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January 2018

Open Studio

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until May 31, 2018

Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Open writing time for members. Bring your current writing project (or respond to our weekly prompt) and a bag lunch. Hot and cold beverages provided.

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[Writers’ Workshop, with Michelle Buckman]

January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Community Lit Event. If you ever had the urge to write a story, but you did not know where to begin, join Michelle Buckman for an evening of discovery and insight. She will guide participants with helpful tips to get your stories out of your mind and into a written format to share with others. Although this program is adult-focused, teens 16 years or older are also welcome to participate.  RSVP: (704) 868-2164, option 4. Gaston County Library, Main Auditorium.

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

January 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 5 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 each session; register for either, or both!

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Reeling Them In: Yawn-Free Tactics for Talking About Your Book

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 8 tickets left

These days, selling your book means talking about it—a lot! From cocktail party conversation to the query letter, from the pitch slam to 15 elevator floors with a literary agent—you have to be ready to tell your story quickly and effectively. How can you summarize your 50,000, or 80,000, or 100,000-word book in 30 seconds? In this workshop, you’ll learn how. We’ll practice talking about and writing about your book in one sentence, one paragraph, and one page, and discuss…

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Exploring Ekphrastic Poetry: An Excursion Workshop

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $130 8 tickets left

Ekphrasis: the art of writing (typically, though not exclusively, in verse form) about a work of visual or performance art—painting, sculpture, ballet, symphony, or even film. It’s a unique form of conversation in which the writer reflects upon, describes, narrates, re-imagines, furthers, or deepens the story told in one work of art and, in doing so, creates another. We’ll prepare for the day at Charlotte Lit, and then move to a local museum, where we’ll practice the art of deep…

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The Power of Oral Storytelling: Tools for Tapping Your Imagination

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 11 tickets left

RESCHEDULED: ONE SESSION, JANUARY 31. Have you ever told a joke? Do you know the story of your birth? Can you describe a trip, an accident, a trick, a surprise? If so, you’re a storyteller. We all are. The human mind is hardwired to perceive and communicate life events in story form. In this course, we’ll learn techniques for finding the stories we want to share. Then, using fun games and activities designed to inspire confidence and poise, we’ll learn…

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February 2018

How to Write a Query Letter and Find an Agent: It’s Not About Who You Know, but What You Know

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 10 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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The Art of the Sentence: Craft Essentials

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

Beautiful sentences will get you nowhere if your story or poem lacks tension, unity of effect, or emotional believability. How can a single sentence—its length, rhythm and structure—help move your work toward these necessities? You’ll learn a writing exercise to flex your sentence-building muscle, and we’ll study the work of prosers and poets whose work can guide our way.

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Art and Archetype: Seeing the Pattern Beneath the Story

February 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until February 21, 2018

Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $195 11 tickets left

Three Sessions: February 7, 14, 21. Heaven-Hell-Hero; Mother-Maiden-Crone; Sun-Moon-Stars—these motifs, and hundreds of others, make up the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. C. G. Jung understood archetypes to be the original patterns or prototypes through which we comprehend all experience—lenses through which we perceive and make sense of the world and tell stories about it. In this class, we’ll enrich our reading and writing lives by learning how writers and artists use the Hero’s Journey and other archetypal motifs in…

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Writing Hybrid Forms: The Prose Poem

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 10 tickets left

Ever feel like you’ve penned-in one of your poems or stories by insisting it stay true to its form? In this class, we’ll open up our poems and stories by introducing them to the other form. In doing so, we’ll create the hybrid known as a prose poem. We’ll begin by looking at prose-poems by contemporary writers Claudia Rankine, Stuart Dybek, Lydia Davis, and James Tate, then practice prose-poem techniques: spading up deep images, quickly building a character, and letting…

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Fiction in a Flash: Exploring Micro Narrative Forms

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 6 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, and discuss venues for our micro masterpieces.

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

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $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.

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Shapeshifting: When Novels Move to Film

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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One event on March 14, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on April 25, 2018 at 6:00pm

Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $195 16 tickets left

Three Wednesdays, February 28, March 14, & April 25. Major works of literature are major sources of inspiration for filmmakers, but novel-based films don’t always follow the novelist’s script. In this course, we’ll explore the transformation stories undergo as they make their way to screen, looking closely at directors’ decisions—and their effects. We’ll see films based on the following, which you’ll read in advance: February 28: Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of The House of Usher (1839), Ambrose Bierce’s An…

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March 2018

4X4CLT Poster Release Party

March 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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4X4CLT Master Class

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Celebration and Consolation: The Poetic Rite of Expressing Deep Emotion

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 12 tickets left

Of poetry's many gifts is its ability to help us process our deepest emotions, bringing us toward revelation and healing. When practiced with this level of awareness and intention, the writing of a poem is more than the creation of a work of art; it becomes a sacred rite.

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Speaking Out: Poetry as Political Speech

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 11 tickets left

Poetry has a long and rich history as a primary form of political discourse. In this class, we will discuss what makes a poem political, look at examples of political poetry from the past and present, and generate new work based on today's headlines. The challenge is to address contemporary issues with aesthetic integrity. Bring work in progress and/or news articles on topics that move you.

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Telling the Whole Story: The Art of the Narrative Poem

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 11 tickets left

Rather than focusing only on image, emotion, or musicality, a narrative poem typically tells a fuller story. In this class, we’ll look at the structural devices that help us with the task, learn how to build tension, use voice, and express passage of time. Through in-class writing exercises, we’ll begin our own narrative poems and share them with one another.

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Show and Tell: Craft Essentials

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 7 tickets left

In this session, 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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Writing Your Life: Memoir Intensive

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $130 8 tickets left

At its core, a good memoir is a good story. It has a narrative arc, compelling characters, effective dialogue, an engaging perspective, and a protagonist with self-awareness (or, at least, a developing sense of it). In this workshop, you'll learn tactics for turning personal and family tales into muscular stories with universal appeal. We'll discuss story structure, character development, dialogue, and the ethical considerations of writing about family members and loved ones.

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The Art of Dialogue: Craft Essentials

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 6 tickets left

Let's talk about effective dialogue—when to use it, how to use it, what it can do—or not do. How can speech reveal character? How can it do more than that? How can it be planted in a garden that enriches it? We'll start with an exercise and move on to study the work of master story-tellers. In the meantime, eavesdrop on your fellow humans and listen for the unsaid.

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April 2018

CREATE! Your Path

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, happening 3 times

Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $195 12 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 Techniques for capturing and refining our ideas and our writing.

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Scene Study: Craft Essentials

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 5 tickets left

Using examples from published literary works, as well as writing exercises, we'll examine the individual components of scene making—setting, action, dialogue, and manipulation of time—along with the ways these interact to create tension, subtext, momentum and dramatic impact. We will also discuss the similarities and the differences of scene function in different genres (e.g., fiction, creative nonfiction, and narrative nonfiction)

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Shaping Your Story: Craft Essentials

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 11 tickets left

What makes a reader engage with a story? As you think about the broad outline of your work, or of your favorite works, where do you find points of tension or challenge for the reader? These points form the basic elements of story shape. In this seminar, we'll examine classic "shapes" of stories (including the three-act structure and the hero's journey) to help you start or reignite a sagging or stalled project. You'll learn to deepen plotting, and strengthen conflict…

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Reader and Writer: Ten Ways to Enjoy the Party

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 15 tickets left

Reading literature is a contact sport, an active conversation, a dance between author and reader that begins with what Virginia Woolf called "the twist and turn of the first sentences." This presentation introduces ten basic principles for becoming more imaginative and active readers of published works as well as works-in-progress, including our own drafts and the drafts of our peers or students. We will look closely at several literary texts, both poetry and prose, and apply techniques such as close…

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May 2018

From the Bedside Table: Jump-Start Your Writing with What You’re Reading

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 13 tickets left

Love to read? Love to write but struggle with ideas and motivation? Why not use your love of reading to spur your writing? All great writers are avid readers—we have to be! This seminar has a clear mission: to get you writing and keep you writing. We will have a discussion around reading, use excerpts from published works for directed writing sessions, then discuss what we produce to further develop your ideas and insights. You'll leave with new beginnings, fresh…

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Write Your Way Around the World: Travel Writing that Pays

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $130 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.

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Scrivener Basics: Unlocking the Best Software for Writers

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 12 tickets left

Scrivener is an invaluable piece of software for writing and organizing a book-length project—when you know how to use it. Developed by writers for writers, it does so much, but how do you know where to begin? How do you customize it for the way you work, and what can you leave aside? This half-day course will enable you to unlock Scrivener's most important features and leave ready to work. If you bring your laptop with work in progress, you'll…

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Listening for Soul: Journal Writing as Contemplative Practice

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #302
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free - $65 10 tickets left

When practiced with intention, journal writing can be an effective tool for greater self-awareness, a practice of deep personal inquiry. In this seminar, we'll discover techniques for uncovering the inner lining of life's major and minor happenings, getting a glimpse of the ways soul perceives and experiences the daily round. You'll leave the session with more clarity about some aspect of your life and with new passion for transcribing your soul's mythic journey, with all its deep longings and surprising…

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