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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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Fall 2019 Classes

Date

Class Description

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 in September 2018. 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 2019 to August 2020. 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)

 

First Trimester Package

September: Developing Your Plan

October: Character Building: Motivation as your GPS

November: Conflict and Personal Stakes

December: Research Tips and Traps  

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

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

This series of classes is now closed. If you'd like to sign up for the Wait List, please visit our Registration page. Empty slots will be filled in the order they are received.   

Sunday--
 
September 22
2:00-4:00pm 

WIN THEM WITH WORDS: PERFECTING THE COLLEGE ESSAY--Instructor: Christina Consolino

Are you struggling to put your college essay together? Do you have a good topic, but you're not exactly sure how to execute it? Have you already written a draft of the essay, but you're not certain how to make it better? Then this workshop is for you!

Come join us as we talk about everything the college essay entails from idea to final, polished draft. Be ready to look critically at your work while we teach you how to pull together an 

interesting, unique essay that represents who you are. (Suggested ages 18 and up) 

     

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

Price: $45

Mondays--
 
October 7-
November 4 
6:30-8:30pm 

Writer's Workshop--Instructor: Christina Consolino

Bill Gates once said, "We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve." As writers, that could not be more true. Join author/editor Christina Consolino as she helps you critically evaluate writing in a constructive and positive manner with the end goal of revision in mind. Christina will teach all participants how to give and receive feedback and will lead participants in workshopping each others' writing. Participants should have some completed work ready to exchange with other writers. The work can be chapters from a novel, memoir, or even short stories. Having a finished manuscript is not a requirement for the class. Class size is limited to six so that each participant will have an opportunity to receive feedback on up to twenty pages of writing twice over the course of the class. All feedback given to writers will be thoughtful, positive discussion of the work as well as in-depth, written notes from Christina and from the other members of the workshop. (Suggested ages 18 and up) 

     

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

Price: $150

Tuesdays--
 
October 15-29
6:30-8:30pm 

CREATE A CHARACTER WORKSHOP--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Remember how your parents always told you of hard things, “It’s good for you. It builds character?” Well, we’re not talking about your own character, but the characters in your stories…and yes, it's hard but it's good for you. Of all the elements of fiction, character is the most important. This brand new 3-week class will provide several exercises and writing prompts to help you create a multi-dimensional character, or give more depth and complexity to a character you’re already working with in a work-in-progress. We’ll focus on their backstory—in particular the idea of a “backstory wound” that helps shape a protagonist (and provides  inner conflict). We’ll handle their physical description and create their voice. We’ll examine how motivation effects character, and all the techniques available in a writers’ toolbox to develop a protagonist (and antagonist) a reader can’t forget. Some light homework is built in to get momentum rolling and hold you accountable. (Suggested ages 18 and up) 

     

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

Price: $125

Thursday--
 
October 24
6:30-8:30pm 

FALL 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: 

Price: $20

Sunday--
 
October 27
2:00-4:00pm 

Teen Writing Workout: NaNo Edition--Instructor: Christina Consolino 

Ever imagine writing a novel in a month? Joining the craze that is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is one way to reach that lofty goal. If you're considering trying to NaNo this year then you'll want 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. You just might walk away with an energy and enthusiasm to write for the entire month! (Suggested ages 18 and up) 

     

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

Price: $20

Wednesday--
 
November 6
6:30-8:30pm 

EMPATHY & ANTAGONISTS--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

In the classic novel TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Atticus Finch tells his daughter, “If you can learn a little trick Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Empathy—the ability to identify with others—is a required ingredient for being a good writer (and for being a better human being!), and nowhere is this more obvious than in our “villains.” All antagonists are richer, more interesting and complex characters when they are created as real human beings instead of cardboard cutout stereotypes. A variety of writing exercises will help you consider other points of view, “humanize” your villains, and help you see that understanding someone’s actions and condoning someone’s actions are two very different things. (Suggested ages 18 and up) 

     

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

Price: $45