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One or two spots open in this Millburn-based weekly writing workshop to be held on Mondays from 11:45 am until 1:45 pm, January through April. Both fiction and creative nonfiction involve strong story lines, memorable characters, careful narration, and lively dialogue. We will migrate between the two genres. You can submit essays, short stories, or sections of memoirs and novels with the goal of turning them into publishable prose. If interested, please e-mail a 3–5 page writing sample to zinnfromm@gmail.com. Class meets two hours/week for 12 weeks, January-April. Coffee is served and a large, friendly dog sits in on the class. Cost is $600.

Laura Zinn Fromm is the author of the forthcoming My Inner Fruitcake. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University and teaches fiction and creative non-fiction through New York Writers Workshop. A former editor at Business Week magazine, she is the winner of the Clarion Award and the Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Labor Reporting. Visit her at Myinnerfruitcake.com and Flawedmom.com

Prof Seeking Guest to Critique Student Work

Hello:

In a few weeks my Montclair State writing students who start work on TV show pitches. Specifically the students make a case for a reality show. In past years I’ve had some weak pitches and some outstanding ones. This year I am looking for someone to come to my class to listen to and help critique the pitches. Perhaps a MEWSie in TV?

This will likely take place the third week of November. I teach Mondays and Wednesdays.
If interested, please email me at jbedrin (@) gmail.com

Thanks so much!

Free Poetry Workshop, Oct. 17

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Gail Fishman Gerwin, M.A., acclaimed freelance writer, playwright, and poet, will facilitate her third poetry workshop on October 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Fine Grind (101 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, just minutes away from Willowbrook Mall and Wayne Costco).

Come with your creativity (and pen and paper) in hand and take your craft to new levels. Gail will introduce several activities that will let participants surprise themselves. She does have a tendency to channel Dorothy Parker so don’t be surprised if Dottie shows up even without a round table in sight. Oh, look around the house for an inanimate object—a knickknack, favorite dish, dress . . . and bring it with you.

Go to www.thefinegrindcoffeebar.com for more info or shoot an email over to jessica@thefinegrindcoffeebar.com. See you there!

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On Friday, October 11, Deborah Smith of JerseyBites.com will lead the training session “Intermediate Social Media for News Sites,” aimed at helping editors and publishers get the most out of Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more to promote their hyperlocal websites. The training is sponsored by the NJ News Commons.

In this free, 3-hour workshop, participants will dive deep into marketing strategies for all of the major social media platforms. Attendees will learn:

· How to map out your social calendar for the month

· How to have a conversation with your readers

· Gaining followers through contests and special promotions

· Building custom campaign pages for Facebook

· Creative ways to package and market Social promotions to advertisers

· Making sense of Facebook advertising

· Tools to help you optimize your social media marketing

The workshop takes place in Schmitt 311, Montclair State University, from 3 to 6 pm.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XEl1AbCjqeZz-Xv0hQa7L5lQzWm-b7i1MbpvrQc3_Ro/viewform

On Friday, October 11, Deborah Smith of JerseyBites.com will lead the training session “Intermediate Social Media for News Sites,” aimed at helping editors and publishers get the most out of Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more to promote their hyperlocal websites. The training is sponsored by the NJ News Commons.

In this free, 3-hour workshop, participants will dive deep into marketing strategies for all of the major social media platforms. Attendees will learn:

· How to map out your social calendar for the month

· How to have a conversation with your readers

· Gaining followers through contests and special promotions

· Building custom campaign pages for Facebook

· Creative ways to package and market Social promotions to advertisers

· Making sense of Facebook advertising

· Tools to help you optimize your social media marketing

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XEl1AbCjqeZz-Xv0hQa7L5lQzWm-b7i1MbpvrQc3_Ro/viewform

Essay, Memoir, and Publishing Workshop

Dreaming of a writing vacation? The second Gazebo Workshop, taught by former Self articles director Paula Derrow, is taking place on July 13 & 14th, in Eastford, CT. Derrow’s students have been published in the NY Times, Elle, Salon and many more. Learn how to polish and publish your writing in an amazing waterside gazebo with a glass-bottomed floor straddling a rushing stream, with time off for kayaking, swimming or just daydreaming. Can’t spare the time or money? Think of it as a working vacation that will pay you back with new friendships, inspiration, and perhaps your piece in print. Refer a friend and get $100 off. Go to Paula Derrow’s website for more info.

Is the next Great American Novel sitting unfinished on your desktop?

I’ve put together a eight-session workshop that welcomes artists in all genres -writers, filmmakers, performers and visual artists and will provide you with the support you need to set and achieve your professional goals. The classes will also create a community among artists, and everyone is invited to share and expand resources around their work.

Some of the topics to be addressed in the workshop:
Getting clarity about your creative path. Letting go of negativity and limiting beliefs that hold you back. Making your creative work a priority in your life. Getting your work out in the world. Effective networking with the right people. Making a living from your creative work. Supporting yourself while breaking through. Balancing your creative life with the rest of your life

Dates: May 2,16, 30, June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8 (Every other Thursday: from May 2nd- August 8th)
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: 12 South Mountain Avenue #27. Montclair, NJ
Cost: $525 *or two payments of $262.50

For more information or to register go to zipcreative.net/about/events/, call Joanne Zippel at 973-809-4920 or email her at joanne@zipcreative.net. To learn more about Joanne Zippel and Zip Creative, please visit zipcreative.net.
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With all good wishes,
Joanne Zippel

Short Story Workshop, Starting April 23

Adult School of Montclair: Short Story Workshop
Instructor Hank Quense
Starts on April 23 from 7-9 PM and continues for the next three Tuesdays

This Short Story Workshop is a unique fiction writing lecture series. It consists of four sessions that concentrate on the elements necessary to produce a work of fiction.  These include story design elements such as setting, character building, plotting, motivation and scene design.  A quarter of the workshop is focused on character building. The last session concentrates on story-telling techniques.  During the workshops, the attendees work on these elements for their own story using design forms developed by the author.

At the end of the workshop and after completing their own designs, the attendees are ready to write the first draft on their own.
Hank Quense has over 50 published short stories and has four novels available.

One-Day Novel-Writing Intensive

Have you always wanted to write a novel but don’t know where to start?  Or maybe you’ve gotten 100 pages in and now are stuck, or you’ve finished a draft but can’t sell it and aren’t sure how to approach a revise.

Jump-start the novel-writing process with my one-day interactive novel-writing class on Saturday, March 9th at my home in Montclair.

I’m Pamela Redmond Satran, the founder of MEWS and author of seven novels published by Simon & Schuster, the most recent in 2012 called The Possibility of You.

The class runs the full day and covers the entire novel-writing process, from idea to character creation through theme and plot to scene construction.  We’ll develop a novel idea together and by the end of the day, everyone will have written their first scenes, an innovative technique anyone from beginner to experienced writer can apply to their own work.

Here’s what students who took the workshop in 2011, the last time I taught it, had to say:

  • I feel as if I had been wandering in the forest at night and you came along and handed me a flashlight and a map.  Thank you!
  • Wearing both hats, teacher and writer, I can say that today was an eye-opener on both counts.  It was splendid.  
  • Knowledgeable, supportive, warm, humorous, so astute at picking out ALL the bits from our 700-word texts that needed commenting on and doing so in a way that didn’t kill our enthusiasm, interest or spirit.
  • Thanks for another wonderful creative session.  One of your strengths is the ability to start with a diverse group of writers and within a few hours have the start of a novel we all want to read.  I enjoyed the creative process so much I came back for seconds. 

The price is $250 and the class is limited to ten students.  Please feel free to contact me at prsatran@gmail.com with questions or to reserve a spot.

 

Writing Out Loud

Join local authors and writing instructors Laura Zinn Fromm and Cynthia Pike Gaylord for Writing Out Loud, an intensive three-hour workshop on Saturday, March 9, at the Oakes Center in Summit. The workshop will include writing exercises, readings, discussion and inspiration. We will examine the five narrative modes: dialogue, state of mind, action, description and exposition. By the end of the class, you will have generated new work as well as discovered innovative ways of editing and revising work you already have. You are also welcome to bring stories, essays, and portions of novels and memoirs that you are currently working on.

The workshop will run from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Oakes Center,120 Morris Avenue, in Summit. The cost is $95. Coffee will be served. Please bring paper and pen. To register, please contact Cynthia at gaylordcynthia@aol.com or Laura at zinnfromm@gmail.com.

Laura Zinn Fromm teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at the New York Writer’s Workshop / JCC Manhattan, and has taught at Columbia and Montclair State Universities. A former editor at Business Week, she is the winner of the Clarion Award and the Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Labor Reporting. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Patch, Ducts, Writing Raw, New Jersey Life & Leisure, and Wellesley magazine. She has appeared on CBS, CNBC and FNN, and has an MFA from Columbia University For more information, please go to Flawedmom.com and Myinnerfruitcake.com.

A three-time breast cancer survivor, Cynthia Pike Gaylord left a 15-year career on Wall Street to pursue her true love: writing. Her work has appeared in New Jersey Monthly, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Creative Nonfiction’s Brevity. She received her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she now teaches beginning and advanced writing workshops.