Gaithersburg
Book Festival
Saturday
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
Gaithersburg
City Hall
Grounds
Gaithersburg
Book Festival
Saturday
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
Gaithersburg
City Hall
Grounds

2016 Writing Workshops for Adults and Teens

Quick List

The following is a list of workshops from the 2014 Festival. While we're working on planning workshops for 2015, we left this list here so you can get a sense of the types of programs we host. For updates on upcoming workshops and others programs, make sure to subscribe to our Newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Workshop Details

College Admissions Essay Writing: Writing Your Way into College!

Presented by: Mason Henderson
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

In this workshop Writopia instructors will help college bound high schoolers identify unique and meaningful personal stories and tell them in their authentic voices. Instructors provide guidance on structure and editing and will help students explore themes, expand on ideas and create drafts.

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Creative Writing For Teens

Presented by: Lucinda Marshall
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm

Using participatory writing prompts, teen writers will have an opportunity to experience and learn more about how workshopping techniques can assist them in their creative writing. They will have a chance to share their work and get feedback as time allows. They will receive information about MWA's teen writing clubs which are offered without cost at libraries throughout the state as well as other resources to further their writing.

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From Memory to Fiction: Finding Inspiration in Your Memories

Presented by: Carol Westreich Solomon
Time: 3pm - 4pm

Have you hit a writer’s block? Find inspiration for your next story in your own memories and experiences. Through a guided prompt, identify elements that you can fictionalize to create a powerful, engaging story.

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Getting Your Poetry Published

Presented by: Michele Wolf
Time: 1pm - 2pm

Whether you have yet to submit your first poem to a literary journal or are ready to offer a publisher a book-length manuscript, Michele Wolf’s mini version of her one-day workshop at The Writer's Center provides advice on how to succeed. Get tips on placing poems in print and online journals, why anthologies are such an appealing platform, how to publish chapbooks and books, the pros and cons of contests, the etiquette of poetry submission, how to develop your poetry network, and how to keep your morale high while facing rejection in a highly competitive field. A Q&A period will follow.

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Memoir Essentials

Presented by: Cathy Alter
Time: 2pm - 3pm

The best way to decipher the truth about yourself is by setting about the sometimes grueling, always revealing, usually embarrassing task of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). How else to process your childhood fear of dolls, make sense of your obsession with David Copperfield, or wonder what’s at the root of mother issues. In this one-hour workshop on the essentials of memoir writing, participants will learn how to frame a narrative, find a unique voice, reflect on the past through the present and much more. As a group, we will discuss the hallmarks of all good personal essays, take time for a short writing prompt, and figure out where to best pitch your personal essays.

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Mystery Writing

Presented by: Alan Orloff
Time: 11am - 12pm

If you’ve always wanted to write a mystery novel but didn’t know where to start, this sample workshop is for you. We’ll examine characteristics of the many subgenres (thrillers, too!) and learn about mystery-specific conventions and pitfalls such as TSTL syndrome, macguffins, red herrings, killer twists, wacky sidekicks, and smooth clue-dropping, among others. Fun, educational, and… mysterious!

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Writing Children’s Books

Presented by: Mary Quattlebaum
Time: 12pm - 1pm

Have you always wanted to write for children? Then come and join the fun! Award winning children’s author Mary Quattlebaum will guide a discussion on plot, character, audience, and voice as you explore stories for ages 2 to 8 (largely picture books and magazine stories). This workshop will be helpful for adults interested in writing for the children in their lives and/or for publication.

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