and editor with Woodland Press, will be offering an online class this Thursday on How to Bulletproof Your Manuscript.

Get details at Michael's website HERE.

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Meredith Sue Willis Online Writing Classes offered for January

Jan Plan 2010: An Online Class for Writers of Prose Narrative

Meredith Sue Willis is offering a four-session online creative writing class called Jan Plan 2010 for intermediate and advanced prose writers who want to get a project started or restarted– or who just need feedback on their writing. The class takes place on four Tuesdays in January:

January 5, 2010
January 12, 2010
January 19, 2010
January 26, 2010

The class welcomes writers of all kinds of prose narrative (novels, stories, memoir, and more).. We will explore the techniques that are common to these forms, emphasizing narrative, dialogue, description, and the shaping of a piece through story arc. There will be exercises and individual feedback on up to 900 words per week.

Until January 1, 2010, the course costs $200, payable in advance. On January 1, the price goes up to $240. To apply, send an email to Meredith Sue Willis at explaining why you think this class would be a good match for you. If you are accepted, she will send you the next steps. You must apply, be admitted, and have your payment arrive by Monday, January 4, 2010; however, the class will close early with no notice if it fills. There will be no cash refunds. For testimonials and more information, see

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Meredith Sue Willis

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Basic Novel Writing class offered

Have you always wanted to write a novel, but aren’t sure how to begin?

Do you have a story that needs to be told, if only you could find the best way to tell it?

Have you been writing for years, but need help polishing the pieces into a finished product?

Whether you're new to writing or have already started on a novel, this class is for you.

Fuller will demystify the writing process. His courses are designed to give writers of all skill levels the ability to unlock their imagination and bring their stories to life.

Basic Novel Writing, presented by award-winning author and instructor Geoff Fuller, will be held on six Thursday nights from March 26 through April 30 (6:30 to 8:30 pm). The combination of lessons, writing exercises, and in-class critique will teach you all you need to know to get started on that novel you’ve always wanted to write. Classes are held in the Charleston Newspapers parking building conference center on Virginia Street in Charleston.

Fuller’s classes will teach the tricks and techniques that successful novelists use to write the kind of novel people will line up to read.

In Basic Novel Writing you'll discover:

  • Important differences between a notion and a viable idea for anovel,
  • Time-honored tricks to help you create memorable characters,
  • Required elements that will help you construct gripping plots,
  • Essential physical realities of writing a novel,
  • Simple techniques to help you craft realistic dialogue,
  • Advice that will help you paint vivid scenes with vigorous prose, and
  • Powerful words to employ (and weasel words to avoid) in your prose.
  • By the time you have completed Basic Novel Writing, your novel will be well underway!

    Along with the course, you’ll get to spend time in the company of other writers interested in penning a novel. (It’s like participating in a writing course and group therapy at the same time!)

    There’s free, lighted parking available just outside the classroom, and coffee and snacks are provided.

    Sign up now! The first five people to sign up for the course receive a $20 discount.

    Call 304.744.4556 or email to secure your place in the class. Geoff's classes fill quickly, and space is limited.

    Note to class participants only: In the past, many students have asked for extra critique, guidance, and mentoring. We are pleased to offer it this year. For an extra $35, you can have a personal, one-on-one session (a value of over $100) that includes detailed critique of your manuscript, advice about the plans for your novel, and suggestions for further work.

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    Summer Stories 2008 Online

    Meredith Sue Willis is offering a four-session online creative writing class called Summer Stories during the month of July 2008 for writers of memoir and personal essay as well as short story and novel. The class is appropriate for beginning writers but will give ample stimulation to advanced writers who want to move forward with their projects. Students who have taken this class before will find new exercises included and, of course, new responses to your new work. There will be exercises and individual feedback on up to 1000 words per week. Sessions will be posted online and emailed on July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2008, with homework due a week later. If the class fills up, it will close early.

    For complete information, see

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    Dr. Write’s Life Writing Class

    Announcing New Life Writing Class: Write the Story of Your Life!
    January 29-February 26

    Almost everyone secretly wants to write his or her life story. Whether you've just lately began to consider the project or you've been putting it off for years, NOW is your chance!

    MAKES A PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT! Register online and your printable Gift Certificate can be emailed to you or your loved one within 24 hours.

    "Tell the Story of Your Life!" will cover everything you need to write the story of your life:
    for yourself, for your family, and for publication.

    "Tell the Story of Your Life!" is for all of you who have an important story inside you. In the course, you will find out who you are telling your story to, what kind of story you want to tell,
    how best to tell your story, when you can find the time to write your story, where best to work on your story, and why you should publish your story.

    Five nights for only $145. Mixing a ton of useful information with a variety of writing prompts, "Tell the Story of Your Life!" will get you turning your memories into a narrative that will grab and hold your readers.

    Whether you are an experienced writer who wants to tackle a topic of personal import or a person who wants to record your story for your family, "Tell the Story of Your Life!" will inform and inspire you.

    If you've taken a course from Geoff before, then you know how experienced he is and how fun and useful his classes are. If you never have taken a course from Geoff, you should.

    REGISTER NOW by calling 744.4556 or visiting

    Five classes for only $145.


    Write the Story of Your Life!
    5 Tuesday Nights, 6:30-9:00
    January 29-February 26
    Charleston Newspapers Virginia Street Parking Building Conference Room
    Free parking right outside the classroom, in the CN parking building.


    Geoff Fuller
    From conception to publication!

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