On Saturday, October 13, The Jack Kerouac Writers-in-Residence Project of Orlando partners with MAD about Words to offer you the opportunity to learn from and write with Caitlin O’Sullivan, the current writer-in-residence at Kerouac House.
Flashing into Fiction: Getting Started with Fiction’s Shortest Stories
Flash fiction is defined by its brevity: these short stories are usually between 500 and 1,000 words long, but include vivid characters, gripping plot, lush description, and piercing insight.
In this workshop we’ll discuss how to compress these elements into fiction’s shortest form. Learning to write flash fiction can be fun, satisfying—and even helpful for longer writing. Attendees will write and have the opportunity to share one (or more!) complete stories during the workshop. No experience with short stories or flash fiction required.
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On Saturday, August 11, The Jack Kerouac Writers-in-Residence Project of Orlando partners with MAD about Words to offer you the opportunity to learn from and write with Chloe Honum, the current writer-in-residence at Kerouac House.
Writing and Discovery
The poet Yusef Komunyakaa said, “Don’t write what you know. Write what you are are willing to discover.” In this workshop, we will take Komunyakaa’s advice to heart. We will write both poetry and nonfiction. Guided by specific writing exercises, each writer will explore his or her passions, memories, and mysteries.
Chloe Honum was born in Santa Monica, California, and was raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and Poetry. Her awards include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. For more information about Chloe, or to read some of her work, visit her website.
»» You can meet Chloe at her reading at Kerouac House, August 4 at 8 PM.
Freelance Writing Workshop September 15
If you’ve ever thought about starting your own freelance business, you won’t want to miss this master class led by a local freelance writer who has been there, done that, and is making a darn good living at it.
This is a roll-up-your-sleeves and make it happen workshop. You’ll learn where the markets for freelance writing are and how to find work. Exercises will help you identify your place in the writing world and whether you’re cut out for the Hosannahs and heartbreaks that come with being a wordslinger for hire.
Unexpectedly idled after 25 years working for others, Brad Kuhn was thrown into his freelance career in the depths of the “Great Recession.” Two and a half years later, as managing member of Brad Kuhn & Associates, LLC, he’s making more than he ever made working for others. His schedule is full. He’s writing magazine cover stories and features that have garnered top honors from the Florida Magazine Association, and he couldn’t be happier. Pictured here in a necktie, most days he doesn’t even wear shoes.
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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 Fox
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.
Novel in a Day Workshop packs a year’s worth of learning into a day-long interactive session filled with practical advice and solid instruction. 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 the 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
- Deciphering point of view
- Tips for self-editing
Vic DiGenti is the instructor for this up-beat and fast-paced workshop. Vic is the author of three award-winning adventure/fantasy novels, Windrusher, Windrusher and the Cave of Tho-hoth, and Windrusher and the Trail of Fire (Ocean Publishing). His unpublished mystery, Matanzas Bay, won the 2007 Josiah Bancroft Award and was named a Book of the Year in the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition. It was recently published under the pen name Parker Francis as both an ebook and a trade paperback.
Vic is a Regional Director and board member of Florida Writers’ Association, a member of Florida Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America.