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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.
This class will discuss ways to break the mammoth task of completing a manuscript into manageable pieces
Learn to use visual art as a tool to prompt rich reflective writing in this ekphrastic workshop
Within the genre of happy poems, we’ll think about poems that celebrate love, sex, community, and connection of various kinds. We’ll examine some model poems by Ross Gay and others, including Czesław Miłosz, Jane Hirshfield, Derrick Austin. Come prepared to engage in jubilant experimentation.
Learn what it takes to hone an idea, write descriptive scenes and share a message with universal appeal that editors can’t wait to publish, whether you want to craft essays about personal experiences or a current event.
Join Anne and Steve Schmitt and friends at their home for Charlotte Lit’s second literary salon—an intimate gathering with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, poetry, and delicious conversation.
Just as poets might use craft devices like humor, rhyme or lineation to encourage heightened attention from readers, interactivity is another tool, and one that’s becoming increasingly prevalent.
Wonder if the first page of your manuscript will make the editor’s cut? Gather ’round to watch and listen to a rare two-sided assessment from both the business and the craft side of writing — served with wit, insight, experience, and punch. Witness how a highly-regarded literary agent and a New York Times bestselling author discuss — and debate — aspects of creating a skillfully told story and navigating the professional side of publishing by dissecting that oh-so-important first page.
Gather ’round to watch and listen to a rare two-sided assessment from both the business and the craft side of writing.
We’ll review the elements of successful love essays and discuss what makes them unforgettable. A series of stimulating prompts will help you generate your own stories either long buried or forgotten.
In this three-session course, you’ll learn what makes a great three-minute spoken essay; you’ll draft, get feedback, and edit an essay; you’ll learn the basics of being recorded; and you’ll record your three-minute essay in a professional sound studio. This class is being offered in partnership with Charlotte Art League.
You have finally finished your manuscript but now you need to find your readers and market your book.
In this course, we will sample it all, reading and writing “Fiction of strictly real events or facts” as well as fantastical and allegorical representations of ourselves, using much of our real biographical information, but not much else.
New York-based author and Wildacres favorite will talk writing and read from his varied works. (Part of our in-town retreat on auto-fiction.)
If you think your day job robs you of your best writing time, join us for a reading and conversation focused on using the workplace environment to your artistic advantage.
By taking a close look at some poems we’ll discover how the use of imagery, line-breaks, quotes, leaps, surprises and other “tricks” lead to their satisfactory conclusions.
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