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January 2019

Showing and Telling: Successfully Use Both Scene and Summary

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 6 tickets left

In this class, we will analyze effective examples of both scene and summary by successful writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Colum McCann, Mary Karr, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We will discuss the ways in which both showing and telling can strengthen our writing and improve specific scenes. Writers will see how mini-scenes can bring summaries to life, and how a few lines of summary can create tension and movement within and between scenes. Writers, both fiction and nonfiction, will leave…

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Blogging Universe Part 2: Selecting a Platform for Your Website and Blog

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 5 tickets left

For the writer who has—or needs—a website and blog, the writing is probably the easier part. The technology can be vexing, and there are so many choices—and so many strong opinions on the internet about these choices—that it’s hard to know what’s the right thing to do. In this class, we’ll make all the choices for websites and blogs plain (self-hosted vs. fully-hosted, WordPress vs. Tumblr vs. all the rest); we’ll examine the mechanics of writing and posting to a…

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Write Your Way Around the World: Travel Writing That Pays

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$90 – $110 8 tickets left

Travel writing is a job many people dream about. Now, learn how to make that dream come true! This class will help new writers learn how to develop ideas, approach editors, write articles and travel the world for free. In-class exercises and thoughtful critiques will help you hone your writing skills and get one step closer to getting published. Plan to bring a bag lunch so we can make the most of our time together. (Note: there will be a…

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Do Not Get Ripped Off! Tips for Self-Publishing

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$15 – $20 18 tickets left

Note: Rescheduled from January 15. There are a million “book services” companies out there that are after your money. Before you commit to spending $1295 for a service, know what you are getting yourself into. In this discussion, Charlotte-based indie author Rick Pryll shares his thoughts on how to avoid getting ripped off in a market that is uniquely setup to part you from your money in pursuit of your dream. Don’t let it become your nightmare. Covering such providers…

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February 2019

Terrance Hayes: Writing Workshop [Beautiful Truth Initiative]

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 Sold out

As part of Charlotte Lit's Beautiful Truth initiative, renowned poet Terrance Hayes will be here for two days of events. On Saturday, February 2 from 10 am-noon, Terrance will lead a workshop for writers and educators in the Charlotte Lit studio. Limited to 24 participants. Scholarship seats are available for students and others who need assistance with the cost. Please email us to request a scholarship. Terrance Hayes is the author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins, a finalist…

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Beyond Stereotypes: How to Create Diverse Characters with Dimension

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 8 tickets left

Many of us fear writing about people who are different from ourselves, afraid that it’s too hard or that, worse, we’ll get it “wrong,” but accepting the challenge can make us better writers (and more empathetic human beings). In this class, we’ll study the issues and techniques surrounding the crafting of fiction with strong, believable, diverse characters and engage in writing exercises that help us break out of our typical ways of portraying our fiction characters.

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C.R.E.A.T.E. Your Path: Developing Your Creative Process

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 6 tickets left

Creativity is not a mysterious muse-bestowed gift but a discipline that can be developed. You already know you’re creative. This workshop will introduce techniques and a process to help you predictably tap into and enlarge that creativity. To develop your creative process, we’ll explore: creativity myths and misunderstandings; discoveries in brain science; the importance of both play and mastery; the secret of the notebook; and techniques for capturing and refining our ideas and our writing.

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The Hills Are Alive: Landscape, Memory, and Mythic Imagination

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$15 – $20 19 tickets left

Have you ever wondered why visiting certain places or even viewing paintings of particular landscapes can leave you feeling energized and enthusiastic while others leave you feeling flat, claustrophobic, or depressed? In this session, mythologist Kathie Collins will present examples of the way different terrains influence the mythic imagination. From Homer’s Greece to the ice floes of the Inuit, we’ll look at the particular ways the art of a culture is stamped by and into the land from which it…

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Through the Voice of Another: Taking on the Persona Poem

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
$55 – $65 11 tickets left

In one sense, poets always take on a second self in the creation of a poem––a mask that allows them to intensely explore a particular aspect of their own experience. Sometimes, however, we choose to wear the mask of another person (an historical figure, movie star, or the girl next door) or an animal, god, or fantasy figure as a method for seeing and engaging with the world in a different way. In this class, we’ll read and discuss examples…

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Story Revision Workshop [Beautiful Truth Initiative]

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free

For participants of the "Writing and Sharing Our Stories" public workshops (held at library branches and other community locations in January): Revise and polish stories started during the workshop, with the goal of having a finished story that's ready to share with family and friends. (Some participants may also share these revised stories at Charlotte Lit's March 15 Public Reading and Celebration.) This workshop is held at Charlotte Lit. There is also a session being held at the Main Library, Dowd…

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The Heart of What Matters: Discovering the Joy and Promise of a Daily Journal Practice

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 10 tickets left

There’s no better method for self-discovery than the intentional practice of keeping a daily journal. Indeed, many of us don’t even know what’s in our hearts until we sit down with paper and pen to write. In this class, we’ll discuss myriad reasons and methods for recording our days, thoughts, dreams, hopes, insights, loves, losses, gratitudes, and miseries. We’ll also engage in a variety of writing prompts that allow us to see new possibilities for starting or enlivening our journal…

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Traveling Home, Again: Memoir’s Enlightening Path

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 10 tickets left

When we write a memoir, we move deeper into ourselves and farther down the road into our pasts where we inevitably run into the family members who have shared parts of the journey. In this class, we’ll use writing prompts and discussion to engage memories about our families of origin and to help us recall bits of family lore that reconnect us with our ancestors (both living and deceased). We’ll start by exploring any family material you’ve brought with you…

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Let the Image Speak: Visual Journaling for Writers (and Everyone!)

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$110 – $130 4 tickets left

Visual journals have become wildly popular as vehicles for discovering and expressing the aesthetic and feeling-toned aspects of our lives, expression that can be difficult for even the most gifted of writers. By using imagery instead of, or as an accompaniment to, more traditional journal techniques, we gain insight into the less verbal parts of ourselves and our experience––insight that can fuel new writing, and even more importantly, change the way we see the world. (Please Note: this session includes…

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March 2019

How to Write a Query Letter and Find an Agent: Strategies that Will Help You Get a Response

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 9 tickets left

A writer may spend years pouring heart and soul into a manuscript but become paralyzed when it’s time to seek publication. Is the book really ready? What is a query letter? How does this business even work? How can I find an agent? In this seminar, we’ll talk about the elements of a query letter, querying etiquette, and how to find agents to approach. Then we’ll talk about agents (Who are these people? Why are they even necessary?), your author…

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Story in Verse: Writing the Narrative Poem

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 9 tickets left

Whether a short ballad or a giant epic, a narrative poem tells a full story, employing character, setting, plot, and other prose fiction devices. In this class, we'll take a look at the specific craft of narrative poetry by reading classic and contemporary examples and, through prompts and exercises, begin writing some of our own.

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Writing Ourselves to Health and Wholeness

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until March 19, 2019

Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$110 – $130 11 tickets left

This experiential class will introduce a powerful practice called expressive writing, which is clinically proven to improve health, mood and wellbeing. In each of our three class meetings, we’ll engage in discussion and writing exercises that focus on improving health and help us to create habits that lead toward psychological-spiritual wholeness. We’ll continue these practices between classes, with the goal of writing expressively each day for 15-20 minutes. We’ll share our experience of writing––not the writing itself––and explore the barriers…

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The Soul of the Poem: Practicing the Art of Deep Listening

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 12 tickets left

A good poem can take your breath away; a great poem can wake you up and compel you to change your life. In this experiential class for readers and writers, we’ll practice the contemplative art of drinking in the life force of a poem. We’ll use multiple approaches, including dialogue, journaling, and meditation, to get to the heart of the poem—and ourselves. (New poems and exercises every season!)

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Humor Me: Introduction to the Humor-Writing Genre

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 5 tickets left

Serious writing doesn’t have to be seriously boring. In this class we’ll overview the humor genre, learn strategies for finding the funny in almost any situation, and practice writing our own humor pieces. When class is over, you’ll feel light enough to float down the stairs. If not, Tracy will carry you.

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Shapeshifting: Adapting the Novella for Screen

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$15 – $20 23 tickets left

What is the creative process by which a novel or novella is transformed for the screen? What accommodations, or even sacrifices, must a filmmaker make in order to remain faithful to the author’s original conception of the story? In this talk, UNC Charlotte Film Studies instructor Sam Shapiro will present Katherine Anne Porter’s Noon Wine, screening one of two existing adaptations and discussing how this story resonated with the author on both the deeply personal and imaginative levels.

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A Poem That Sings

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 11 tickets left

Poems often tell or suggest stories. Yet, for poetry, the music of the language is paramount. In this class, we will distinguish between narrative and lyric structures. We will begin by exploring a series of model poems to discover how they incorporate their stories without being burdened by narrative weight, so that the poems still sing. Then, we will explore work from the class, focusing on strategies for new possibilities and inspiration.

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Technology Toolkit: Software and Tech Stuff for Writers

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 10 tickets left

Let’s face it, writing is difficult work. Maybe it's true that we suffer for our art—but it shouldn't be the technology that causes it. In fact, having the right tools for the job can make the writing life a lot more pleasant. In this class, we’ll overview multiple writing tools and platforms––dictation software, timers, distraction stoppers, etc.; explore grammar and proofreading tools; talk about the relative costs and benefits of using Scrivener vs. Word; and discuss the best ways of backing…

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Flash Fiction Intensive: Write, Edit, Polish, Submit

March 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$110 – $130 7 tickets left

Everybody’s talking flash fiction, with online and print journals, anthologies and contests offering numerous paths to publication. Some authors are even writing complete novels-in-flash. In this class, we’ll explore what makes micro narratives of 50, 250, or 1,000 words pop off the page, and how writers can convey character, arc and emotion in a small space. We’ll read a range of flash fiction examples, experiment with short-shorts through a series of exercises, discuss venues for our micro masterpieces, then polish…

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April 2019

4X4CLT Master Poetry Class: TBD

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 12 tickets left

This event is part of our 4X4CLT project, which includes a quarterly poetry+art poster release party and a master class by the quarter's featured poet. More details will be here when the this event is finalized.

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Author for Hire: The Joys and Challenges of Ghostwriting

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 12 tickets left

Nearly everyone and every organization has a story to tell. But even the most brilliant individuals and entities don’t always have the wherewithal or time to write. They need writers. This class will teach you about the business of ghostwriting, how to build your brand and market yourself as a ghostwriter, and how to find opportunities. What gets ghosted? Just about anything you can imagine: books (all flavors of fiction and non-fiction), corporate manuals and modules (training, operations, best practices),…

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Read Like a Writer: The Craft of Close Attention

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 7 tickets left

Explore fiction by learning to read like a writer––alert to the craft on the page. We’ll look at stories by Alice Munro and Edna O'Brien, two writers whose work has often appeared in The New Yorker. You’ll read the stories in advance; Kathryn Schwille will lead us in a close look at their narrative gifts.

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May 2019

“I Just Call Them Pieces”: Prose Poems, Meditations, and Other Hybrid Forms

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 11 tickets left

Sometimes a poem pushes against the shape we’ve decided it should take, extending itself to the margins of one page, and the next. At others, a piece of prose decides to be fussy, demands that every other sentence be indented, or all punctuation be dropped. Suddenly, we’re in no man’s land. And, so what? There’s a lot of room in that country for exploration. Does it really matter what we call these renegade writings? In this class, we’ll study a…

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June 2019

4X4CLT Master Poetry Class: TBD

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$55 – $65 12 tickets left

This event is part of our 4X4CLT project, which includes a quarterly poetry+art poster release party and a master class by the quarter's featured poet. More details will be here when the this event is finalized.

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