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Sandra Jensen says
July 21, 2018 at 3:23 pm
WRITING ON THE EDGE OF THE SEA
Free the Writer, Look for Trouble: a five-day writing workshop in Crete
7 – 12th October 2018
“To live — Do you know what that means? To undo your belt and look for trouble!”
~Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
We often write as we live: bound by conscious and unconscious ideas of who we are and how we should behave. Sometimes we need to break free, to look for trouble – to help us actually live as we hope to. We believe the same is true for writing.
In this workshop we will use a variety of craft exercises and approaches to explore and dismantle the barriers to writing in ways we most aspire to—in ways perhaps we cannot even imagine possible. We will be subversive, seeking to find a “little madness” and “trouble”, and through group discussion and private meetings with the instructors, we will help you shape the new work emerging, whatever style or genre that may be.
This will be a generative and boundary-busting workshop limited to 12 participants, and our goal will be to produce new work, new pages, new lines.
We will set ourselves at the edge between land and sea in the ancient, historical, mythical landscape of Crete to allow the power of place to work on us.
During a typical day participants will meet together for three hours at our workshop space in the centre of Chania. Outside of the workshops, participants will have time for their own writing and also to explore Chania for inspiration. We will also gather together for readings at a local café, and some days we will have group meals and relaxed evening sessions in one of the many excellent restaurants or in the workshop space courtyard under the stars. The workshop space is a multi-use art space loft which also has a handicrafts workshop area and a piano in case you need a break from writing!
We begin on Sunday evening, the 7th of October and have a final dinner together on Friday the 12th.
The workshop is open to all levels of writing experience.
350 Euros. To hold a space, a deposit of 100 euros is required, and full payment must be received four weeks prior to the workshop start, and at this point the deposit is non-refundable. For more information, or to book your spot, contact us.
Accommodation, airfares (the closest airport is Chania); transfers from airport to Chania town (if several of you are arriving at a similar time we can arrange for a shared taxi); meals, with the exception of welcome wine and Greek ‘mezes’ at our workshop space on the first evening.
There are a number of affordable hotels, apartments, rooms and Bed and Breakfast accommodations throughout Chania within walking distance of the workshop space. We suggest you use Airbnb. We can share contact information of registered participants should anyone like to find an apartment together.
The Venetian town of Chania is the spiritual capital of Crete, set on an extraordinarily beautiful harbour. The old-town city walls enclose Ottoman, Byzantine and Minoan ruins and a maze of cobbled streets, cafes, tavernas, lazy squares and busy markets. There is a city beach for dozing in the sun or swimming (the Mediterranean can be quite warm in October). We recommend you extend your stay by at least a few days, in particular to explore some of the highlights of Crete including the Palace of Knossos, famous for the legend of the Minotaur in the labyrinth, the monasteries and caves of the nearby Akrotiri peninsula and the Samaria Gorge, a biosphere reserve and 16 km hike.
LOOKING FOR YOUNG SCREENWRITERS says
June 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm
My name is Jay Mitchell, I am a screenwriting graduate student at Loyola Marymount University. This summer, I am assembling a small group of screenwriters/creatives to form a tightly knit unit in order to develop each other’s projects from top to bottom. This is NOT a writers group.
How this will work is each writer will pitch an idea that they want to develop into a screenplay and beyond (sizzle reel/ mock poster/visual treatment) with the purpose of being sold OR being a part of their own portfolio.
After pitching to the group, we will then decide whether or not the writer will follow through to the NEXT stage. We want to make sure the majority (if not all) are in agreement with approving the project before moving forward. If your pitch is not approved, this does NOT mean you can’t write it on your own… it just means that WE will not be obligated to read it 😉
The Steps of Each Project Will Go as Follows…
1. The Pitch/Logline
2. Character Bio/Profiles
3. Sequence Outline/ Beat sheet
4. Act 1
5. Act 2 (first half)
6. Act 2 (second half)
7. Act 3
Each project, although written by a single writer will be a collaborative effort. The goal here is to make the notes disappear, and produce a script that everyone is confident in. We do not recommend bringing in work that is a passion project or something incredibly personal that you want complete control over. We urge everyone (myself included) to take notes into strong consideration, make necessary adjustments, in order to elevate the material.
What Kind of Writers Are We Looking For???
Preferably we are looking for young (age 20 – 35) talented, diverse writers who have a unique voice yet understand structure and have a passion for writing. The ability to give productive notes are a must as well as the ability to receive notes and criticism. We also ask that these writers be willing to take out the time each week (two- three hours) to read and give notes to other people’s work which is crucial to the success of every project.
While we understand some young writers may be self-taught, we would prefer to have writers who have at least taken screenwriting classes. If you are a screenwriting major or receiving your MFA in screenwriting that is a HUGE plus!!!
Writing Prompt for Consideration
Write a fun scene 5-10 pages of a creative adaptation of pre-existing property. (This could be a reboot of your favorite cartoon, a fresh take of a classic monster, etc…) This is simply to access writing ability and sensibilities to see if you’re a good fit for this project.
Be sure to add a small bio/introduction as well and any other information you’d like to provide!!!
If interested, email your submissions or any questions to email@example.com
Jay North says
January 6, 2017 at 10:08 pm
Creative Writing Class
If you have always wanted to write a book, a movie or a memoir, this class just might be what you have always been looking for.
Hello from Jay North; On Line Creative Writing Class
Creative Writing Class
with Bestselling Author Jay North, published by One Globe Press
A Writing Class With A New Twist!
“If an abused child with Dyslexia who never finished high school can become a bestselling author, so can you!”
You have a book, movie or memoir in you — let it come out! I will guide you along the way.
10-day fun, easy, informative and innovative method to learning creative writing!
About Jay North
Author Jay North began writing poetry at age 16; he had his 1st book published on health and beauty at age 19. Jay has written 33 of his own books and several others for clients. His extensive writing career includes thousands of published articles, poems, how to advice, recipes, essays, press releases, marketing content, organic gardening and natural healing. During his activity in professional writing, Jay was script supervisor for Lamont Johnson productions. His writing references list from 100’s of clients speaks volumes of his natural talent ability and love for the craft. His desire is to help people from all over the world that want to tell their stories and sharpen their skills in creative writing.
“My purpose is to be of service. Please allow me to serve you.” – Jay North
July 30, 2016 at 2:17 pm
?In this new workshop you will write a 750 word piece of creative non-fiction in one weekend. Pulitzer Prize Finalist author Lee Martin will guide you through creating a fresh work of flash.
?This generative class will include written “lectures” and writing prompts designed by Lee Martin, discussion threads where you can interact with Lee Martin and your fellow classmates, and an opportunity to share your work with your fellow classmates.
Kick Start Your Novel in Málaga, Spain says
January 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm
An intensive novel-writing workshop for the serious fiction writer
Join us this summer in beautiful southern Spain and immerse yourself in a week-long Spanish experience that will inspire and invigorate your writing.
Writers & Publishers International is pleased to invite award-winning author and teacher Elizabeth Engstrom as our 2016 guest instructor for our six day/ 6 night novel writing workshop & retreat in Spain’s Montes de Málaga National Park, Andalusia, Spain from June 19 to 24, 2016.
This workshop is for the writer who has basic writing experience, is highly motivated and has at least a nodding acquaintance with the novel that dwells within. While you may work on your novel-in-progress if you insist, Liz strongly suggests that instead, you work on something fresh for the purposes of this workshop. Leave your old work at home and let the spirit of the moment move you. Trust the creative process and watch the magic happen.
This workshop is not for the faint of heart, the weak-willed or those who are afraid of the intense internal examination that novel writing entails. Your level of experience is not as important as your dedication to the process. Plan to attend all sessions, and spend non-class hours working intensively on your book as well. Momentum is important.
Whether your dream is to write a best-seller or you want to travel while dedicating time to your writing, you’ll return from the retreat with a substantial body of work and the motivation to complete your novel.
“Liz is more than a teacher. She is a mentor, a friend, a coach and an encourager. She’s a creative light whose guidance will inspire writers at any point in their journey, whether they’re seasoned professionals or emerging artists. Her brand of wisdom and generosity comes along only rarely, and her teaching becomes a part of the blood and bone of a writer’s art.” – Susan Wiggs, #1 NYT bestselling author.
Cost – 4 star hotel (ALL MEALS INCLUDED) + tuition package: 1,650 Euros (approx. $1,795) per workshop participant.
·6 nights’ accommodation at the 4 star Hotel Cortijo la Reina, including all meals
·Writing workshops and intensive feedback sessions
·One-to-one tutorial with Elizabeth Engstrom
·Full critique of your 2-page novel synopsis
·Round trip ground transport from Málaga to our hotel
·Expert led sessions on all topics of publishing & personal market recommendations, including getting your novel made into a motion-picture
·Flamenco concert & Farewell party
Optional add-ons for an extra price: massage, horse-riding, special guided tours of the natural park, bicycle rental, transport to explore near-by villages, and much more!
Our international writing retreats fill quickly, so we recommend registering as early as possible to reserve your place. Hope to see you in Spain! Visit us at: http://www.writersandpublishers.org/
WordTango's Weekend Flash Class says
December 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm
January 15-17, 2016
?In this workshop you will write a work of flash fiction in one weekend.
Flash legend Kathy Fish will guide you through the process of creating and revising a fresh work of flash.
Designed with tight deadlines to prevent procrastination, this class includes writing prompts and written “lectures” designed by Kathy Fish, discussion threads where you can interact with Kathy Fish and your fellow classmates, and an opportunity to have your flash critiqued by up to three of your classmates in our optional week-long peer review workshop following the class.
For an additional fee, Kathy Fish is offering a few critiques (500 word limit) available to students of the class on a first-come first-served basis.?
The Horror Writers Workshop, Transylvania says
December 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm
The Horror Writers Workshop, Transylvania invites you to join us with award-winning author and teacher Brian Evenson from August 7 to 14, 2016 in Bran, Transylvania.
If there’s one destination a horror writer should visit at least once in their life-time, Transylvania is the place! Whether you’re a new or established writer, or just new to the genre, the home of Vlad ?epe? (Dracula) will inspire you to believe in things you cannot see. Here in Transylvania, we’re dying to meet you. We’d love to share the local folklore and inspire you to write your own legendary tales. Together, we’ll delve to the depths of the horror genre and explore how to turn a good story into a publishable piece of writing. During your week-long stay, you’ll be given expert-led lectures on how to master the mechanics of horror writing, as well as learn about the latest trends in the world of publishing. If you’re already published, our setting and instruction will help you breath new life into your work. Guided exercises and assignments will help generate new writing, teach you how to polish it, and also offer new angles on work-in-progress. In addition, ample time will be devoted to workshop your writing. It’s a mind-blowing intensive seven days of writing and workshops, aimed at getting you writing and producing publishable work. Be prepared, your writing potential will surface. The Horror Writers Workshop, Transylvania is an opportunity for you to reawaken your writer’s soul. We welcome all levels of writers, especially those who are ready to work hard and move their writing careers forward. Come and join us for a truly creative and life-changing adventure. Pe curând!
Cost per workshop participant: 1,660 Euros (approx. $1,795)
Please ask about our student and group discounts.
Expert-led lectures & workshops, including all the tools and techniques to write a successful horror story, where to publish your work, and how to build your career as a horror writer. For more information on lectures and workshops.
One-to-one tutorials offering an evaluation of your writing and suggestions on how to shape, edit and improve your material. with award-winning author and teacher Brian Evenson.
Market Recommendations. All participants will be given at least 5 individual recommendations on suitable places to submit work.
A comprehensive critique of one of the following: a short story (max. 3,000 words) or a section of a longer work-in-progress (1stchapter of a novel) including a query edit. (Brian Evenson)
A comprehensive critique of: 2 poems (up to 50 lines) and a short story (3,000 words). (Tausha Johnson)
7 days and 7 nights in single accommodation at the award-winning, 3-star Mama Cozonacilor hotel. Includes buffet breakfast, lunches, 3 course dinners, including wine & palinka (expect for days we visit Bran & Sighisoara).
If you’d like to join us in Transylvania this summer, please register at http://www.workshopwriters.com/registration/
We have limited places so if you know you can commit, it’s best to register early.
Hope to see you in Transylvania in 2016. Cu drag!
“…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of happiness you bring.” Bram Stoker, Dracula
Elizabeth Petie says
November 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm
I?n WordTango’s workshop, author, teacher, and query expert Ellen Meister will guide you through everything you need to know about crafting the perfect hook and query. Ellen knows how to write a killer query letter. She worked with Lisa McMann, NYT bestselling author to hone hers!
The classroom is virtual and will include students from different time zones/countries. You can come online over the course of the weekend as fits your schedule and complete the assignments. Our classes are highly interactive, with students offering feedback and support to each other. The class is generative, with the end goal of having each student leave class with a strong query letter, ready to send to agents!
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