Thursday, May 1, 2014
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NEW DATE! A Writer’s Circle: Encouraging Feedback and Advice for Writers

May 1, 2014 to May 15, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Instructor: Coleen M. Paratore

Led by prolific author and inspirational teacher Coleen Murtagh Paratore, each class time will be equally divided among participants and when it’s “your turn” you may use your minutes as you wish: get critiques of a first page or chapter, feedback on a book idea, help with a title, advice on publishing, answers to questions that are blocking you — whatever will help you move forward with your writing. Come write away and be inspired. Sign on for one session, all four – or pick and choose sessions to fit your schedule. Troy native and resident Coleen Murtagh Paratore is the award-winning author of 17 books. Her publishers include Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Scholastic Press. Her latest publication is FIREFLIES: A Writer’s Notebook (for all ages), pub date 1-20-14, Little Pickle Press. Check out her website: www.coleenparatore.com

Sunday, May 4, 2014
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The Mystery of Writing Mysteries

May 4, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: M. E. Kemp

Discover the five elements of the mystery novel from A to V – Amateur Detective to Villain – and create your own mystery! Techniques apply to novels, short stories and plays, Kids, YA or Adult Fiction alike. This is a “working workshop” and all that is required is pen, pencil, paper or computer and a little skullduggery. M.E. Kemp is the local author of five historical mysteries featuring two nosy Puritans as detectives.

Saturday, Jun 7, 2014
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June 7, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM Instructor: Marion Roach Smith

Put down that glue gun, toss aside that scrapbook, and take the challenge to tell your tale. A possible subtitle for this one-shot class could easily be Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Memoir, but that’s a little wordy, isn’t it? We’ll talk about being too wordy, as well as every other aspect of writing what you know, in this unique, rarely-offered class. Multi-media, highly entertaining, this is the class you say you never have time to take in the 6-week, wait-listed version we regularly offer. Highly informative, after this class you will be able to write memoir, whether it be a college essay, a blog, a letter home, an essay for public radio, an op-ed for the newspaper, or a book-length memoir. Marion Roach Smith is a former New York Times staffer, author of four mass-market books, and commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. This will include a session during which you can pitch your tale to Marion, and she tells you how to do it. A copy of The Memoir Project, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life (June, 2011, Grand Central Publishing) is included with Studio Fee.