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JUNE 3, 2017
THE WRITING INTENSIVE AT ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE
Writers of all levels will learn new skills of the craft at the third annual Writing Intensive at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, Saturday, June 3rd from 9:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Attendees may choose from a menu of workshop options that address the needs of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction writers alike. Writers will enjoy a keynote address by acclaimed novelist (Mason’s Retreat) and University of Virginia Professor, Christopher Tilghman. Presenters include Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, David Willman, Professors James Hall of Washington College and Eric Puchner of Johns Hopkins University, novelists Christopher Scotton and Caroline Preston, and media specialist Sam Horn. Workshop options include “Writing the Poetic Truth: The Lyric Essay,” “Create the Perfect Title, Tagline and Pitch for Your Book,” “From Novel to Graphic Novel: Exploring the Visual Narrative,” “The Elusive Feeling of Story-ness,” “Writing Characters that Root into a Reader’s Soul,” “Writing—and Righting—History’s Foundation,” and “Why Write?”
Conveniently located in Mellon Hall on the historic St. John’s College campus, the day includes breakfast, lunch accompanied by a Question and Answer Form, afternoon coffee, all-day book sales and a social and networking wine reception in the Mellon Café garden.
The third annual Writing Intensive at St. John’s College is created and facilitated by award-winning writers and workshop instructors Laura Oliver and Lynn Auld Schwartz. Fee: $175.
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APRIL 29, 2017 WRITING: A POWER TOOL FOR CHANGE
An interactive workshop 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Chesapeake Life Center on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus at 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Maryland.
Oliver will introduce a number of journaling methods that might appeal to grieving adults more than the traditional “write down what’s in your head” technique. By exploring the power of story and words, participants can learn to express the chapter of loss that has been written into their lives while writing a new chapter envisioning hope and well-being.
“Words are so powerful,” Oliver said. “Words change your thoughts. Thoughts change your feelings.”
The workshop is open to the community and does not require any writing skill. “Only an open spirit,” Oliver said. Participants can share their stories or they can write privately. It is up to each individual.
Author of “The Story Within,” Oliver’s short stories and essays have appeared in numerous regional and national publications. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and literature from Bennington College and teaches writing workshops at St. John’s College. Learn more about Oliver at www.thestorywithin.com.
The workshop is open to adults ages 18 and older. The cost is $25, which includes a copy of “The Story Within.” Registration is required and can be completed by calling 888-501-7077.
Contact: Elyzabeth Marcussen,
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What people say...
“Packed with new ideas and deeply engaging, The Story Within inspires, instructs and entertains. Laura Oliver is an immensely talented writer, teacher and storyteller. This book is fun to read and will make you a better writer.”
--Jon Franklin, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
I envy Oliver's students, who must thrive under her understanding and enthusiasm. I happened to pick up The Story Within during a week when I was in a foul mood about writing in general, and by the time I was halfway through, to my amazement, Oliver had made me want to sit down and get back to work.”
--Cynthia Gorney, Graduate School of Journalism, U.C. Berkeley Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic Magazine