susan lilley

Susan Lilley’s Poetry Alchemy is back!

This writing workshop is all about intuition, and tuning in to connectivity we don’t see on the surface of daily life, but is crucial to the work of any artist.

We will start with the formal guidelines of the Japanese form haibun and learn what we can about trusting our intuitive leaps from the prose poem of the first part to the “whisper” (haiku) at the end.

The second half of the workshop will build upon intuitive associations as we build poems that are essentially collages. By using already existing material along with new imagery, we will find ways to generate new work that will yield unexpected results. Participants will receive a short (and easy!) list of items to bring to the workshop with them.

Come and be ready to meet your own mysteries of creativity. Beginning and experienced poets welcome!

Susan Lilley is a Florida native. Her work has appeared in Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Drunken Boat, Slipstream, Sweet, The Apalachee Review, Passager, New Madrid, The Florida Review, and Tiger Tail, among other journals.  She is the 2009 winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Award and her chapbook, Night Windows, won the Yellow Jacket Press contest for Florida poets.  Her chapbook, Satellite Beach, is out from Finishing Line Press. She was voted top choice for Best of There Will Be Words prose reading series in Orlando for 2013, which resulted in a chapbook of memoir essays called When We Were Stardust. She was recently recognized in the top 3 of Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando poll in the poet/spoken word artist category. Her MFA is from University of Southern Maine; she teaches literature and writing at Trinity Preparatory School and is an adjunct professor at Rollins College in central Florida.

Space is limited. Register to reserve your place.

When: Saturday,September 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: Community Clubhouse, Winter Park FL 32792 – MAP

Fee: $89.

  • We’ll break for lunch. Brown bag it, or purchase lunch from any of several nearby .
Register Online

Register by Mail: Make your check payable to MAD about Words. (Sorry, we can only take credit card payments online.) Please include your full name, address, phone number and email address. Mail your information and payment to MAD about Words, P.O. Box 5057, Winter Park FL 32793-5057

Terms of Registration: You must be age 18 or older to participate. Special offers and discounts cannot be combined. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations unless we receive your written refund request two weeks before the workshop date. Fees for returned checks and cancellations apply. If, at our discretion, the workshop is canceled, refunds will be issued. Your registration is confirmed via email from MAD about Words.

vic digenti

Vic DiGenti is the instructor for this up-beat and fast-paced interactive workshop.

Now Open for Registration!

Writers today face an uphill climb. The competition is fierce, the learning curve steep. There’s no magic wand, but by learning the basic techniques for crafting a novel, the beginning writer can quickly flatten the learning curve.

For both beginning writers and more advanced pros looking for new insights, this workshop provides writers with the tools needed to craft their own novel—a novel that will grab a reader’s attention and keep them turning pages.

Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Elements of plot and structure
  • Creating characters that sizzle
  • Secrets of good dialogue
  • Crafting strong beginnings, middles and ends
  • Writing in scene
  • Tips for self-editing

Don’t put your writing dreams on hold—let the Novel in a Day Workshop show you how to turn rejection slips into royalties.

Vic DiGenti is the instructor for this up-beat and fast-paced interactive workshop. As Parker Francis, he writes the Quint Mitchell Mystery series. He’s also written the award-winning adventure/fantasy Windrusher trilogy. Vic is a Florida Writers Association Regional Director, and co-director of the Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference.

Space is limited. Reserve your place now.

When: August 30, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Community Clubhouse, Winter Park FL 32792 -  MAP
Fee: $89.

  • Registration fee includes a 30-page workbook.
  • Workshop starts promptly. Please come up to 30 minutes early to network and settle in.
  • We’ll break for lunch. Brown bag it, or purchase lunch from any of several nearby restaurants.
Register Online

Register by Mail: Make your check payable to MAD about Words. (Sorry, we can only take credit card payments online.) Please include your full name, address, phone number and email address. Mail your information and payment to MAD about Words, P.O. Box 5057, Winter Park FL 32793-5057

Vic DiGenti is a superb instructor and offered a well-organized, interactive workshop. Great takeaway. A good session for both novice and experienced writers. —Nancy F.

Very fresh outlook, but also realistic about what it takes to write a novel. DiGenti was quirky and made a very productive workshop.” —Victoria C.

Vic DiGenti is a great speaker and covered all the material you could want. Group work and matching handout were very helpful.—Shannon B.

I have not had such an enjoyable time or learned more at a workshop of any kind in many years. The day was fun, informative and interactive. The information provided was on point, made logical sense and is immediately applicable to my writing. —Nick V.

Terms of Registration:You must be age 18 or older to participate. Special offers and discounts cannot be combined. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations unless we receive your written refund request two weeks before the workshop date. Fees for returned checks and cancellations apply. If, at our discretion, the workshop is canceled, refunds will be issued. Your registration is confirmed via email from MAD about Words.