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PLEASE NOTE: Workshops are in Central time. All sessions are recorded and available to view for the week following the session; links to the recordings are e-mailed to all registrants. It's not necessary to notify us if you wish to change your  attendance to either REMOTE or ONSITE; all registrants receive both the link to the session and the link to the recording.


Upcoming events

    • June 20, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • REMOTE
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    Peter Hoppock returns to kick off the summer series with a discussion of Claire Keegan’s wonderful short story, So Late in the Day, which first appeared in the New Yorker (February 2022).

    Of Keegan, the masterful George Saunders has written: “Simply put, Claire Keegan is one of the greatest fiction writers in the world.” Her entire body of work is about the relationships between men and women. She has a gift for poking at the underlying strengths and weaknesses of her characters.

    So Late in the Day charts the unravelling of the relationship between Cathal—an unremarkable office worker—and his fiancée, Sabine, an equally unremarkable Frenchwoman. Their love for one another collapses during the course of an unremarkable Friday—the day before they are to be married. It could be said that the entire story takes place in a kind of “conflict cauldron,” where tension builds inexorably to the very end—indeed, to the very last sentence. Plot? Hardly. Inciting incident? Hmmmm. Rising action? Sort of. Conflict? Not in the way we expect. Resolution? Sometimes. Sometimes not.

    “And that is what we are going to discuss,” says Hoppock. “How does this story even work? What is Claire Keegan doing to/with us in her stories, and how does she do it? We’ll examine the above craft elements—and more—in what I expect will be a lively discussion full of passionate —and conflicting—opinions.”

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    Peter Hoppockan OCWW Board Member has published numerous short stories and novellas in a variety of literary magazines, both online and print, including Adelaide, Curbside Splendor, The Write Launch, Dillydoun Review, and more. He has co-edited two anthologies of short stories and creative non-fiction for OCWW, published by Windy City Press: "Turning Points" (2021, and "Meaningful Conflicts" (2023). Most recently, his short story “Blues For Rashid” was selected by Palasatrium: substack.shortstory for their June 2023 publication.

    HOSTED BY: Anna daSilva

    • July 18, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • REMOTE
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    Join Adrianne Hayward in exploring the unconventional story structure and unique narrative style of James Baldwin’s seminal novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and the relatively simple structure of his personal essay, “My Dungeon Shook,” from The Fire Next Time.

    Coming-of-age meets mid-life crises in Baldwin’s semi-autobiographical 1954 novel, which deftly examines themes of race, religion and family dynamics through the rule-bending lens of multiple points of view. Growing up in Harlem, young John struggles under the weight of the Grimes family’s expectation that he will grow up to be a preacher, while the adults around him wrestle with the realization that the “better life” they sought when they migrated from the South remains beyond reach. Baldwin’s storytelling prompted one reviewer to proclaim him a literary time-traveler, cramming the lives of four people – John, his mother, stepfather and aunt – into a two-day timeframe. Another critic describes the novelist’s complex narrative style as “jazz.”

    In contrast, Baldwin takes a straightforward narrative approach to “My Dungeon Shook.” He uses the centennial anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation as impetus for this epistolary essay, a tender and sentimental sharing of worldly wisdom, addressed to his namesake nephew.

    Hayward is eager to share her fascination with Baldwin, an award-winning expatriate novelist, essayist, playwright, scholar and civil rights activist.

    “There’s so much to be gained from studying Baldwin’s rhythmic prose and innovative technique; I can’t wait to discuss both his mastery and defiance of craft. The mere prospect of sharing the joy of discovery with our Summer Session participants is exciting.”

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    Adrianne Hayward, a career journalist and corporate communications professional is now a budding novelist. She wrote a chapter for the collaborative novel, A Reason to Be Here, and her short story, The Marriage Bed, was published in OCWW’s Turning Points. 


    HOSTED BY: Paula Mikrut

    • August 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • REMOTE
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    In times of protest, struggles, and pain, we are often drawn to write about our experiences. But many are uneasy sharing these uncomfortable pronouncements.

    In her book, Intimations, a collection of six essays written during the pandemic lockdown, Zadie Smith does just that.

    Tonya Coats will lead workshop participants in an examination of two of those essays, Peonies, and Intimations. We will explore how Zadie Smith writes beautifully as an observer, an interloper, but doesn’t make us feel overwhelmed by her opinions – even though her opinions are present. We will delve into these poignant essays and piece out the ideas that she uses to build her work.

    Whether you are a seasoned writer or a beginner, this workshop promises to be a safe and supportive space to explore your craft.

    Zadie Smith is the daughter of a Jamaican mother and British father, born in England. She is known for her treatment of race, religion, and cultural identity and for her novels’ eccentric characters, savvy humor, and snappy dialogue. She gained the attention of the literary world with the publication of her first novel, White Teeth, in 2000. Since then she has published four more novels, a collection of short stories and many essays. A winner of multiple literary awards, she is also a tenured professor at NYU.

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    Dr. Tonya CoatsOCWW's Hybrid Director is a native Chicagoan and semi-retired Family Physician. She has completed two novels available for publication that she is adapting to screenplays. Her poetry has placed 1 st in the Social Science category of the 2021 Poets & Patrons of Chicagoland contest.  She has placed essays in the New York Times, Riverteeth Journal and Memoir Magazine, to name a few.


    HOSTED BY: Sam Farler

Past events

May 30, 2024 Abby Geni - Writing the Short Story Collection
May 23, 2024 The Alchemy of Chemistry: How to Confidently Write a Romantic Thread
May 16, 2024 Michael Zapata - Choosing Your Realities: Narrative Distance and POV
May 09, 2024 Charles Baxter: Dramatic Interventions: The Request Moment
May 02, 2024 Mary Anne Mohanraj - The Writer’s Life: Structures that Support Your Writing and Publication
April 25, 2024 Christina Clancy - Radical Revision
April 18, 2024 Frances DePontes Peebles - Flashbacks that Propel a Story
April 11, 2024 Amanda Goldblatt - Writing the Now: Literary Response to the Current Moment
April 04, 2024 Dipika Mukherjee - Creating New Imagery from Old Memories: Writing about Journeys
March 28, 2024 Michelle Hoover - Discover Your Ending
March 21, 2024 Vu Tran - Is It What It Is?: The Bad and the Good In Cliché
March 14, 2024 Kathleen Rooney - Getting Graphic: Using Visual and Sequential Art Techniques to Revolutionize Your Writing
March 07, 2024 Steve Almond - How to Craft an Irresistible Narrator
February 29, 2024 Kate McKean - All About Literary Agents and Do You Need One?
February 22, 2024 Brian Turner - The Lyric Nature of Science
February 15, 2024 Mary Otis - More Than a Feeling: Emotion in Fiction
February 08, 2024 Suzanne Nugent - The Path to Production: Adapting Your Novel for Screen
February 01, 2024 Mary Robinette Kowal - Unlocking Story Structure Using the MICE Quotient
January 25, 2024 Denny Bryce - Writing Dual/Multiple Timelines
January 18, 2024 Jeannie Vanasco - Tuning the Telling in Memoir
January 11, 2024 Heather Sellers - How to Write What Scares You (Without Scaring Away Your Readers)
January 04, 2024 Nadine Kenney Johnstone - Micro-Memoir (Tiny True Stories)
December 21, 2023 Sandra Scofield - The Heart of Narrative: The Scene
December 14, 2023 Publishing Panel
December 07, 2023 Sarah Stern - Discovering Your Poem's True Intention: Inspiration and Revision
November 30, 2023 Juan Martinez - Dirty Tricks: Five Ways to Jumpstart Your Work
November 16, 2023 Lori Rader Day - Writing the White Whale
November 09, 2023 Kelly McMasters - Food and Memory
November 02, 2023 Diana Goetsch - ACTUALLY WRITING: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Practice
October 26, 2023 Goldie Goldbloom - The God Head: Generating and presenting rich worlds and characters.
October 19, 2023 Susanna Calkins - Red Herrings, Misdirection, and Other Ways to Deceive Your Readers
October 12, 2023 Julia Fine - Landscape and Worldbuilding
October 05, 2023 Rebecca Makkai - Can't Go Over It, Can't Go Under It
September 28, 2023 Dana Kaye - Growing an Engaged Community of Readers
September 21, 2023 Fred Shafer - Reading Like a Reader (Session 3 of 3)
September 14, 2023 Fred Shafer - Reading Like a Reader (Session 2 of 3)
September 07, 2023 Fred Shafer - Reading Like a Reader (Session 1 of 3)
August 17, 2023 Paula Mikrut - A Discussion on Stray Dandelions: Decline/Accept
July 20, 2023 Tonya Coats - Maya Angelou Essay from Even the Stars Look Lonesome
June 22, 2023 Peter Hoppock - Points of View in Lauren Groff's Delicate Edible Birds
June 01, 2023 Kelly McMasters - The Landscape of the Personal
May 25, 2023 Abby Geni - The Science of Story
May 18, 2023 Jennifer Solheim - Let’s Make Trouble: Characters, Conscience
May 11, 2023 Joseph Scapellato - Narrative Density
May 04, 2023 Marcy Posner and Joanna McKenzie - Publishing Today: What’s working in today’s ever-changing publishing market
April 30, 2023 MEANINGFUL CONFLICTS~ LAUNCH PARTY
April 27, 2023 Rachel Swearingen - Cultivating Mystery and Delight in Fiction
April 20, 2023 Kathleen Rooney - Send in the Clowns: Using Humor to Deepen Emotional Impact
April 13, 2023 John McCarthy - Imagining and Intuitive Perception
March 30, 2023 Michael Zapata - Last Evenings on Earth: Writing Speculative Fiction
March 23, 2023 Joan Silber - Generosity in Fiction
March 16, 2023 Sandra Scofield - Aboutness
March 09, 2023 Brian Turner - Doorways into Surprise and Delight
March 02, 2023 Patricia Ann McNair - Alternate Endings: An exercise in discovery and letting go
February 23, 2023 Micah Fields - Writing vs. Typing: A craft talk on composition and artful prose
February 16, 2023 Karen Bender - How to Open a Story? Exploring Strategies
February 09, 2023 Editor Panel - Which literary magazines and journals are looking for your work?
February 02, 2023 Charles Baxter - We Were Strangers
January 26, 2023 Hollie Smurthwaite- The Art of Brainstorming
January 19, 2023 Robert Anthony Siegel - Exploring the Power of the Image through Haiku
January 12, 2023 Steve Almond - A Wrinkle in Time: How to Embrace Your Chronology and Tell the Story Straight
January 05, 2023 Taylor Byas - Making Room for Mess and Magic
December 15, 2022 Amy Butcher - The Single-Scene Narrative Essay: Standalone Powerhouse or Book-length Framework
December 01, 2022 Christina Clancy - Unputdownable! How to create and sustain momentum throughout your story, essay or novel
November 17, 2022 Kate Hannigan - So You've Got an Idea for a Kids’ Book, Now What? Getting your middle-grade novel out of your head and onto the page (Coffee and Conversation following at Peets)
November 10, 2022 Goldie Goldbloom - The Roles of Love and Pity in Opening a Story NOW ZOOM ONLY
November 03, 2022 Penny Sansevieri - Secrets of a Bestselling Amazon Book Page
October 27, 2022 Peter Orner - Indelible
October 20, 2022 Matt Bird - The Secrets of Character Now Zoom Only
October 13, 2022 Vu Tran - What Movies Can Teach Us As Writers
October 06, 2022 Rebecca Makkai - Interiority Complex
September 29, 2022 Fred Shafer - The Paragraph in Fiction Writing (Session 4 ONLY)
September 22, 2022 Fred Shafer - The Paragraph in Fiction Writing (Session 3 ONLY)
September 15, 2022 Fred Shafer - The Paragraph in Fiction Writing (Session 2 ONLY)
September 08, 2022 Fred Shafer - The Paragraph in Fiction Writing (Session 1 ONLY)
September 08, 2022 Fred Shafer 4-Pack - The Paragraph in Fiction Writing
August 11, 2022 Beth DeSchryver - A Discussion of H.H. Munro's The Open Window
July 14, 2022 Paula Mikrut - A Discussion on The Fourth State of Matter
June 26, 2022 OCWW 75th Anniversary Celebration
June 16, 2022 Peter Hoppock - The Enduring Resonance in Anton Chekhov's The Lady with the Dog
May 26, 2022 NO LONGER ONSITE - Vu Tran- To Be Or Not To Be Empathetic?
May 26, 2022 REMOTE: Vu Tran- To Be Or Not To Be Empathetic?
May 19, 2022 REMOTE: Rebecca Makkai-The Origins of the Original
May 19, 2022 NO LONGER ONSITE - Rebecca Makkai-The Origins of the Original
May 12, 2022 NO LONGER ONSITE - Jennifer Solheim-Narrative Perspective: From Character and Writer to Text and Reader
May 12, 2022 REMOTE: Jennifer Solheim-Narrative Perspective: From Character and Writer to Text and Reader
May 05, 2022 REMOTE: Kathleen Rooney-Traversing the Space Between Revision and Publication: Preparing Your Work for Submission Across Genres
May 05, 2022 ONSITE - Kathleen Rooney-Traversing the Space Between Revision and Publication: Preparing Your Work for Submission Across Genres
April 28, 2022 Zoom Only-Micah Fields- The Postcard: An Introduction to Writing Masterfully Short Essays and Short Fiction.
April 22, 2022 LAST CHANCE RECORDING OF Goldie Goldbloom- Writers Blocks and Techniques for Bypassing Them
April 21, 2022 NO LONGER ONSITE -Goldie Goldbloom- Writers Blocks and Techniques for Bypassing Them
April 21, 2022 REMOTE: Goldie Goldbloom- Writers Blocks and Techniques for Bypassing Them
April 14, 2022 REMOTE: Abby Geni- The Elements of Story
April 14, 2022 ONSITE: Abby Geni- The Elements of Story
April 07, 2022 ONSITE - Rick Kaempfer and David Stern-The Mysterious World of Hybrid Publishing
April 07, 2022 REMOTE: Rick Kaempfer and David Stern-The Mysterious World of Hybrid Publishing
March 31, 2022 REMOTE: Frances De Pontes Peebles- Time in Fiction
March 31, 2022 ONSITE - Frances De Pontes Peebles- Time in Fiction
March 24, 2022 ONSITE - John McCarthy- Image and Emotional Information
March 24, 2022 REMOTE: John McCarthy- Image and Emotional Information
March 17, 2022 ONSITE - Emily Gray Tedrowe- Crafting Strong Dialogue
March 17, 2022 REMOTE: Emily Gray Tedrowe- Crafting Strong Dialogue
March 10, 2022 REMOTE: Megan Stielstra- The Body Intervenes: Creative Nonfiction and the Body
March 10, 2022 No Longer ONSITE - Megan Stielstra- The Body Intervenes: Creative Nonfiction and the Body
March 03, 2022 Caitlin Horrocks: Shell Games,with Jennifer Egan Joining for Q and A After the Break
February 24, 2022 Jane Satterfield and Ned Balbo- Ekphrastic Poetry
February 17, 2022 REMOTE only: Joseph Scapellato -My Novel Is Falling Apart! Practical Strategies for Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
February 17, 2022 No Longer ONSITE - Joseph Scapellato-My Novel Is Falling Apart! Practical Strategies for Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
February 10, 2022 REMOTE: Christina Clancy- The First Twenty Pages: How to Wow an Agent or Editor with a Strong Beginning.
February 10, 2022 REMOTE: Abby Geni- The Elements of Story Cancelled, Christina Clancy will be the speaker.
February 03, 2022 REMOTE: Michael Zapata- The Reality-Inventing Power of Structure
January 27, 2022 REMOTE: Audrey Niffenegger- Imaginary Friends: Building Relationships Between Fictional Characters
January 20, 2022 REMOTE: Jay Bonansinga- The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Writers
January 13, 2022 REMOTE ONLY: Mary Ruth Clarke - High Drama Scene Contest (Turn the Page Series, Session #3)
January 06, 2022 REMOTE ONLY: Ian Belknap - Prospector of the Past: Unearthing the Gold in Your Lived Experience
December 16, 2021 ONSITE - Leonard Rubin- Defaming, Ridiculing, Disparaging: How Far Can a Writer Legally Go?
December 16, 2021 Remote - Leonard Rubin- Defaming, Ridiculing, Disparaging: How Far Can a Writer Legally Go?
December 09, 2021 Alice B. Mc Ginty-The Psychological Connection: Emotional Power in Writing
December 02, 2021 Heather Sellers- The Art of Reflection
November 18, 2021 Christine Sneed- "Let's Make a Scene" (Turn the Page Session #2)
November 11, 2021 Susan Scarf Merrell-The Outline Tells You Everything
November 04, 2021 Denny S. Bryce-2021 Book Marketing: Online All-The-Time or What?
October 28, 2021 Charles Baxter-Captain Happen: Some Notes on Narrative Urgency (Turn the Page session #1)
October 21, 2021 Samantha MacLeod-Writing Sex Scenes You’ll Respect in the Morning
October 14, 2021 Taylor Byas-The Pantoum and the Sonnet
October 07, 2021 Kristin A. Oakley- Creating Unforgettable Characters
September 30, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction Session Four
September 23, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction Session Three
September 09, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction Session Two
September 02, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction $35 Four Pack Value
September 02, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction Session One
August 12, 2021 Thomas Tepper: Learning from "A White Heron"by Sarah Orne Jewett
June 17, 2021 Peter Hoppock:What Makes Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” So Good?
June 03, 2021 Elizabeth Wetmore: Setting and Place
May 27, 2021 Rebecca Makkai - You Talkin’ to Me? The 'Ear' of the Story
May 20, 2021 Jennifer Solheim - Getting from Abstract to Concrete in Fiction (or, How to Make the Political Personal)
May 13, 2021 Zachary Martin - The Paths to Publication
May 06, 2021 Caitlin Horrocks: Confessions! With Christina Baker Kline in 2nd Half Q/A
April 29, 2021 Dean Bakopoulos - The Reason Life is So Strange: Some Thoughts on Options
April 22, 2021 Vu Tran: From Premise to Promise
April 15, 2021 Natalie Bakopoulos - The I Who Writes and the I on the Page: Strategies in First-Person Narration
April 08, 2021 Esther Hershenhorn - The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same! Writing and Publishing Children’s Books Today
April 01, 2021 Kathleen Rooney - A Flash in the Pan: Getting Started on Short-Short Fiction and Nonfiction
March 25, 2021 Rachel Swearingen - Move Me: Strategies for Getting Unstuck and Energizing Your Prose
March 11, 2021 Ian Belknap: Freshening Language
March 10, 2021 Abby Geni- The Element of Story
March 04, 2021 Kimmery Martin: Building a Writer’s Platform
February 25, 2021 John McCarthy - Mess Up Your Sentences (Correctly): Writing Imaginative, Emotive, and Engaging Syntax
February 18, 2021 Nadine Kenney Johnstone: Mining Your Memories
February 11, 2021 Chen Chen: Elegy in a Time of Pandemic
February 04, 2021 Agent-Editor Panel: Publishing from Both Sides
January 28, 2021 Mary Ruth Clarke - Back by Popular Demand: The Compelling Scene Contest
January 21, 2021 Patricia McNair: Ordinary Moments, Extraordinary Content
January 14, 2021 Libby Fischer Hellman: Building Suspense
January 07, 2021 Matthew Bird - Believe, Care, Invest
December 17, 2020 Ignatius Valentine Aloysius - Digging Deep into Revision
December 03, 2020 Brian Turner - Writing the Impossible: Navigating Love & Loss in Language
November 19, 2020 Jane Huffman: Poetry for Prose Writers
November 12, 2020 Charles Baxter: Wonderlands in Fiction
November 05, 2020 Keetje Kuipers - Outsiders Writing the Outside
October 29, 2020 Goldie Goldbloom - Conveying Emotion and Mood: The Music and Rhythm Of Sentences
October 22, 2020 Megan Stielstra - Sprung from Necessity: On Urgency and the Personal Essay
October 15, 2020 Joseph Scapellato - When What They Want Is Not Enough: Alternative Approaches to Character
October 08, 2020 Christina Clancy: Creating Characters Who Step Off the Page
October 01, 2020 Marcelo Hernandez Castillo - Poetry of Abundance: Exploring the Contemporary Long Poem
September 24, 2020 Fred Shafer - The Experiments the Reader Doesn’t See ( Session 4)
September 24, 2020 Fred Shafer - The Experiments the Reader Doesn’t See (4 Pack)
September 17, 2020 Fred Shafer - The Experiments the Reader Doesn’t See ( Session 3)
September 10, 2020 Fred Shafer - The Experiments the Reader Doesn’t See ( Session 2)
September 03, 2020 Fred Shafer - The Experiments the Reader Doesn’t See ( Session 1)
August 20, 2020 OCWW's Summer Series Program
May 28, 2020 Abby Geni - First Chapter-Remote Session
May 21, 2020 Amy Hassinger - Voice: The Solo Symphony- Remote Session
May 14, 2020 Just Added: Ellen Bass - From Detail to Discovery
May 07, 2020 Joanna Mackenzie/Marcy Posner - Finding Your Agent 101- Remote Session
April 30, 2020 Jane Hertenstein - The Memoir/Fiction Hybrid: Writing that Doesn’t Fit a Category- Remote Session
April 23, 2020 Brian Turner: 10 Tools from the Writer's Rucksack
April 16, 2020 Jennifer Solheim - Sounds and Silences Remote Session
April 02, 2020 Ben Hoffman - Strangeness and Originality -Special Remote Evening Session
March 26, 2020 Mark Belden-Writing From Abundance Remote Session
March 19, 2020 Abby Saul - What You Should Know About Genre and Comparative Titles( Remote Session)
March 12, 2020 Frances de Pontes Peebles - The 23rd Draft: The Art and Logic of Revision
March 05, 2020 Ines Bellina - Social Media for Your Writing Life
February 27, 2020 Rachel Jamison Webster - The Inner Argument
February 20, 2020 John McCarthy - Transcending the Narrative: reimagining how we write emotions in poetry and prose
February 13, 2020 Kate Hannigan - Tapping Your Inner Ten-Year-Old: Writing Fiction and Nonfiction for Young Readers
February 06, 2020 Sophie Lucido Johnson - It's Kind of Funny, Actually: The Basics of Humor Writing
January 30, 2020 Mary Ruth Clarke - The Scene's The Thing: Compelling Scene Workshop and Contest
January 23, 2020 Stuart Dybek- Poetry for Fiction Writers: What Fiction Writers Can Learn from Poems
January 16, 2020 Eric Rampson - Give as Good as You Get: The Workshop Workshop
January 09, 2020 Eileen Favorite - Writing the Novel Synopsis
January 02, 2020 Goldie Goldbloom - The Poetics of Place: Making Landscape Essential to Fiction (rather than a boring digression)
December 19, 2019 Rebecca Makkai - Researching Into the Void
December 12, 2019 David Berner - Don’t Think; Just Write: How to Stop Overanalyzing and Simply Tell a Good Story
December 05, 2019 Patricia McNair - In Love and Kissing in the Dark: A Short Story Workshop
November 21, 2019 Nadine Kenney Johnstone - Write Your Truth
November 14, 2019 Will Boast - Play It Another Way: Experimenting with Tone
November 07, 2019 Zoe Zolbrod - Deeper than the Sum of its Parts -SPECIAL OFF-SITE EVENING SESSION
October 31, 2019 Sara Connell - Every Story is a Ghost Story
October 24, 2019 Vu Tran - What's In a Character
October 17, 2019 Randy Nichols - Find Yourself on the Write Side of the Law
October 10, 2019 Jac Jemc - The Unifying Power of Motif
October 03, 2019 Joe Scapellatto - Prose Poetics: Letting Your Sentences Sing
September 26, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - Session 4
September 19, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - Session 3
September 12, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - Session 2
September 05, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - 4 PACK
September 05, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - Session 1
May 30, 2019 Abby Geni- Writing a Literary Thriller
May 23, 2019 Matthew Bird- Crafting Compelling Scenes and Meaningful Themes
May 16, 2019 Emily Clark Victorson, Andrea Hall, and Anna Michels- Meet the Editors
May 09, 2019 Michelle Fallkoff-Dialogue Tips for Young Adult and Adult Fiction
May 02, 2019 Sharon Darrow-Emotion and Revision: Finding the "Emotional Core" of Character in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
April 25, 2019 Jennifer Solheim-Want to Improve your Writing? Rx: Read Like a Writer
April 18, 2019 Jay Rehak- Publishing Cohort-Written Fiction: Putting it Together
April 11, 2019 Mary Anne Mohanraj- Writing the Taboo
April 04, 2019 Kelly McNees- Create Conflict that Propels your Plot
March 28, 2019 Eric Rampson-An Arc of Arcs or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Story Structure
March 21, 2019 Abby Saul and Tina Schwartz-The Agent Challenge
March 14, 2019 Joseph Scapellato-Finding Shape and “Stepping Up”: Practical Alternatives to Plotting Fiction
March 07, 2019 Mary Robinette Kowal - Conceptualizing the Modern Short Story
February 28, 2019 Rachel Swearingen - The Magic and Mechanics of Imagery
February 21, 2019 Jay Bonansinga - Storytelling Fundamentals for the Digital Era
February 14, 2019 John S. Green - Book Readings That Sell Your Book
February 07, 2019 Rebecca Makkai - We Need To Talk
January 24, 2019 Stuart Dybek- Closure
January 17, 2019 Richard Thomas - Writing Short Stories: The Art, The Structure, and Why You Should
January 10, 2019 Sara Connell - 21 Ways to Get Published
January 03, 2019 Jay Rehak -Team-Writing an Episodic Novel
December 27, 2018 Rebekah Frumkin - Writing Humor
December 20, 2018 Jane Hertenstein - Holiday Flash
December 13, 2018 Emily Tedrowe– Taking Character Development to the Next Level
December 06, 2018 Mary Ruth Clark - Writing Cinematic Scenes
November 29, 2018 Patricia McNair - Is it Hot in Here or Is It Just My Writing? How to Handle Sex on the Page
November 15, 2018 Steven Trumpeter - Radical Revision
November 08, 2018 Goldie Goldbloom - When All the World Was Green: the Deep Mystery of Gorgeous Fiction
November 01, 2018 Rebecca Johns - Diving Deep into Three Act Structure
October 25, 2018 Vu Tran - What Movies Can Teach Us As Writers
October 18, 2018 Kelly McNees - Muscle Up a Sagging Middle:How to Build and Sustain Page-Turning Momentum
October 11, 2018 Hannah Gamble - Resistance in Writing
October 04, 2018 Amanda Goldblatt - Associative Structures: Making Relationships & Resonance
September 27, 2018 Fred Shafer- The Music of Sentences #4
September 20, 2018 Fred Shafer- The Music of Sentences #3
September 13, 2018 Fred Shafer- The Music of Sentences #2
September 06, 2018 Fred Shafer- The Music of Sentences #1
September 06, 2018 Fred Shafer-The Music of Sentences 4 Pack 2018-2019 Members Only
May 31, 2018 Kelly McNees- Writing Great Endings
May 24, 2018 Keir Graff - Book Reviews and the Library Market
May 17, 2018 David W. Berner — Writing Great Beginnings
May 10, 2018 Sarah Terez Rosenblum - Writing Sex - Off-Site Evening Event
May 03, 2018 Jac Jemc — Haunting as Narrative Driver and Resonance Builder - Evening Event
April 26, 2018 Abby Saul & Tina P. Schwartz - Agent Hunting 101
April 19, 2018 Mary Anne Mohanraj - Writing Complex Identities
April 12, 2018 Barbara Barnett and Richard Davidson - The Path to Publishing Success
April 05, 2018 Amy Hassinger - What is Creative Non-Fiction and Why is it the Next Big Thing in Your Writing Life?
March 29, 2018 Abby Geni - Making Revision Manageable
March 22, 2018 Peter Ferry - Never Give Up: The Writing, Resting, Shopping, Despairing, Evolution and Redemption of a Short Story
March 15, 2018 Matt Bird - Writing for Strangers
March 08, 2018 Susanna Calkins - Bringing in Research While Telling a Compelling Tale
March 01, 2018 Nadine Kenney Johnstone - Make Your Story Meaningful
February 22, 2018 Mary Ruth Clarke-Adapting Fiction for the Performing Arts: Is It a Play? TV Show? Movie?
February 15, 2018 Jay Bonansinga - Writing the Modern Page-Turner
February 08, 2018 Stuart Dybek - Rewriting Is Telling Yourself The Story Again and Again and Again
February 01, 2018 Natasha Tarpley - Writing For and About Children of Color
January 25, 2018 Goldie Goldbloom - Meet Your Conflicts Head On!
January 18, 2018 Hannah Gamble - "Moves" to Spice Up Your Writing: Using the Absurd to Convey Emotional Truths
January 11, 2018 Richard Thomas - What Editors Look for in Short Fiction: Key Elements Paired with Your Unique Voice
January 04, 2018 Amy Jo Cousins - Hot Romance on a Cold Winter Day
December 14, 2017 Jennifer Solheim - Shake Up your Thinking with the Tools of Oulipo: Generate New Work or Reenvision Character, Scene, Plot and More in Works-in Progress
December 07, 2017 Eric Rampson - Go Do The Voodoo That You Do So Well: Finding (and Using) the Fun in Your Writing
November 30, 2017 Zoe Zolbrod - Using Your Personal Life to Enrich Your Writing
November 16, 2017 Kelly McNees - Five Elements Essential to Snagging an Editor's Interest
November 09, 2017 Esther Hershenhorn - Children’s Book Writing Group 101: The WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW!
November 02, 2017 Rebecca Johns - Creating Characters- Off-Site Evening Event
October 26, 2017 Christine Sneed - The Writer's Voice
October 19, 2017 Jamie Freveletti - Tips from an International Best-Selling Author
October 12, 2017 Rebecca Makkai - I'm Stuck
October 05, 2017 Lori Rader-Day - Point of View, Your Story's Foundation
September 28, 2017 Fred Shafer 30th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon
September 28, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited Session 4
September 21, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited Session 3
September 14, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited Session 2
September 07, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited
September 07, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited Member 4 Pack
May 25, 2017 Rebecca Makkai - Making a Scene
May 18, 2017 Abby Geni - Setting & Description
May 11, 2017 Lori Rader Day - Using Mystery Tools for Any Story
May 04, 2017 Christine Sneed - Breaking Into the Literary Fiction Market
April 27, 2017 Ellen T. McKnight - Best of Both: Plot and Pace with Depth
April 20, 2017 Ellen T. McKnight - Best of Both: Depth and Artistry with Plot
April 13, 2017 Ellen Blum Barish - Identifying Your Writer’s Voice
April 06, 2017 Frances De Pontes Peebles - Keeping The Pace
March 30, 2017 Jamie Freveletti - Writing Action and Conflict
March 23, 2017 Mary Robinette Kowal - The Rest of the Cast
March 16, 2017 Abby Saul - Copy that Sells Your Book
March 09, 2017 Mare Swallow - Building Your Literary Community
March 02, 2017 Zoe Zolbrod - Strategies for Structuring Memoir and Long Narratives
February 23, 2017 Randy Richardson - The Art of Self-Promotion *SPECIAL EVENT*
February 16, 2017 Patricia McNair - The Writer's Road Trip
February 09, 2017 Rachel Harvith - Make Your Dialogue Work
February 02, 2017 Sarah Hammond - The Big Idea
January 26, 2017 Susanna Calkins - Critiquing and Being Critiqued
January 19, 2017 Shawn Shiflett - Building Characters From Real People
January 12, 2017 Christine Maul Rice - How to develop your unique voice on the page
January 05, 2017 Eric Rampson - Creating and Using Humor
December 15, 2016 Richard Thomas - Neo Noir and the Fiction of Darkness
December 08, 2016 Peter Ferry - Character Devolpment
December 01, 2016 Samantha Hoffman - The Art of Revision
November 17, 2016 Christine Sneed - Conflict in Genre v. Literary Fiction
November 10, 2016 Dana Kaye - Launch Your Own Publicity Campaign
November 03, 2016 Jennifer Day - Reading, Writing and the Value of Literary Criticism *SPECIAL EVENT*
October 27, 2016 Rebecca Johns - Structuring Your Novel *Special Event*
October 20, 2016 Jane Hertenstein - Flash Memoir
October 13, 2016 Jennifer Rupp - Book Readings That Sell Your Book
October 06, 2016 Rebecca Makkai - Build It Up
September 29, 2016 9/29 Fred Shafer - The Role of Questions in Fiction Writing
September 22, 2016 9/22 Fred Shafer - The Role of Questions in Fiction Writing
September 15, 2016 9/15 Fred Shafer - The Role of Questions in Fiction Writing
September 08, 2016 Fred Shafer - The Role of Questions in Fiction Writing
August 25, 2016 OCWW Summer Prompt Session
May 26, 2016 Rebecca Makkai — Ending It All
May 19, 2016 David Michael Kaplan — Revising Prose For Power and Punch
May 12, 2016 Stuart Dybek — How To Write Stories That Are Smarter Than You Are
May 05, 2016 James Sherman — Playwrighting
April 28, 2016 Neil Tesser — Seeing The Music
April 21, 2016 Kelly James-Enger—Six-Figure Freelancing
April 14, 2016 Scott Onak — Free Your Writing
April 07, 2016 Ellen T. McKnight—Orchestrating Tension
March 31, 2016 Andy Nathan—Blogging for Your Business
March 24, 2016 Tina Schwartz—Top Five Questions Writers Most Frequently Ask
March 17, 2016 Paul McComas—Stories in the Spotlight
March 10, 2016 Meade Palidofsky — Memoir Theatre
March 03, 2016 Jill Pollack — The Science of Stories
February 25, 2016 Wendy McClure — Craft & Revision
February 18, 2016 Richard Chwedyk—Why Science Fiction Matters
February 11, 2016 Scott Whitehair — Presentation Styles
February 04, 2016 Cheryl Besnjak - Copyright Law
January 28, 2016 Andy Nathan - Internet Marketing
January 14, 2016 Pitch to Your Peers
December 17, 2015 OCWW Holiday Party
December 10, 2015 Esther Hershenhorn: Writing for Children
December 03, 2015 Rick Watkins on Character: The True Essence of Story
November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving
November 19, 2015 Writing the Next Chapter
November 12, 2015 Allie Pleiter: Dynamic Dialogue
November 05, 2015 Jody Nye: Structuring Your Novel
October 29, 2015 Paul McComas: Beginning Hooks


PAST SEASON'S WORKSHOPS  
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June 01, 2023

Kelly McMasters - The Landscape of the Personal

May 25, 2023

Abby Geni - The Science of Story

May 18, 2023

Jennifer Solheim - Let’s Make Trouble: Characters, Conscience

May 11, 2023

Joseph Scapellato - Narrative Density

May 04, 2023

Marcy Posner and Joanna McKenzie - Publishing Today: What’s working in today’s market

April 27, 2023

Rachel Swearingen - Cultivating Mystery and Delight in Fiction

April 20, 2023

Kathleen Rooney - Send in the Clowns: Using Humor to Deepen Emotional Impact

April 13, 2023

John McCarthy - Imagining and Intuitive Perception

March 30, 2023

Michael Zapata - Last Evenings on Earth: Writing Speculative Fiction

March 23, 2023

Joan Silber - Generosity in Fiction

March 16, 2023

Sandra Scofield - Aboutness

March 09, 2023

Brian Turner - Doorways into Surprise and Delight

March 02, 2023

Patricia Ann McNair - Alternate Endings: An exercise in discovery and letting go

February 23, 2023

Micah Fields - Writing vs. Typing: A craft talk on composition and artful prose

February 16, 2023

Karen Bender - How to Open a Story? Exploring Strategies

February 09, 2023

Editor Panel - Which literary magazines and journals are looking for your work?

February 02, 2023

Charles Baxter - We Were Strangers

January 26, 2023

Hollie Smurthwaite - The Art of Brainstorming

January 19, 2023

Robert Anthony Siegel - Exploring the Power of the Image through Haiku

January 12, 2023

Steve Almond - A Wrinkle in Time: How to Embrace Your Chronology and Tell the Story Straight

January 05, 2023

Taylor Byas - Making Room for Mess and Magic

December 01, 2022

Christina Clancy - Unputdownable! How to create and sustain momentum    

November 17, 2022

Kate Hannigan - So You've Got an Idea for a Kids’ Book, Now What?   

November 10, 2022

Goldie Goldbloom - The Roles of Love and Pity in Opening a Story  

November 03, 2022

Penny Sansevieri - Secrets of a Bestselling Amazon Book Page

October 27, 2022

Peter Orner - Indelible 

October 20, 2022

Matt Bird - The Secrets of Character

October 13, 2022

Vu Tran - What Movies Can Teach Us As Writers

October 06, 2022

Rebecca Makkai - Interiority Complex

September, 2022

Fred Shafer - The Paragraph in Fiction Writing: 4 Sessions  


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