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Three in a Row Workshops, 2021


Start the New Year off on the write foot! Three Saturdays in a row, January 16-30, from 10 a.m. – noon, Winston-Salem Writers offers online workshops for all writers and aspiring writers via Zoom. Participation is limited to the first 30 registrants. 

Cost per Workshop:  FREE to WSW members $25 Non-members
Best deal: Join Winston-Salem Writers for a special one-time annual membership of $20, and get all three workshops FREE.  

To register, email programs@wswriters.org and indicate which workshop(s) you are registering to attend.

Saturday, January 16

Using Metaphors to Sharpen Our Stories
with Tracy Crow


Writing with metaphor actually requires an activation of a sixth sense—an ability, willingness, and fresh approach toward making connections that will layer meaning and resonance to our stories and poems. To activate and hone this sixth sense, we can turn to the natural world. Prior to the workshop, writers are encouraged to create an awareness log of their encounters with the natural world—both in waking and in dream states: the deer leaping across your walking path; the startling morning discovery of a snake skin by the back door of your home; a bluebird feather on your sidewalk; a groundhog appearing in a dream. We’ll share our discoveries, and through writing prompts, further awaken our shamanic sixth sense. (Please know that sharing anything written during this workshop is voluntary!)   

Tracy Crow is the founder and president of Tracy Crow Literary Agency, LLC, and is the author/editor of six books that include the novella “Cooper’s Hawk,” the award-winning memoir, “Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine.” Tracy has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte.
Learn more about Tracy at www.tracycrow.com.

Saturday, January 23

How to Write Dynamic and Believable Dialogue
with Ron Stacker Thompson


Whether you write screenplays, stage plays, short stories or novels, this cross-genre workshop will focus on how to improve your dialogue-writing skills. Learn/be reminded how, through dialogue, you can effectively: set mood and tone, reveal character and motivation, create tension, and propel your story forward.
Ron Stacker Thompson
is a professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is chair of the Screenwriting Department in the School of Filmmaking. His most recent works as a playwright are REJOICE! A MUSICAL CELEBRATION and DOUGLASS/DUNBAR, both produced at The Willingham Theater in Yadkinville, where he is artistic director. He has extensive work in television and was honored with the prestigious NAACP Image Award for Best Television Movie or Mini-Series. For more information about Ron, visit https://www.uncsa.edu/faculty-staff/ronald-thompson.aspx. 


Saturday, January 30

How to Write Your First Draft in Two Months -- and Still Have a Life
with Kathryn Johnson


You may think you don't have the time, energy, or inspiration to write because of your hectic lifestyle or pandemic pressures. Wrong! Learn what Kathryn Johnson's “Extreme Novelists”  know about organizing their time, establishing a productive writing routine, and getting their stories written with far less pain than they had imagined. Kathryn will share methods EN Grads (and many professional writers) use to complete their books in months instead of years, their short stories in mere weeks. Become the dedicated author you've always dreamed of being.
Kathryn Johnson's 40+ published novels (finalist for the Agatha Award, winner of Heart of Excellence and Bookseller's Best Awards), include historical fiction and contemporary suspense for adults, YA’s, and middle-grade readers. Her nonfiction book, “The Extreme Novelist,” can be found on Amazon and is the text based on her lectures at The Smithsonian and The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Md. Kathryn’s mentoring services can be found here: https://KathrynJohnsonLLC.com. Reach out with questions or for a free 20-minute private consultation: Kathryn@KathrynJohnsonLLC.com.



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To pay by check, mail to:

WSW Treasurer

P.O. Box 24442

Winston Salem NC 27114.


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