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Comma Queen 01

In this series, Mary Norris discusses grammar’s delicious fine points.

Enjoy!


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Did Someone Say Writing Prompts?

Writers write. They also get stuck and can’t think of a thing to say.

Here are 10 prompts to get you started when your brain stalls:

  1. It surprises me when
  2. I also wanted
  3. I wish I hadn’t
  4. The one thing I would do differently
  5. The thing I ever ate
  6. I always wanted to
  7. The best decision I ever made
  8. You’ll know Bob when you see him because
  9. Are you a beach person, a cabin person, or a mountain person?
  10. I love it when 


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Workshops Fall 2020

Hello! You’ll find links to my Fall Workshops in Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction via Zoom at The Writer’s Center. You’ll also see workshops I offer at other times. Questions? Let me know!


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Workshops 2020 Start Jan 20/21

Happy New Year!

The Writer’s Center in Bethesda: Narrative Nonfiction writing workshop. The first session is on Jan 21 (10 weeks in all). We’ll have time to write and critique, as well as to discuss the use of narrative. If you’re local, I hope you’ll join us.

Online: The online version of the Workshop starts on Jan 20. This class will use a Google Classroom, Zoom, and Skype to explore the use of narrative to tell a factual story. Sessions will be recorded so that they can be accessed by those unable to make the actual discussions. Please contact me with any questions and/or to register.


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2020 Writing Workshops

I’m launching a series of Coaching videos in February. This series will take you from picking out your pencil to completing your first draft. I’m excited to get these up and running. I hope you’ll check them out. Meanwhile, if there’s something you really want to know, please put it in the comments and I’ll include it in the video!

~gina


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UDEMY Classes

Graphite pencils in basket isolated on white backgroundMy first online writing classes will be offered on Udemy in February. These classes are intended to get you going with confidence. They will be free overviews of topics of interest to writers who are getting started. The next round of classes will be more geared to those who have the basics down and need more advanced work on craft.  These more advanced classes will not be free, but before you take one of them you will have the opportunity to decide which genre fits you and what you need, before paying for a workshop that just doesn’t do it.

I’m an experienced writing teacher, freelance writer, and published author. My interest are in narrative nonfiction, science fiction, mystery, spy stuff, and children’s fiction. I’m excited to bring you classes about finding your genre, focusing on a niches, finding an agent, writing a book proposal … If it relates to the business of writing, the craft of writing, or the pure joy of putting words to paper, you’ll find a class for you.

There will be more info coming in the next few weeks.

I look forward to working with you!

~gina

 


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Narrative Nonfiction Craft

I’m taking a closer look at narrative craft. I have a plan, resources, and assignments.

I haven’t found a writing group that does this.

Interest in joining me?


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Getting Started

You know what you want to write about. You just don’t know where to start — you can’t find “your way in.”

This is one of the most common problems for any writer — newbie or not. There are so many ways to tell a story, and so many stories that can be told from a set of facts. Which is the one that is most compelling? Which will hook the audience you’re interested in?

One of the first ways to decide on the way in is to listen to yourself when you tell others about your research. You’ll find that the aspect that “sings” to you is the one you bring up every. single. time. The others? Not so much.

Another way to decide on the way in is to picture yourself speaking to your intended audience. Which parts of what you have to say are the parts that will get them to come and listen to you speak on a rainy fall evening? Some of the info you have is necessary to set the background and to help things make sense, but that can vary with the telling.

None of this is doing it? Sit down and complete this sentence: I’m writing a story about ……………………. When you can finish the sentence in just a few words, you have your narrative thread.

Time to get to work!


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Looking Forward to 2019

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is coming to a close. I’m still waiting for my flying car, but there sure have been plenty of other changes in the works.

You’ve asked us for some specific changes in 2019:
1. Online classes
2. More resources
3. Author interviews
4. Critique sessions
5. Discussion on craft

Our answer to all of these is YES! SO – you’ll see some changes on this site. You’ll also see more frequent posts. If you’d like to see something that’s not on the list, please let us know at Savvygina at gmail dot com

I’m looking forward to an exciting new year, but for the rest of this year, I’ll post more often!

~gina


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Writing Narrative Nonfiction 101

STARTS NOVEMBER 12

Please join me for Writing Narrative Nonfiction 101. This class will be held online. The text for the class is Storycraft, by former Oregonian Writing Coach Jack Hart. We’ll have one class plus exercises per chapter, with a wrap-up for additional discussion and questions. The cost of the class will be $250. Please register below.

We’ll have a Google Classroom or Facebook Group for our discussions and resource material. We’ll meet online via Zoom and the meetings will be taped for those who cannot attend in person.

Each meeting will focus on an aspect of writing a piece of narrative nonfiction. There will also be other readings and exercises, to reinforce the concepts and provide you with an opportunity to try it for yourself.

I’m a freelance biotech, health-tech, and sci-tech writer and published author. I look forward to working with you!

~ gina

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