Below are the current workshop offerings for the 2023 Festival of Words. To learn more about the presenting authors, please click here. Don't forget to register for this year's festival!
Creating Believable Characters: Creative Writing for the Emerging Fiction Writer
Ever wonder how your favorite characters end up feeling like best friends? Join YA author duo E.S. Rosalynn as they show you the techniques they use to dream up believable characters. Explore fresh ways to enliven your character maps and play a fun game to hone your new skills. You’ll walk out of this workshop with tons of great ideas on how you can make your characters come to life in your next story.
Architecture and World Building
The Fantasy genre is a rich and symbolic genre. This workshop will focus on implementing maps, and history into the writing process. Drawing a simple map and giving names to places is never enough. Every castle/city/kingdom deserves a personality of its own. In this interactive workshop, you will create a map for a fantasy world.
Editing - So Necessary!
Come meet Jennia D’Lima. Jennia is passionate about everything writing. She is able to take a pre-published book and make it into a final product that is ready for sale. Learn how to edit with the best. The art of fine tuning is an important step in the publishing process. You will definitely learn something beyond capitals and periods!
Art teacher Jennifer Greer will teach you how to make your text visually pleasing. She will be instructing you on an artistic style called illuminated lettering. We will be using the technique of repousse to create an illuminated letter. This art form has been used throughout the ages and can be applied to fit a variety of occasions. From this hands-on workshop, you will take away an artistically drawn letter that may be used when publishing time comes. Get artsy and come have fun! The possibilities are endless.
Create a Ghost Story
Ever sat around with your friends and told stories just to scare each other? Maybe there’s one about a house in town that’s been abandoned for years. How does a house get haunted? And once it is...why do the ghosts remain? Who were they? Learn how to create a ghost story from buildings within your own town.
A Story is a Mystery, a Clue, and an Answer: Let's Do It!
Come meet David and find out how a mystery, its clues, and its hidden answer all work together to make a perfect tale! Talk about how to find these stories in the library, in the world, and in your own life. And learn how to tell this kind of tale yourself!
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