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Take A Hike – Poetry Workshop in Hillsboro

Take A Hike – Poetry Workshop
Pearl S. Buck Birthplace – Hillsboro, WV
Thursday, June 27, 2019 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM

On Thursday, June 27, 2019, the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace (located in Hillsboro, WV), with support from The Calvin W. Price Appalachian Enrichment Series, will host a “Take a Hike” poetry workshop lead by Kari Gunter-Seymour, Poet Laureate of Athens Ohio. The workshop will be held in the Sydenstricker Cabin on the property and is open to the public (pre-registration is recommended but not required), all levels of writers are welcomed. A $10.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Please bring paper, pen and a digital camera and/or smart phone. For more information contact Sherrell Wigal at

Join poet, Kari Gunter-Seymour for a hands-on poetry workshop. At the beginning of this workshop participants will take a brief hike around the grounds surrounding the Pearl S. Buck birthplace. Using your camera or smart phone, each participant will capture an image or images, one of which will be used as inspiration to write a poem. The S.M.I.L.E. technique will be introduced to help enhance the thought process and sharpen focus. A selection of Pearl S. Buck quotes will be available (provided) to incorporate into the poems or use as epigraphs to help set the stage or suggest a theme.

Three times a pushcart nominee, Kari Gunter-Seymour’s chapbook Serving was nominated for a 2018 Ohioana Award. Her work is included in the 2019 Visible Poetry Project and won top honors from Still: The Journal, BlackBerry Peach and the Hocking Hills Poetry Festival poetry contests. Her poems can be found in many fine journals – Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, CALYX, Stirring, Main Street Rag, and The LA Times, as well as on her website: She is an Instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and Poet Laureate for Athens, OH.

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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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Writers’Master Class with Silas House

A master class with writer Silas House is being offered, Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 3:00-4:30 p.m., at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies.

This class is sponsored by Four Seasons Book Store and Shepherd University Creative Writing Program.

Antietam Review Senior Editor and WV Writers member Ethan Fischer will moderate.

To participate, email 1-2 page prose and/or poetry manuscript (double-spaced), with name and email address on the manuscript, to

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Karin & Geoff Fuller present Short Takes: Writing from Life

Karin Fuller, Sunday Gazette-Mail columnist, and her husband, Geoff, an experienced writing teacher and award-winning author and editor, are teaming up to present Short Takes: Writing from Life. Students will learn how to turn their personal experiences into stories that move, amuse, and inspire their readers.

Through in-class exercises and homework assignments, participants will recognize how to choose which experiences to write about, how to rekindle memories, and how to craft short narratives that can be used as models or to build a foundation for longer work.

The material will be covered in three, two-hour classes, and Karin and Geoff are open to holding a fourth class (at no charge) for critiquing, questions on markets, or how to publish your work.

Reply to or call 744.4556 for more

Short Takes: Writing from Life Classes available in January or February. Cost: $75 (Sign up before Christmas and receive a 10% discount!)

January 8, 15, 22 OR February 5, 12, 19
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Classes held at Charleston Newspapers Conference Center. Free parking available right at the door.

Gift certificates available.

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