Writing Right

Writer’s Workshop: The Elements of Great Fiction

You’ve always dreamed of writing a novel! Or you have already published a few pieces and you’re looking to take your writing further. Learn the elements of great fiction from character, motivation and conflict to structure, setting and scene-writing. Practice crafting dialogue, writing gorgeous sentences, showing instead of telling, and revising your work to commercial writing standards. Discuss the business of writing with a step-by-step guide to getting published. Instructor: Julie Castillo

 

Total Cost: $95 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: PWL-358-A3
Wednesday, May 6 - 27, 6:30 - 9 p.m. (four sessions)
K132
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Writing Picture Books

Dissect and discuss award winning and popular picture books. Learn basic rules for writing a picture book for publication, and uncover the markets and rules for approaching a publisher with a picture book manuscript. Instructor: Lois Szymanski

 

Total Cost: $115 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: PDE-928-A4
Wednesday, May 6 - June 10, 7 - 9 p.m. (six sessions)
T325
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Getting Started in Writing

There’s a book inside you! Find out how to take it from the initial spark of an idea to a finished manuscript and how to get it into the hands of a publisher. Explore the creative processes, working methods and business aspects of being a writer. Get started on your first work, whether you write fiction or nonfiction. Instructor: Julie Castillo

 

Total Cost: $30 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-240-A4
Wednesday, June 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
K128
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How to Publish Your Book

Whether it’s an idea or finished manuscript, get the tools needed to publish a book here. Groom your book for an established market. Discover how to find the right publisher. Find out what to expect, and what to look out for when signing the contract. Learn to promote yourself and more! Instructor: Julie Castillo

 

Total Cost: $39 (includes $39 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-013-A4
Wednesday, June 17, 6 - 9 p.m.
K128
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New! Basics of Book Promotion

It’s up to you. Whether writing fiction or nonfiction, self-publishing or working with a publisher, you’ll need a publicity plan. Learn the basics of blurb acquisition, reviews, social media promotion, book fairs, author appearances, book trailers and more. Know the timeline for each major phase of promotion. Develop a budget for promoting your book that will bring the optimal return for your investment. Harness the power of marketing to get your book noticed! Instructor: Julie Castillo

 

Total Cost: $39 (includes $39 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-833-A4
Wednesday, June 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
K128
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Our instructors have the write stuff!

 

Lois Szymanski has authored 24 children’s books, including fiction for young and middle school readers, nonfiction and picture books. Her short stories have appeared in many children’s magazines, including Highlights for Children, U*S*Kids Magazine, Turtle Magazine and Hopscotch Magazine. Szymanski presents writer’s workshops at various colleges, literary gatherings and Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) events.

 

Julie Castillo, has a Master of Arts degree in Sociocultural Anthropology, and has been a teacher, writer, editor and writing consultant. She brings her expertise and warm, dynamic style to help students gain the tools to enrich their writing.

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