Writing Workshops

Workshops

Time Travels: A Fiction Workshop on the Clock with Matthew Pitt

Thu., Oct. 26, 3:00pm
Fayetteville Public Library
Time is constant in practice—though not in perception. Parents can’t pause their child’s fleeting youth, just as store customers can’t fast-forward a frustratingly long checkout line. Methods to manipulate time, however, are fully at our artistic disposal as fiction writers. Stopping or speeding the clock can make for richer narratives, and a sharper sense of characters. This workshop will shine light on exercises and techniques available to advance, compress, divide and retreat the seasons and seconds to a story’s advantage, so both writer and reader are more likely to view the final product as time well spent.

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Pitch Like a Pro to the Pros with Marilyn Collins

Fri., Oct. 27, 10:00am
Fayetteville Public Library

Writing conferences offer rare opportunities for writers to “pitch” their story ideas to agents and to publishers who actually represent or purchase your work. There is no set formula for success. But by doing your homework in advance, you can present a skilled and engaging presentation. It’s good to always follow up even to a negative response. Join this fun and interactive workshop to learn the steps needed to select professionals who may be most interested in your work, develop a presentation unique to you and your ideas, and avoid mistakes that may weaken your chances for success. We’ll also explore other ways to better market yourself/market your book during the vital face time available at conferences.


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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Rhyme Writing Workshop (Age 7 - 12)

Fri., Oct. 27, 11:00am
Fayetteville Public Library
With almost 20 years of writing raps, hooks, and songs and performing on stages internationally, 23 Skidoo is an expert in the craft of hip hop. A natural with kids of all ages, he enjoys sharing his understanding and helping them create songs that are fun, inspired and completely original. Workshops explore ways to use hip hop to express yourself, how to find out what you care about, and how to make it rhyme! 23 Skidoo uses popular songs to explain the different kinds of rhymes such as internal rhymes, multi-syllabic rhymes, and near or “slant” rhymes. Flow, syllables, and line structure are also a part of the lesson and by the end, each child has written their own rap or song. 23 Skidoo also demonstrates microphone technique and stage presence, so each child will not only write but also perform their piece! This workshop will be structured towards kids aged 7-12 and will last 2.5 hours.

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Rhyme Writing Workshop (For Teens)

Fri., Oct. 27, 2:30pm
Fayetteville Public Library
With almost 20 years of writing raps, hooks, and songs and performing on stages internationally, 23 Skidoo is an expert in the craft of hip hop. A natural with kids of all ages, he enjoys sharing his understanding and helping them create songs that are fun, inspired and completely original. Workshops explore ways to use hip hop to express yourself, how to find out what you care about, and how to make it rhyme! 23 Skidoo uses popular songs to explain the different kinds of rhymes such as internal rhymes, multi-syllabic rhymes, and near or “slant” rhymes. Flow, syllables, and line structure are also a part of the lesson and by the end, each child has written their own rap or song. 23 Skidoo also demonstrates microphone technique and stage presence, so each child will not only write but also perform their piece! This workshop will be structured towards kids aged 13+  and will last 2.5 hours.

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Students Write Rap: Learn to inspire student writing with Rapper 23 Skidoo

Sat., Oct. 28, 10:00am
Fayetteville Public Library
Hip hop is an art form that embraces the empowerment of the truly authentic first person narrative. With almost 20 years of writing raps, hooks, and songs and performing on stages internationally, 23 Skidoo is an expert in the craft. In this 2-hour workshop learn how to use rap to foster student expression through rhyme while paying attention to flow, syllables, and line structure. Gain an understanding of microphone technique and learn to coach student stage presence. Learn to use rap to help your students speak their minds, shine their souls and express their very own awesomeness!

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It Has To Be True – Writing Nonfiction with J. B. Hogan

Sat., Oct. 28, 1:00pm
Fayetteville Public Library

“It Has To Be True – Writing Nonfiction” is meant for newcomers to nonfiction writing but intermediate level writers may find it useful as well. The class covers several types of nonfiction writing including local history, memoir, and creative nonfiction, but the core of the class is the deconstruction of three examples of writing by the instructor. Using an article and two types of books, we will look at how each went from initial idea to completed work.

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Writing for Community Betterment with Misty Murphy

Sat., Oct. 28, 2:00pm
Fayetteville Public Library

The power of the pen has shaped centuries of public thought and action. As the pen morphed into the keyboard, an increased and more easily accessible audience has made writing an even more powerful medium through which to inspire change and engagement in our communities. Constant connection makes it more important than ever to use the power of the pen for good.


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Secret Agent Skidoo Rhyme Writing Workshop (Age 7+)

Sat., Oct. 28, 2:00pm
Fayetteville Public Library
With almost 20 years of writing raps, hooks, and songs and performing on stages internationally, 23 Skidoo is an expert in the craft of hip hop. A natural with kids of all ages, he enjoys sharing his understanding and helping them create songs that are fun, inspired and completely original. Workshops explore ways to use hip hop to express yourself, how to find out what you care about, and how to make it rhyme! 23 Skidoo uses popular songs to explain the different kinds of rhymes such as internal rhymes, multi-syllabic rhymes, and near or “slant” rhymes. Flow, syllables, and line structure are also a part of the lesson and by the end, each child has written their own rap or song. 23 Skidoo also demonstrates microphone technique and stage presence, so each child will not only write but also perform their piece! This workshop will be structured towards kids aged 7+  and will last 2.5 hours.
Registration is required.

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