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Below is a list of our upcoming classes and workshops. To register, just complete the form on the Registration page, and we'll send you a confirmation with additional class and billing information.

You can also call us directly at 937-475-5177 to register.

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Summer 2019 Classes

Date

Class Description


Tuesday, June 18
 
12:00-2:00pm 

TEEN SUMMER WRITING WORKOUT--Instructor: CHRISTINA CONSOLINO

 
School's out for summer, and now's the time to get creative in your writing. Join us for this two-hour session that is guaranteed to exercise your creativity and help you pin down new avenues for how to generate story ideas. We'll provide writing prompts, a mini-craft lesson, writing tips, and the opportunity to share your work, if you're willing. It doesn't matter what genre you flock tofiction, nonfiction, essay, graphic novelyou just might walk away with renewed enthusiasm for a current piece or a fantastic idea for a new one. (Suggested ages 12-18) 

 

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $20


Tuesday, July 9
 
12:00-2:00pm 

BEST WRITING PRACTICES FOR TEENS--Instructor: CHRISTINA CONSOLINO

 
People throw the term best practice around all the time. But what does it mean? And how can it help the teen writer? Best practice is "a procedure that has been shown by research and experience to produce optimal results and that is established or proposed as a standard suitable for widespread adoption." That procedure is what we'll cover in this class especially designed for teens. In one session, we'll touch on everything from getting into the writing mindset to establishing a writing routine to finding a writing tribe to editing your own work. Come ready to make lists and take home practical, applicable information. (Suggested ages 12-18)  
 
*Please note, you do not need to have a completed manuscript to take advantage of this class.*

     

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $45


Wednesday, July 10,
Monday, July 15,
& Wednesday, July 17
 
12:00-2:00pm 

(TEEN CLASS) SHORT STORY START TO FINISH--Instructor: CHRISTINA CONSOLINO

 
Give us one week and we'll give you a short story! This class will take you from brainstorming and generating good ideas, to important tips and tricks, to gathering feedback, and all the way to publication. All you need is a good idea and a pen and paper or laptop...let us help you with the rest. Participants will be given an anthology of the classes' work to show off their short story talents. (Suggested ages 12-18) 

     

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $115


Thursday, July 18
 
12:00-2:00pm 

TEEN SUMMER WRITING WORKOUT--Instructor: CHRISTINA CONSOLINO

 
School's out for summer, and now's the time to get creative in your writing. Join us for this two-hour session that is guaranteed to exercise your creativity and help you pin down new avenues for how to generate story ideas. We'll provide writing prompts, a mini-craft lesson, writing tips, and the opportunity to share your work, if you're willing. It doesn't matter what genre you flock tofiction, nonfiction, essay, graphic novelyou just might walk away with renewed enthusiasm for a current piece or a fantastic idea for a new one. (Suggested ages 12-18) 

 

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $20

Thursday,
July 18,
and
Tuesday,
July 23 
6:30-8:30pm 

Query Queries? No Problem!--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

 
This class meets twice--once on Thursday, then the following Tuesday. We start by going through a Traditional Publishing 101 overview, explaining the sometimes complicated and convoluted process of getting a novel published through this route. We will look at how to research agents, how to construct a pitch, and how to write a strong query letter. The following week, participants will return with query letters of their own. Katrina will lead the group through a discussion of each query letter's strengths and weaknesses, giving feedback on each. (Suggested ages 18 and up) 

     

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $70  


Tuesday, July 30
 
12:00-2:00pm 

BEST WRITING PRACTICES FOR TEENS--Instructor: CHRISTINA CONSOLINO

 
People throw the term best practice around all the time. But what does it mean? And how can it help the teen writer? Best practice is "a procedure that has been shown by research and experience to produce optimal results and that is established or proposed as a standard suitable for widespread adoption." That procedure is what we'll cover in this class especially designed for teens. In one session, we'll touch on everything from getting into the writing mindset to establishing a writing routine to finding a writing tribe to editing your own work. Come ready to make lists and take home practical, applicable information. (Suggested ages 12-18) 
 
*Please note, you do not need to have a completed manuscript to take advantage of this class.*

     

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $45

Tuesday--
 
July 30
6:30-8:30pm 

CRAFT A LA CARTE: DESCRIPTION--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

 
Elmore Leonard said, “I try to leave out the parts people skip.” Nothing makes a reader skim more than long, flat passages of description that stop a story’s momentum. No matter what kind of writing you do (fiction, memoir, poetry, essay), this class offers tips, tricks, and exercises designed to make your descriptions come to life. Everyone tells writers “Show don’t tell,” and this class will show you how to do that effectively and creatively. We’ll look at lots of published samples where description is doing double- and triple-duty in a story, and you’ll write some of your own as well. (Suggested ages 18 and up) 

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $45

Thursday--
 
August 8
6:30-8:30pm 

SUMMER WRITING WORKOUT--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

 
Want a commitment-free dose of creative energy, encouragement, and spark?
 
Word’s Worth Writing Workouts are two hours of inexpensive, informal-tune-up-charge-your-engine writing exercises for writers of any genre and any level of experience. Someone recently told us these should be called “writing parties.” Whatever you call them, you’ll receive several original writing prompts and time to explore them. You’ll get a mini-craft lesson, loads of tips, and the opportunity (totally voluntary!) to share your impromptu pieces. Turn off the inner critic, connect with fellow writers, and collect some inspiration to fuel your own writing time! (Suggested ages 18 and up) 

     

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $20

Tuesdays--
 
6:30-8:30pm 

THE WRITER'S 12-STEP PROGRAM: WRITE YOUR NOVEL IN A YEAR--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

 
In 2017 Word’s Worth launched its inaugural Writer’s 12-Step Program: Write Your Novel Draft in a Year, and the second class began last September. In this class a community of writers all endeavor to complete the first draft of a novel in one year’s time. If you’ve ever tried National Novel Writing Month, this is the same idea, but this plan is a little more sustainable and doable with the rest of your life’s obligations. This community meets together on the second Tuesday of each month from September 2018 to August 2019. In between sessions you’ll generate new work, meet with break out “writing groups,” and be connected to a private internet group where you’ll receive a monthly “check-in” with instructor Katrina Kittle as well as receive motivational and accountability posts along the way. Instead of simply saying, “By this time next year I’ll have my book done,” this program will give you a game plan, frequent deadlines, check points, craft lessons, and the collective creative energy of other kindred spirits attempting the same goal. This program is for any FICTION writer ready to truly commit to their work. Any genre of fiction is welcome. Memoir writers seeking this kind of community and accountability are welcome, but please understand that the instructional focus will be on the craft of fiction (but creative nonfiction writers use these same techniques) Each month will have a focus (although material will change based on the individual needs of group members). (Suggested ages 18 and up)

 

Trimester 1 Class Registration Coming Soon!

     

LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419

Price: $55 each, or package of 4 for $200