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Fuel The Fire with Vera Gómez

  • Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Location: Emrys Office, 201 West Stone Avenue, Suite D, Greenville, SC 29609

  • Time: 10 to 1

  • $40 Emrys Members, $50 Non-Member Click here to register

Class description: Stuck writing?  Hitting the wall wondering “where are all the words”?  This generative workshop is designed to help you “Fuel the Fire” to get your story and poems going. This interactive session centers on a series of prompts and techniques that focus on telling your story using creative writing/poetry and standard mechanisms to help you get ideas flowing and onto paper.


Now That’s the Poem I Always Wanted to Write with Arthur McMaster

The Mirror Poem, sometimes called a “pastiche poem,” is one that imitates the style of another (often famous) poet. Or just a poem we like and want to see HOW the poet did that. We observe style, form, syntax, and sometimes subject matter of the original, then write our own. The new poem may also attempt to respond to the original. This is a “kick start” exercise writers at all levels skill can use when they get stuck, or when they want to hone their craft by paying close attention to the style and technique of another writer.  The instructor will have several examples students may choose from. Or bring your own.

  • Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019

  • Location: Emrys Office, 201 West Stone Avenue, Suite D, Greenville, SC 29609

  • Time: 9 to 12

  • $40 Emrys Members, $50 Non-Member Click here to register


Finish That Novel with John Jeter

Two Truths and a Lie: When and How to Use Fiction Techniques in Memoir with Katie Burgess

  • Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

  • Location: Emrys Office, 201 West Stone Avenue, Suite D, Greenville, SC 29609

  • Time: 10 to 1

  • $40 Emrys Members, $50 Non-Member Click here to register

    A good memoir should be lively and immersive, like a novel. It should have vivid details and a clear narrative arc. But what if you can't remember what color sweater you wore on New Year's Day in 1982? What if you don't know your story's beginning, middle, and end, because you're still living the middle part? How much can you just make up before Oprah gets mad at you? In this workshop, we'll generate ideas for short nonfiction pieces that flirt with fiction. We'll discuss how to put the "creative" in "creative nonfiction" while staying true to the facts. No previous writing experience is necessary. Bring pen and paper or a laptop.

  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2019

  • Location: Emrys Office, 201 West Stone Avenue, Suite D, Greenville, SC 29609

  • Time: 10 to 1

  • $40 Emrys Members, $50 Non-Member Click here to register

    Everyone has a story. Everyone has a book-length story. Everyone has a novel inside. So write it. Consider this: If you write 500 words a day—or about two double-spaced pages—and you do that five days a week for 50 days, that’s 125,000 words. (The typical novel these days runs about 70,000 to 90,000 words.) You already write 500 words a day in emails, on Facebook, on Twitter, your grocery list, notes to yourself and your spouse and kids. So what’s another hour of writing (that’s about how long it takes to bang out 500 words)? In this workshop, we talk about the difference between writing and typing, and you’ll be inspired to do both and get that novel done! (Published authors will likely be guests: TBD.) NOTE: This seminar doesn’t offer tips/guidance, etc., about literary agents, self-publishing or what you do with your manuscript once it’s edited and polished; that’s a different workshop).


From Artist to Editor with John Jeter

Nevertheless, She Persisted with Heather Marshall

  • Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

  • Location: Emrys Office, 201 West Stone Avenue, Suite D, Greenville, SC 29609

  • Time: 1 to 4

  • $40 Emrys Members, $50 Non-Member Click here to register

  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

  • Location: Emrys Office, 201 West Stone Avenue, Suite D, Greenville, SC 29609

  • Time: 10 to 1

  • $40 Emrys Members, $50 Non-Member Click here to register

Whether personal essay, lyric essay, memoir, or literary journalism, writers like Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, and Roxane Gay tackle important issues with literary style. Participants in this workshop will look at a sampling of this writing style and begin a draft of their own. Come to this workshop with pen and paper and some issues you’d like to explore in this format.

What's the difference between writing and typing? Editing. We've all heard the mantra: revise, revise, revise. Well, how? How do you change hats from Artist to Editor? Let's take out our red pen / blue pencil to figure that out and sharpen our prose to make our writing actual Writing. This class teaches you what to look for in every sentence and paragraph, those deep-dive details that professional editors consider in combing through a manuscript, such as Style (and Stylebooks), formatting, and whether anyone still cares about Oxford commas (publishers do). Together, we'll edit (nicely!) each other's work and learn ways to improve our own. All this may look pretty esoteric, but this class is open to one and all who want the best out of their efforts, from novice to expert.