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August 2018

Saturday Night Write: Writing Despite Distractions with Special Guest Speaker Trakina Prevost

August 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Free

Trakina will talk to us about the challenges of writing with a day job, a toddler, or other distractions.  You're passionate about your writing.  You have a story you want to tell.  So how can you fit it in when you have a 9 to 5, children and other things pulling on your time?

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Book Signing at the Creekwalk Plano Barnes and Noble

August 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
B&N Plano — Creekwalk Village, 801 W 15th St, Ste E
Plano, TX 75075 United States
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Free

I will be signing copies of Free Chocolate from noon - 2.  Expect fun, chocolaty surprises. You can RSVP for the event over on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/214177919233613/  

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Seminar: Writing Vivid Side Characters

August 26 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Foundry Club, 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, Texas 75206
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$60

You know you need a spectacular protagonist, facing off against an equally strong antagonist.  But what about all your spear carriers, love interests, sidekicks, mentors and henchmen?  They don’t always get much page space, so how can you use what you do give them to make them memorable?  We will focus on creating captivating side characters that add to the plot and earn their space on the page. This interactive seminar, suitable for fiction writers, screenwriters and memoir writers, will…

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5 Session Class: Using Blogs, Shorts, and Social Media to Build Your Writing Career (Start Date)

August 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

Whether you traditionally or self-publish, the biggest challenge is often getting found by potential readers. Learn how to use smaller pieces to build credentials, promote visibility and show off a consistent author "brand." This will be a hands-on class in which students create postable content. We will discuss the pros and cons of different web/social platforms, including the rights to your own intellectual content involved.

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 1 (Start Date)

August 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

Have you always wanted to write a novel and don't know where to start? Or do you have a work in progress that needs help becoming a finished draft? This class starts with the basics -- character, plot, setting and theme to ensure that you are building a sound structure for your novel right from the beginning. Aspiring writers will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued each week.

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 4 (Start Date)

August 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

Are you ready to take your novel writing skills to the next level? It is often said that, “Story Is Character.”  In this course, you will learn how to design dynamic protagonists, villains, mentors and sidekicks, and love interests – and how to handle unlikable characters and antiheroes.  Aspiring writers will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued each week. Prerequisites are either Novel Writing: Level 1, Beginner’s Fiction or some experience with basic fiction writing techniques.  NOTE for Novel…

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September 2018

Free Chocolate Reading/Discussion at the Dallas Chocolate Festival

September 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
F.I.G. Dallas, 1807 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX United States
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$35

I will be doing a reading/discussion session at the Dallas Chocolate Festival. Check their programming list for specific room and time: http://dallaschocolate.org/dallas-chocolate-festival-main-event-2018/    

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Saturday Night Write Discussion: How NOT to Write Dialogue

September 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Free

Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events.   We've covered how to write dialogue in the past.  This time around we're going to…

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Seminar: Managing the Passage of Time on the Page

September 16 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Foundry Club, 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, Texas 75206
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$60

Some stories take place in a matter of days, or even hours.  Others are multi-generational epics.  And yet, both need to fit into the number of pages you get for a book manuscript or screenplay.  So how do you manage the progression of time?  We will focus on utilizing effective pacing techniques. This interactive seminar, suitable for fiction writers, screenwriters and memoir writers, will also offer answers to: How can chapter breaks function as time jumps? How can I handle…

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October 2018

5 Session Class: Creative Writing: Beginner’s Fiction (Start Date)

October 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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If you love to read and have always wanted to write, bring a pen or your laptop to this class. Students will learn how to create fiction that will resonate with readers and will take their first steps towards developing their own unique literary voice. Topics include: narration, characterization, dialogue, conflict, plot and style. You'll also learn the difference between literary and commercial fiction and find which one is right for you. Students will have the opportunity to have samples…

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