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Below is a list of our upcoming classes and workshops. To register, just complete the form on the Registration page, and we'll send you a confirmation with additional class and billing information.

You can also call us directly at 937-475-5177 to register.

Visit our
Contact Us page if you'd like for us to design a special program specific to you or your group's writing needs.

Spring 2020 Classes

Date

Class Description

 

ABOUT OUR ONLINE CLASSES:

 
Online classes will be conducted via Zoom. If you do not have a Zoom account yet, simply go to Zoom and register for a basic (FREE) account. Please note that you DO NOT have to pay for the ability to join a Zoom meeting. 

Please remember that you must have signed up for the Zoom account BEFORE you can join a class. If you've never used Zoom before, their website offers a free, easy video tutorial, and the ability to test your sound and video in advance.

Once you are registered, the instructor will email you the handout for the class and the Zoom invitation (the link to the meeting) the night before the class.  

Thursday--
 May 28
6:30-8:30pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

WRITING WORKOUT @ HOME--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Want a commitment-free dose of creative energy, encouragement, and spark? Word's Worth Writing Workouts are two hours of inexpensive, informal-tune-up-charge-your-engine writing exercises for writers of any genre and any level of experience. Someone recently told us these should be called "writing parties." Whatever you call them, you'll receive several original writing prompts and time to explore them. You'll get a mini-craft lesson, loads of tips, and the opportunity (totally voluntary!) to share your impromptu pieces. Turn off the inner critic, connect with fellow writers, and collect some inspiration to fuel your own writing time! 

REGISTER BY: WEDNESDAY. MAY 27, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $10 

Thursdays--
 June 4, 11, 18, 25
& July 2
6:30-8:00pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

FICTION JUMPSTART--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

For writers of any level of experience, this class is for writers seeking the inspiration (and nudge) to start a new project (or finally finish one!). Each week will focus on some aspect of the writing life (such as creating and defending a writing schedule, dealing with the inner critic, and defeating writer's block) as well as providing writing prompts and exercises to develop a character, the structure of a plot, and several story ideas. Writers can build the shape of a new story or work-in-progress, or simply practice craft. Light homework will keep you on track and accountable, and inspiration and prompts will be provided between class meetings.

REGISTER BY: WEDNESDAY. JUNE 3, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $175 

Tuesday--
 June 16
6:30-8:00pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

CRAFT A LA CARTE: POINT OF VIEW--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Point of View (POV), otherwise known as the narrating voice of your novel, is one of the first and most important decisions a writer makes when starting a new work. Whether to write in first person or third person--how do you decide on the POV for your novel? How do you know which style of narration is right for your story? This workshop is full of tips and exercises to help you examine the pros and cons of our POV choices and will examine how "who tells the story controls the story."  

REGISTER BY: MONDAY. JUNE 15, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $25 

Wednesday--
 June 17
1:00-3:00pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

WRITING WORKOUT FOR TEENS--Instructor: Christina Consolino

School's out for summer, and now's the time to get creative in your writing. Join us for this two-hour session that is guaranteed to exercise your creativity and help you pin down new avenues for how to generate story ideas. We'll provide writing prompts, a mini-craft lesson, writing tips, and the opportunity to share your work, if you're willing. It doesn't matter what genre you flock to-fiction, nonfiction, essay, graphic novel-you just might walk away with renewed enthusiasm for a current piece or a fantastic idea for a new one. Suggested ages: 12-18. 

REGISTER BY: Tuesday, June 16, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $10 

Mondays--
 June 22-July 20
6:30-8:30pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

WRITER'S WORKSHOP--Instructor: Christina Consolino

Have you finished some writing and feel ready for feedback? Join author Christina Consolino and other writers in a supportive and constructive environment designed to help you take your writing through the revision process. Participants are asked to have some completed work ready to exchange with others. These can be short stories or novel or memoir chapters. Your entire work does not need to be finished! Christina will train participants in how to discuss and give feedback, and will lead participants in workshopping each others’ writing. This class is limited to only 6 so that each participant has an opportunity to receive feedback on up to 20 pages of writing twice (that feedback will include thorough, written notes from Christina and from the other workshop members, as well as an in-depth, supportive discussion).

REGISTER BY: Sunday, June 21, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $175 

Tuesday--
 June 23
6:30-8:00pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

CRAFT A LA CARTE: PLOT--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

No matter how compelling your characters or how beautiful your language, you don't have a strong story if it doesn't have a structure. This class will review the parts of the plot, the key to giving (and keeping) a plot "shape," an overview of scene, as well as tips to building effective openings and evocative endings (and pitfalls to avoid with both).

REGISTER BY: MONDAY. JUNE 22, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $25 

Wednesday--
 June 24
6:30-8:30pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

WRITING WORKOUT @ HOME--Instructor: Christina Consolino

Want a commitment-free dose of creative energy, encouragement, and spark? Word's Worth Writing Workouts are two hours of inexpensive, informal-tune-up-charge-your-engine writing exercises for writers of any genre and any level of experience. Someone recently told us these should be called "writing parties." Whatever you call them, you'll receive several original writing prompts and time to explore them. You'll get a mini-craft lesson, loads of tips, and the opportunity (totally voluntary!) to share your impromptu pieces. Turn off the inner critic, connect with fellow writers, and collect some inspiration to fuel your own writing time! 

 REGISTER BY: TUESDAY. JUNE 23, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $10 

Tuesday--
 June 30
6:30-8:00pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

CRAFT A LA CARTE: VOICE--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Whether we’re writing in first person or third, it’s vital for our characters to have distinctive voices. Even if you’re writing with an omniscient narrator, eventually there will be dialogue and when your characters talk, they should sound like individual people. We’ll use this time to discuss what makes up a voice, look at examples of strong character voices in published work, and delve into exercises designed to help you create those individual voices in your own work.

REGISTER BY: MONDAY. JUNE 29, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $25 

Wednesday--
 July 22
6:30-8:00pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

EDIT YOUR OWN WORK 101--Instructor: Christina Consolino

Can you edit your own work? Yes. But no matter what type of writing you prefer--nonfiction, fiction, or technical--it's difficult to do because you read what you intended to write. This course will help you learn how to find the flaws in your own writing and what those common flaws might be. We'll talk about bigger picture issues (flow of the piece, transition sentences) as well as nit-picky items (commonly misspelled words, commas splices). Come find out what "The Three-Beer Paradox" is and learn how to avoid it.

REGISTER BY: TUESDAY. JULY 21, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $35 

Wednesday--
 July 29
6:30-8:00pm (EST)

ONLINE CLASS!

EMBRACE YOUR LITERARY MAMA--Instructor: Christina Consolino

The online magazine Literary Mama was founded to give mothers a voice. The journal celebrates "the physical, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual processes of becoming a mother through words and images that may be so stark it hurts." Finding that voice and the time to write, however, is a struggle that all mothers (and parents and caregivers) experience. Join one of the senior editors of Literary Mama, Christina Consolino, as she helps you piece together your unique story, whether that be an ode to the nurse who helped you through a natural delivery, a creative nonfiction piece that celebrates your neurodiverse child's talents, or a literary reflection essay on how your mother's group helped you realize your writing dream. You need not have a work-in-progress for this class! Only enthusiasm and the drive to hone your creativity.

REGISTER BY: TUESDAY. JULY 28, 5:00PM (EST)

PRICE: $35 

Tuesdays--
 
6:30-8:30pm (EST)

THE WRITER'S 12-STEP PROGRAM: WRITE YOUR NOVEL IN A YEAR--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

 
In 2017 Word’s Worth launched its inaugural Writer’s 12-Step Program: Write Your Novel Draft in a Year, and our third class began in September 2019. In this class a community of writers all endeavor to complete the first draft of a novel in one year’s time.
 
If you’ve ever tried National Novel Writing Month, this is the same idea, but this plan is a little more sustainable and doable with the rest of your life’s obligations. This community meets together on the second Tuesday of each month from September 2019 to August 2020. In between sessions you’ll generate new work, meet with break out “writing groups,” and be connected to a private internet group where you’ll receive a monthly “check-in” with instructor Katrina Kittle as well as receive motivational and accountability posts along the way.
 
Instead of simply saying, “By this time next year I’ll have my book done,” this program will give you a game plan, frequent deadlines, check points, craft lessons, and the collective creative energy of other kindred spirits attempting the same goal. This program is for any FICTION writer ready to truly commit to their work. Any genre of fiction is welcome. Memoir writers seeking this kind of community and accountability are welcome, but please understand that the instructional focus will be on the craft of fiction (but creative nonfiction writers use these same techniques) Each month will have a focus (although material will change based on the individual needs of group members). (Suggested ages 18 and up)

 

Third Trimester Package

May: Theme and Symbols

June: Openings and Closings

July: Readers and Revision--The Value of Objective Eyes

August: Celebration and Next Steps

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $55 each, or package of 4 for $200 

This series of classes is now closed. If you'd like to sign up for our 2020 Class, beginning in September, please visit our Registration Page. 

Writer's 12 Step Trimester 3, May-August, $200

Writer's 12 Step, May Class-Theme and Symbols, $55

Writer's 12 Step, June Class-Openings and Closings, $55

Writer's 12 Step, July Class-Readers and Revision--The Value of Objective Eyes, $55

Writer's 12 Step, August Class-Celebration and Next Steps, $55

Word's Worth Writing Connections * Phone: 937-475-5177 * Email: dmcg@wordsworthdayton.com *