Imagination is the most valuable asset of the Writers’ Studio. As J.K. Rowling said, “We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” The Writers’ Studio teaches, inspires, and shares with our members, each of us growing stronger in the craft of writing and by “using our power to imagine better,” perhaps, changing the world around us.
The Writers’ Studio provides first-rate classes and instruction that enable writers to improve their skills or professional development. Our growth relies on gaining awareness and on practice. As we incorporate what we learn into the actual way we write, the quality of our work improves.
We have designed a curriculum around four types of offerings: Writing Essentials classes, an Author Series, a Production Series, and Roundtable Discussions.
Writing Essentials will be offered each month and include topics critical to mastering the craft or business of writing. Our instructors will meet individual writers where they are—as hobbyists, as-yet unpublished authors, or as professional writers. Upcoming Writing Essentials classes include Understanding Your Publishing Choices, Shaping Your Memoir, Suzanne Selfors’ Writing the Middle Grade Novel, and Writing Sports Columns: Express Yourself.
The Writers’ Studio at BARN will also present an Authors Series. For example, an exciting offering will be Advanced Fiction Writing, a class taught by Robert Dugoni, bestselling author of thriller novels, such as the Detective Tracy Crosswhite books.
In our Production Series, you can expect to complete a project during the class. Warren Read, writer, educator, and published author, will guide you through the development of The Short Story.
Writers’ Roundtables take place on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Each Roundtable features one or more speakers on an aspect of the craft or business of writing . A Q & A period and time to network with other writers follow each session. The Writers’ Studio presents Roundtables as a free gift to BARN members interested in the writing process or to those who want to get involved with the local writing community. Beginning with June’s Roundtable, non-members will pay a $5 fee. Register for May’s Roundtable, Perfecting Your Pitch, and June’s Roundtable, Nature Writing.
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