Writers' guild offers full slate of fall workshops starting Sept. 10
This fall, the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild is offering classes in everything from poetry workshops, to grammar designed especially for writers, to self-publishing workshops. Classes run from five to eight sessions and are each limited to eight participants. This ensures plenty of attention paid to each participant's own writing. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The RBWG has two memoir classes still available.
Memoir 101 will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 18 to Nov. 13 (no class Sept. 25) at CAMP Rehoboth. This class will help get the memoir out of participants’ heads and onto the page and will have participants learning how to organize, write, edit, enhance and bring their memoirs to life. RBWG members pay $320, nonmembers $360.
Penning your Memoir will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 18 to Nov. 13 (no class Sept. 25). This more advanced class features discussions of memoir styles, scandals and strategies, but mostly hands-on memoir creation and critiquing. This is a class for writers currently working on a memoir, those who have personal essays that could become memoirs, and others who use nonfiction for storytelling. RBWG members pay $320, nonmembers $360.
The RBWG is also offering two fiction-writing classes.
Writing Your Novel takes place 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 10 through Nov. 12 with no class Oct. 8, Columbus Day. The class will be held at a Rehoboth location to be determined. For all writers, including beginners, this will be an intense, hands-on class, taught by award-winning published novelist Maribeth Fischer. Cost for RBWG members is $320, nonmembers $360.
Writing the Short Story, taught by Sarah Barnett, is a seven-week class from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 3 through Nov. 21, at Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. This workshop is for people who want to write short stories, people who start stories and get stuck somewhere around page 5, and people who may never have written a short story before. Participants, guided by Barnett, will use "Ron Carlson Writes a Story" by Ron Carlson as a guide. Participants will all start their stories with the same opening line, developing them week by week with plenty of in-class writing, and finish by the last class. Cost for RBWG members is $175, nonmembers $210.
Experiments in Poetry II will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 17 through Oct. 29 (no class Oct. 1) at Browseabout Books. Taught by award-winning published poet Gail Comorat, this is not a class exclusive to people who want to write poetry. Experiments in Poetry I is not a prerequisite. Many of the techniques and experiments will be useful in fiction writing, essays and memoirs. In this class, participants will experiment by taking on exercises that give them a chance to write outside their comfort zone. Cost for RBWG members is $240, nonmembers $270.
Techniques in Creative Writing for poets and fiction or nonfiction writers comes 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 22 through Nov. 17 (no class during Sea Witch Oct. 27) at the Cultured Pearl on Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. Taught by Maribeth Fischer, this hands-on class will encourage writers at all levels to revisit and hone their skills in crucial creative writing techniques. Each week, participants will study examples and experiment in their own work with another aspect of good writing. Cost for RBWG members is $320, nonmembers $360.
Grammar Workshop For Writers will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 11 through Oct. 2 at Browseabout Books. Teacher Bonnie Walker, the author of four best-selling language arts books, will work with participants to examine the specific ways that knowledge of English grammar can improve their creative work. Each week, participants will discuss a different aspect of language, using samples from familiar work as examples. Participants are invited to bring samples of their own writing, including poetry, for analysis to any session. Cost for RBWG members is $80, nonmembers $100.
RBWG is offering two classes in publishing, both taught by Steve Robison, founder of Red Sky Websites, a Lewes-based internet marketing company.
Publishing your e-book will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 15 through Oct. 13 in Nassau Commons. This five-week course will introduce e-book publishing options, then demonstrate the steps in preparing and formatting a manuscript, creating a cover, and self-publishing on the Amazon Kindle platform. Prerequisites are a finished (or nearly finished) work to publish, basic computer skills (using a mouse, basic typing and basic knowledge of Microsoft Word) and an open mind. At the end of the class, participants will have an e-book available for sale on Amazon.com. (Typically, there are no costs associated with this method of self-publishing.) Cost is $200 for RBWG members, $225 for nonmembers
Publish Your Paperback, a practical path through print-on-demand publishing, will take place from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 15 through Oct. 20 at Nassau Commons. Robison will show writers how to publish their own books effectively and inexpensively and walk writers through the process of preparing their manuscripts designing covers, typesetting and interior layout, which includes creating a table of contents; establishing an account with a print-on-demand vendor (CreateSpace); and publishing a book. Prerequisites are a finished (or nearly finished) work to publish, basic computer skills (using a mouse, basic typing, and basic knowledge of Microsoft Word) and an open mind. At the end of the class, participants will have a book available for sale on Amazon.com and other booksellers. (Additional self-publishing costs for the writer are typically under $50). Cost is $200 for RBWG members, $225 for nonmembers.
To register for a class or for more information on a specific class or instructor, email firstname.lastname@example.org. RBWG is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association dedicated to fostering the literary arts in southern coastal Delaware. Its programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.