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Pen to Paper is a free online gathering for writers of any level. Each one-hour session includes a short craft lesson and a writing prompt, 30-40 minutes of writing time, and an opportunity for sharing your work. The environment is casual, supportive, and generative—and helps support you in developing a consistent writing practice.
Explore fiction by learning to read like a writer as Kathryn Schwille discusses writers' decisions about point of view, dialogue, and character.
Through carefully selected prompts and timed writing laps, this writing marathon is focused on helping writers create fresh material in a safe, relaxed environment.
In this three-part course, we will explore the skill sets required to create vivid, immersive, and wholly original atmospheres and settings in genre and literary fiction by studying established worlds in fiction and incorporating those techniques into our own projects.
Part of Charlotte Lit's new Poetry Nightclub Series, at Starlight on 22nd in NoDa. Ticket includes your first drink.
Part of Charlotte Lit's new Poetry Nightclub Series, at Starlight on 22nd in NoDa. This ticket is for under 21 / non-drinking guests.
In this class for writers of all genres, we’ll learn the difference between revision and editing; examine some of the key features of literary style; work on creating an individual voice; and explore a range of options when revising artistically.
Charlotte Lit's annual celebration, featuring author Melissa Febos. Free for Charlotte Lit members!
A master class with author Melissa Febos
Join us for a three-week introduction to science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, horror, and other ways of working with fantastical elements in fiction.
In this class, the essential five paragraphs that make up a query letter, including the elevator pitch, author bio, and the dreaded comparison books, in order to find agents and write the best possible query letter.
In this class, we’ll look at the connections between our modern alphabet and ancient runes from which our letters emerged, exploring the symbolic properties of each letter, learning how to incorporate them into our everyday and writing lives. This class will involve making our own set of wooden runes as a tool to gain new perspective.
This four-week, mostly asynchronous studio will help you decide if you want to write a novel, and, if so, will help make the journey easier through the examination of structure, protagonist, worldbuilding, genre, and point of view. This is a great choice if you’re considering applying for Authors Lab.
This class offers an introduction to the fundamentals of songwriting—from getting started to writing a memorable chorus. You’ll walk away with a start to your original song, a guide on how to continue writing on your own, and an assortment of exercises to help keep the creativity flowing.
Making notebooks by hand lets writers immerse themselves in the critical early creative process and helps them commit to a project. In this class, we'll make fun, easy, affordable, and portable pocket notebooks in the spirit of zines. We'll use targeted prompts to start to fill the pages with ideas for characters, setting, and scenes before using printmaking and collage to make them our own.
In this workshop Judy will cram every tip she wishes she had known before she started writing personal essays and memoir, such as beginnings, voice, structure, descriptive details, reflection, scene vs. summary, and tension.
Through discussion and play, this class will access the unconscious parts of us that, among other things, build the dream landscapes we visit in our sleep so that we can bring those images into the light of our writing—and our lives. We’ll explore games of collaboration, chance, and automatic writing developed by members of the Surrealist Movement, all to help generate new ideas and poems.
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