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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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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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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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Finding the Story

Narrative nonfiction is the craft of telling a story using only true events. That sounds like boxing with one hand tied behind your back. It isn’t. If you have a story, the true events are essential to that narrative. Using them to bring the beginning, middle, and end to life becomes an exercise in finding just the right details. Throughout the process, you know that when you do, the reader will be that much more involved in what you have to say. Continue reading


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Series: Writing Nonfiction

I’m beginning a series of posts that will cover writing nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and long form narrative; finding a topic; uncovering the story in your notes; the craft of nonfiction; and topics related to writing nonfiction.

The posts will be based upon my study and experience in this exciting – yes, exciting! – area of writing. It will also be based upon the feedback and questions I’ve received from my students in the workshops I teach at The Writer’s Center, as well as in the writing classes and webinars I offer online.

I’ll make the post titles descriptive, as well as the tags, so you’ll be able to tell and find the posts that interest you. If you have any questions, or comments, or just want to weigh in, please use this form. Thanks! ~Gina


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Writing Nonfiction – Starting

So how do you start? Do you sit down and start writing or do you do some planning? How much planning? What type of planning?

It seems that writing nonfiction should be easy. It’s based on facts. What’s the problem? This happened and then this happened and then this happened. You just need to tell it like it was. Except it’s never that easy because there is always so much that happened.

There are several ways to get started, so this time we’ll talk about the Timeline Approach: Continue reading


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YA Book Review: Air

AIR, by Ryan Gattis, is one of the best books I’ve read all year.

Grey is a guy who loves to get air – to ride his bicycle as fast as possible before taking off of a ramp or other stable structure and doing flips or other risky stunts. He doesn’t do this to be a risk-taker. He does it for the satisfaction of accomplishing something that seems to be impossible. He lives for the feeling of the air rushing past him and the pride he takes in planning and executing a difficult move.

Upon the murder of his mother, Grey is forced to move to Baltimore to live with his Aunt Blue. Once there, he finds that it’s not only his bi-racial heritage that makes him different, but the fact that he is new to town. He doesn’t get the jokes, have the accent, or know his way around. He also doesn’t live with his brothers and sisters any more. It’s a difficult adjustment and in the course of settling in, he is befriended by Akil Williams. Continue reading