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Robert Tinnell Screenwriting Workshop in January

Screenwriting Workshop

When: January 11 & 12, 2020
Where: Holiday Inn, Morgantown 1 1188 Pineview Dr, Morgantown, WV 26505 *see Lodging below for discounted room rates
Saturday, January 11, 2020 10am – 4pm
Sunday, January 12, 2020 10am -2pm
PRICE : $75 Open to the Public . Lunch Buffet from Atrias included

Workshop size is limited to 30. Please reserve early.

The West Virginia Filmmakers Guild is excited to announce our screenwriting workshop taught by writer/director and West Virginia native, Mr. Robert Tinnell.

Expect to get hands-on writing exercises designed to not only polish the work of writers with existing screenplays but also to give beginners a sense of the fundamental practices of screenwriting. Topics will include lectures on basic story and structure, character development, and attention to the details that can make the difference between success and rejection.

Robert will also cover the business side of the entertainment industry covering topics of the market, writer contracts, strategies of getting your foot in the door, and how to maintain a professional attitude throughout your career.

This is a great opportunity for all writers. We have been looking forward to this workshop for quite some time and hope that you take advantage of it!


Robert Tinnell Bio

Robert Tinnell is an American writer, film director and producer.
Robert directed such films as Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019), Frankenstein and Me (1996), and Kids of the Round Table (1995). His producer credits include Back Fork (2019), The Hunted (2013) and Surf Nazis Must Die (1987).

His graphic novel writing includes Flesh and Blood, The Living and The Dead, The Black Forest, The Wicked West, and the Eisner Award Nominee Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Special Thanks
We would like to thank the Charles R. Nailler Memorial Foundation for their on-going support. For the past three years, we are grateful to receive grants that helps us here at the West Virginia Filmmakers Guild continue to offer quality workshops that educate filmmakers at all levels of experience taught by working professionals in the entertainment industry.

Holiday Inn, Morgantown, 1188 Pineview Dr, Morgantown, WV 26505, (304) 241-6649

Discounted Rate: $80/ Night *Be sure to reference the WVFG Screenwriting Workshop

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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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The Kanawha County Public Library hosting writing workshop.

The Kanawha County Public Library is hosting a writing workshop called "Meet Your Muse: Writing Organically."

Professional writing coach, Linda Roberts, will help you discover where your writing talent - your Muse - lives in this informal, interactive workshop. The workshop will include time for a Q & A session on writing and publishing, Participants may bring their own paper, pencils, and pens. All writers are welcome, newbies to experienced. Registration is limited to up to 12 participants. Call Cathy Pierce at 304.949.2400 to register.

Library: Elk Valley Branch Library

313 The Crossings Mall
Elkview, WV 25071 (at Elkview exit off I-79)

Date: 11/17/2012, Saturday
Start Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Free writers workshop this weekend in Lewisburg

There will be a free writers workshop on Saturday, March 24 from 1-5 at Deep River Creative on Washington Street in downtown Lewisburg. The workshop, called New Voices, is one of the programs developed by the High Rocks organization of Hillsboro. Attendees will develop written pieces during the workshop from 1-4 followed by a reading of those pieces from 4-5.

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The Crow’s Quill Writers Group workshop this Saturday

The Crow’s Quill Writers Group is sponsoring a workshop this Saturday, April 16th in Clarksburg, WV and they are featuring Sandy Tritt. Sandy is owner and lead editor of Inspiration for Writers, a premier Editing and Ghostwriting service with clients on all corners of the globe.

Sandy will be leading a class on one of the toughest aspects of writing to grasp – ‘Point of View.’ If you take your writing seriously, please make time to attend this workshop. Sandy has a knack for showing folks how to structure their writing to more professional levels and if you think you may be interested in hiring a professional editing firm, this might be the opportunity you’re looking for.

The workshop will be held at the Waldomore Mansion, adjacent to the Harrison-Clarksburg Public Library in Clarksburg, Saturday April 16 at 10:AM. The Crow’s Quill is only requesting a $5.00 donation to defray costs and refreshments will be served.

Don’t miss this! It might be just what you need right now.

For more info contact: Debbie Crim
Ph. # 304-842-6889

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Monroe Arts Alliance Writing Workshop

The Monroe Arts Alliance invites all county residents to a creative writing workshop in preparation for the Writing Contest whose deadline is April 1, 2011. The workshop, co-sponsored by the Monroe County Senior Centers, will be held at the Lindside Senior Center on Friday, March 4th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Learn how to really tell that "big fish" story, or that tale about Grandpa. To help get those creative juices flowing, author Belinda Anderson, a Monroe County native, will structure the workshop to fit the criteria of the MAA Writing Contest. Those new to the writing experience will learn how to develop ideas into short narratives, and those already writing will discover techniques for honing their skills. Participants will leave with material for possible contest entries.

Sessions will be devoted to the contest categories of Life Stories, History/Landmarks, Nature/Our environment (the perfect category for the fish story), Fiction, and a special category for seniors (anyone over the age of 60) called "When I was young...".

Advanced registration for the workshop is required. The registration form may be obtained here (download), or at the local libraries and senior centers, or by calling 304-772-4568 . The general public will be charged a fee of $20.00 for the day-long session. Seniors may attend free of charge. Attendees are asked to bring notebooks and writing materials, and may bring their lunch or purchase it at the Senior Center for a modest charge. Coffee, tea and water will be available compliments of the Monroe Arts Alliance.

Belinda Anderson is a successful author of short stories for young people and adults who draws on her Appalachian heritage for inspiration. She conducts writing and story-telling workshops throughout the state and is currently working on a book based on the oral history of Wolf Creek Mountain in Monroe County.

"We come from a fine oral story telling tradition," she comments, "and I've discovered in my workshops that this heritage translates wonderfully into print. Whether writers are Monroe Countians by birth or choice, they seem to have a feel for the land, and for people, and they write with a sincerity that is very engaging. I really believe that everyone has stories to tell, and that's why I enjoy the opportunity to offer direction and encouragement in the workshop environment."

Registration deadline is February 28, 2011. Register today for a rich and rewarding workshop experience.

For more information, contact Judith Bair by phone at 304-772-4568 or email

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Writers Workshop in Huntington

Bram Stoker Award winning editor offers Writers Workshop in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For those who are serious about becoming a writer,
or improving in the writing craft, the first step may be a
comprehensive writing course to be held locally next weekend. For the
first time in the Huntington area, international Bram Stoker Award
winning editor Michael Knost will be the lead instructor as he offers
Writers Workshop: Level One, to be held Sat., May 22, from 9:00 a.m. -
2:00 p.m., at Mountwest Community & Technical College.

"If you are serious about improving as a storyteller, and if your goal
is to be published, then this one day intensive writing course, which
includes four distinct classes, is the first step toward a successful
writing career," Knost said, explaining that he will be personally
teaching a class that will focus on four writing themes, including:
Plot and Story (9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.); Description (10 a.m. – 10:45
a.m.); Point of View and Dialogue (11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.); and Creating
Great Characters (1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.). Although lunch is not included
in the cost, Knost will host a "free-for-all writing craft discussion"
for all who would like to attend during the lunch hour, from 12-noon
to 1:00 p.m.

Knost's book, Writers Workshop of Horror (Woodland Press), recently
won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award in the nonfiction category. The Bram
Stoker Award is hosted by the Horror Writers Association and is
considered the highest honor for authors and editors in the horror and
dark fiction genres.

The tuition for Writers Workshop: Level One, which includes includes
all four classes during the one-day course, is $125. For additional
information, or to sign up for the one day class at Mountwest
Community and Technical College, see, or call
(304) 688-0191. Mountwest Community & Technical College is located at
3rd Ave. and 18th Street, Huntington, WV (Next to the Cam Henderson
Center). Class size is restricted, so interested individuals are
encouraged to sign-up early.

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Upcoming Colleen Anderson Workshops

Writer Colleen Anderson will be conducting some writing workshops in the near future.

April 18-23: Cedar Mountain Writing Workshop. This workshop, which will be held in a private cabin near Brevard, NC, is limited to a few participants, but there's room for at least one more person. With five days of workshopping, time to explore the area (near Asheville, NC), and breakfasts/lunchesincluded, it's a remarkably affordable $350. Rental cabins are
available, and there may be a bedroom left in a cabin that's being rented by several already-registered participants. You can download more info and a registration form at my website:

May 16-21: Sensory and Specific: A Creative Writing Course. A week- long Exploritas program at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, WV.

Find out more about this workshop by visiting and search for "Sensory and Specific," or call 1-800-454-5768 to register.

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Workshop at Chautauqua Scholarship Program

This information may be of interest to our members who write children's books.

Established in 1985, the Highlights Foundation is a nonprofit organization which helps authors and illustrators who write and illustrate for children of all ages. They have genre specific workshops and working retreats year round. There is also a scholarship program available for their flagship workshop, the Writers Workshop at Chautauqua, and the deadline is quickly approaching. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 12, 2010.

Please visit or e-mail for more information.

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“So You Want to Write a Book” workshop

Rosalyn Queen Alonso will be conducting a workshop entitled "So You Want To Write A Book" at the United Technical Center on RT. 19 N, in Clarksburg.

It will start on February 2 and run for eight weeks from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

The course will cover the basics from getting started to marketing a finished product. There will also be local published authors sharing their experiences and tips.

For more information or to register contact Charlotte Lake at the UTC or

Queen-Alonso is a published author with her book "Arriverdici, Recipes and Customs Every Italian Girl Takes From Home" now in its fifth printing

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