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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.

Visit our
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Winter 2018 Classes

Date

Class Description

Wednesdays--
December-
March 
 
6:30-8:30pm 

FIRST WEDNESDAY WRITING WORKOUT--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

Word’s Worth continues its newest tradition—an informal-tune-up-charge-your-engine writing workout. On the first Wednesday of each month you’ll gather to receive intriguing writing prompts and time to explore them. You’ll get a mini-craft lesson, loads of tips, and the opportunity to share your impromptu pieces. Turn off the inner critic, connect with fellow writers, and collect some inspiration for the month!

Price: $10 each month

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 6:30-8:30 PM
 
LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 6:30-8:30 PM
 
LOCATION: Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419 

Tuesdays--
 
Quarter 2
 January 9,
February 13,
March 13,
April 10 
 
6:30-8:30pm 

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

Note: This is the second quarter of a year-long class. You will be joining a class/group in progress. The first quarter will not repeat until August. If you have been writing regularly and are seeking accountability and guidance for a work in progress, feel free to join us. If you have not yet started a novel draft, you may wish to wait until this class begins again.
 
In a brand new, exciting Word’s Worth offering that began last September, you could join a community of writers in the second all endeavoring 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 will meet together on the second Tuesday of each month from September 2017 to August 2018. 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. Each month will have a focus (although material will change based on the individual needs of group members). 

 

Our second quarter’s focus will be:

 

Quarter 2 Classes

January 9—Plot and Structure

February 13—Point of View

March 13—Voice

April 10—Middle of the Book “Crisis”: Plot Layers, Subplots, Enriching Your Cast     

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

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

**Note: One can only register for the entire 12 Step series at the start of the quarter 

 

Quarter 2 Package-Jan., Feb., Mar., & Apr. Classes

 

Class #6-February 13: Point of View

 

Class #7-March 13: Voice

 

Class #8-April 10: Middle of the Book "Crisis":Plot Layers, Subplots, Enriching Your Cast

 

Mondays,
February 12-
February 26 
 
6:30-8:30pm 

CRAFT CLASS: 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.   

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

Price: $115

 

Wednesday,
February 21 
 
6:30-8:30pm 

QUERIES & QUESTIONS ABOUT TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

This 2-hour class will give 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 write a strong query letter, and how to construct a pitch. Participants will look at and critique sample queries and will “rehearse” a pitch for feedback.  

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

Price: $45

 

Wednesday,
March 21 
 
6:30-8:30pm 

CRAFT ala CARTE: POINT of VIEW--Instructor: Katrina Kittle

During this class we’ll look at the styles of narration you have in your toolbox, and at the pros and cons of those choices. We’ll also discuss how to choose a point-of-view character, considerations when using multiple point-of-view characters, and how who tells your story controls your story.  

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

Price: $45

 

 

Manuscript Evaluations 
Katrina Kittle will evaluate novel drafts and provide in-depth, detailed feedback throughout the novel, as well as a lengthy summary at the end of what is working/what are the manuscript's strengths and suggestions for revision. Fee varies based on length of the project.
Fill out an inquiry on our Registration page for information, details, and availability.