Writing Workshops

Expect the best from MAD about Words workshops

  • Experience just the right mix of instruction, practice, and interaction
  • Meet, mingle, and make friends with other writers
  • Feel safe, supported, and free to experiment
  • Make connections to support your writing career

Work with a variety of published writers & experienced teachers

Experience different perspectives on writing and the writing life and discover what works best for you. Our writing workshops are professionally facilitated by wise and generous writers who share the kind of insights that can only be gained from years of writing, teaching, and publishing experience.


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.

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It’s a new year and there’s no better time to keep that resolution—write!

But what if you don’t know how to start? Or you’re an experienced writer who feels stuck? Fear of the blank page is normal, but there are ways to overcome it. This workshop will explore tips and techniques to get your pen flowing. Emphasis will be on generating new material and experimenting with different approaches. You will walk away with new avenues to pursue and strategies to continue writing long after the class is over. Appropriate for all levels and genres as we’ll be using a variety of prompts and exercises.

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