Upcoming events

    • May 26, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • remote
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    A REMOTE ONLY session.

    It’s widely agreed that empathy—the ability to understand and share the feelings of another—is an essential faculty of a good writer as well as a good human being. But are there incongruencies in how we commonly define and imagine empathy—in how we practice it? Is it ever unhealthy, counterproductive, even dangerous? In this talk, we’ll discuss these questions as a way to demonstrate that empathy is indeed invaluable, but that its true value might lie beyond compassion and somewhere more unexpected and ambiguous within us. And as storytellers, we’ll explore how to exercise this messier, more demanding form of empathy to help us access our most inaccessible characters and bring them to life, whether they deserve it or not.

    Vu Tran's first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year. His writing has also appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery StoriesPloughshares, and Virginia Quarterly. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, and has been a fiction fellow at Bread Loaf, Sewanee, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He teaches at the University of Chicago, where he is an Associate Professor of Practice in English & Creative Writing.

    We offer free student memberships at a discounted rate of $5.00 per session. You must send verification of your student status. Please contact Claudia Katz at ckatz17755@aol.com for details.

    9-9:30 Socializing 

    9:30-12 Program 



    • May 26, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • REMOTE
    • 68
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    NO LONGER ONSITE- ZOOM ONLY

    It’s widely agreed that empathy—the ability to understand and share the feelings of another—is an essential faculty of a good writer as well as a good human being. But are there incongruencies in how we commonly define and imagine empathy—in how we practice it? Is it ever unhealthy, counterproductive, even dangerous? In this talk, we’ll discuss these questions as a way to demonstrate that empathy is indeed invaluable, but that its true value might lie beyond compassion and somewhere more unexpected and ambiguous within us. And as storytellers, we’ll explore how to exercise this messier, more demanding form of empathy to help us access our most inaccessible characters and bring them to life, whether they deserve it or not.

    Vu Tran's first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year. His writing has also appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery StoriesPloughshares, and Virginia Quarterly. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, and has been a fiction fellow at Bread Loaf, Sewanee, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He teaches at the University of Chicago, where he is an Associate Professor of Practice in English & Creative Writing.

    We offer free student memberships at a discounted rate of $5.00 per session. You must send verification of your student status. Please contact Claudia Katz at ckatz17755@aol.com for details.

    9-9:30 Socializing 

    9:30-12 Program 

    • June 16, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual Only
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      • Peter Hoppock will lead a discussion of Anton Chekhov’s short story, The Lady with the DogFirst published in 1899, it describes an adulterous affair between an unhappily married Moscow banker and a young married woman. One of Chekhov's most famous pieces of short fiction, which Vladimir Nabokov considered one of the greatest short stories ever written, the story was made into a film in 1987, Dark Eyes, which earned Marcello Mastroianni the best actor award at Cannes that year. 

        As Peter explains, this work has resonated with audiences for more than a century. With its blend of character development, plot, handling of conflict, balance of summary and scene, economy of language and revealing of backstory, the simplicity of its overall structure yet its willingness to break story telling "rules," there is certainly plenty to chew on. Keep in mind that our summer sessions are not about critiquing stories, but about gathering to help each other find ways to learn from them. 

        OCWW Board Member Peter Hoppock has published numerous short stories and two novellas in a variety of literary online and print journals. His novella Mr. Pegg to You was a finalist in the Press 53 Novella Competition. With Renee James, he co-edited the 2021 OCWW anthology Turning Points, and has assumed the same role for the upcoming anthology. He has also published articles on teaching and coaching in preeminent professional journals for both skiing and soccer, sports in which he has held advanced national educational credentials for over 40 years. 


    • June 26, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Winnetka Community House - Historic Garden Room
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    ~ Celebrate with us~

    Members and honored guests, please join the 

    Off Campus Writers' Workshop 

    in celebration

        Sunday   June 26, 2022     4-7 p.m.   

    Program 
    at 4:30 | Induction Ceremony| Goldie Goldbloom Keynote  

            Appetizers and Desserts           

    Cash Bar

    Garden Party Attire         Adults Only   

    Proof of Vaccination Required

                          OCWW Members: Complimentary      Guests of Members: $25

             Room capacity is limited. Please reply by June 1

    • July 14, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual Only
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      • Paula Mikrut will lead a discussion about The Fourth State of Matter by Joann Beard.  

      • Though The Fourth State of Matter is an essay,  fiction writers will find a lot to like and learn from it. In fact, it was originally published in the fiction section of The New Yorker because of its artistry. We can learn a lot about effective writing by studying this essay, and there are a lot of angles from which we could approach this discussion. I would like to look at it through the lens of the great craft presentations we’ve experienced as OCWW members. I will post a few questions of my own, but I’ll also challenge you to find examples in The Fourth State of Matter of something you’ve learned during an OCWW presentation.


      • No one is asked to speak up who is not comfortable doing that. You're welcome to just listen,  but the hope is you’ll add your voice to our discussion and that we’ll have the opportunity to learn from you.

        Accompanying your registration confirmation will be a .pdf copy of the story and some ideas for you to consider as you prepare for this discussion. 


      • Paula Mikrut
        is an OCWW board member and our Zoom Goddess. 

    • August 11, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual Only
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    Beth DeSchryver will lead a discussion of The Open Window, by H.H. Munro (aka Saki). 

    Some claim that flash fiction is a modern form, but Munro was writing concise, high-impact stories of fewer than 1500 words more than 100 years ago. 

    What is fascinating is how he can create distinct characters and multiple, vivid stories within the story frame with such economy. We will look at structure - how he chunks things - character creation, selective use of detail, the seeming manipulation of the reader’s interpretation and… enough said. It would give too much away.

      Saki is considered a master of the short story, on par with O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. His work is often mischievous and satirical regarding society, but he also explores themes of conflict in and with nature. But The Open Window doesn’t quite fit into either category, although you could argue it has a bit of both. It was included in the last collection of short stories published in his lifetime, Beasts and Super-Beasts (1914) available for free download at Project Gutenberg.

      Beth DeSchryver is a long-time member of OCWW. Her latest story, Nameless Child, is included in the OCWW Turning Points Anthology.

      Past events

      May 19, 2022 REMOTE: Rebecca Makkai-The Origins of the Original
      May 19, 2022 NO LONGER ONSITE - Rebecca Makkai-The Origins of the Original
      May 12, 2022 NO LONGER ONSITE - Jennifer Solheim-Narrative Perspective: From Character and Writer to Text and Reader
      May 12, 2022 REMOTE: Jennifer Solheim-Narrative Perspective: From Character and Writer to Text and Reader
      May 05, 2022 ONSITE - Kathleen Rooney-Traversing the Space Between Revision and Publication: Preparing Your Work for Submission Across Genres
      May 05, 2022 REMOTE: Kathleen Rooney-Traversing the Space Between Revision and Publication: Preparing Your Work for Submission Across Genres
      April 28, 2022 Zoom Only-Micah Fields- The Postcard: An Introduction to Writing Masterfully Short Essays and Short Fiction.
      April 22, 2022 LAST CHANCE RECORDING OF Goldie Goldbloom- Writers Blocks and Techniques for Bypassing Them
      April 21, 2022 NO LONGER ONSITE -Goldie Goldbloom- Writers Blocks and Techniques for Bypassing Them
      April 21, 2022 REMOTE: Goldie Goldbloom- Writers Blocks and Techniques for Bypassing Them
      April 14, 2022 REMOTE: Abby Geni- The Elements of Story
      April 14, 2022 ONSITE: Abby Geni- The Elements of Story
      April 07, 2022 ONSITE - Rick Kaempfer and David Stern-The Mysterious World of Hybrid Publishing
      April 07, 2022 REMOTE: Rick Kaempfer and David Stern-The Mysterious World of Hybrid Publishing
      March 31, 2022 REMOTE: Frances De Pontes Peebles- Time in Fiction
      March 31, 2022 ONSITE - Frances De Pontes Peebles- Time in Fiction
      March 24, 2022 ONSITE - John McCarthy- Image and Emotional Information
      March 24, 2022 REMOTE: John McCarthy- Image and Emotional Information
      March 17, 2022 ONSITE - Emily Gray Tedrowe- Crafting Strong Dialogue
      March 17, 2022 REMOTE: Emily Gray Tedrowe- Crafting Strong Dialogue
      March 10, 2022 REMOTE: Megan Stielstra- The Body Intervenes: Creative Nonfiction and the Body
      March 10, 2022 No Longer ONSITE - Megan Stielstra- The Body Intervenes: Creative Nonfiction and the Body
      March 03, 2022 Caitlin Horrocks: Shell Games,with Jennifer Egan Joining for Q and A After the Break
      February 24, 2022 Jane Satterfield and Ned Balbo- Ekphrastic Poetry
      February 17, 2022 REMOTE only: Joseph Scapellato -My Novel Is Falling Apart! Practical Strategies for Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
      February 17, 2022 No Longer ONSITE - Joseph Scapellato-My Novel Is Falling Apart! Practical Strategies for Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
      February 10, 2022 REMOTE: Christina Clancy- The First Twenty Pages: How to Wow an Agent or Editor with a Strong Beginning.
      February 10, 2022 REMOTE: Abby Geni- The Elements of Story Cancelled, Christina Clancy will be the speaker.
      February 03, 2022 REMOTE: Michael Zapata- The Reality-Inventing Power of Structure
      January 27, 2022 REMOTE: Audrey Niffenegger- Imaginary Friends: Building Relationships Between Fictional Characters
      January 20, 2022 REMOTE: Jay Bonansinga- The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Writers
      January 13, 2022 REMOTE ONLY: Mary Ruth Clarke - High Drama Scene Contest (Turn the Page Series, Session #3)
      January 06, 2022 REMOTE ONLY: Ian Belknap - Prospector of the Past: Unearthing the Gold in Your Lived Experience
      December 16, 2021 ONSITE - Leonard Rubin- Defaming, Ridiculing, Disparaging: How Far Can a Writer Legally Go?
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      December 09, 2021 Alice B. Mc Ginty-The Psychological Connection: Emotional Power in Writing
      December 02, 2021 Heather Sellers- The Art of Reflection
      November 18, 2021 Christine Sneed- "Let's Make a Scene" (Turn the Page Session #2)
      November 11, 2021 Susan Scarf Merrell-The Outline Tells You Everything
      November 04, 2021 Denny S. Bryce-2021 Book Marketing: Online All-The-Time or What?
      October 28, 2021 Charles Baxter-Captain Happen: Some Notes on Narrative Urgency (Turn the Page session #1)
      October 21, 2021 Samantha MacLeod-Writing Sex Scenes You’ll Respect in the Morning
      October 14, 2021 Taylor Byas-The Pantoum and the Sonnet
      October 07, 2021 Kristin A. Oakley- Creating Unforgettable Characters
      September 30, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction Session Four
      September 23, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction Session Three
      September 09, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction Session Two
      September 02, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction $35 Four Pack Value
      September 02, 2021 Fred Shafer- Silence in Fiction Session One
      August 12, 2021 Thomas Tepper: Learning from "A White Heron"by Sarah Orne Jewett
      June 17, 2021 Peter Hoppock:What Makes Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” So Good?
      June 03, 2021 Elizabeth Wetmore: Setting and Place
      May 27, 2021 Rebecca Makkai - You Talkin’ to Me? The 'Ear' of the Story
      May 20, 2021 Jennifer Solheim - Getting from Abstract to Concrete in Fiction (or, How to Make the Political Personal)
      May 13, 2021 Zachary Martin - The Paths to Publication
      May 06, 2021 Caitlin Horrocks: Confessions! With Christina Baker Kline in 2nd Half Q/A
      April 29, 2021 Dean Bakopoulos - The Reason Life is So Strange: Some Thoughts on Options
      April 22, 2021 Vu Tran: From Premise to Promise
      April 15, 2021 Natalie Bakopoulos - The I Who Writes and the I on the Page: Strategies in First-Person Narration
      April 08, 2021 Esther Hershenhorn - The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same! Writing and Publishing Children’s Books Today
      April 01, 2021 Kathleen Rooney - A Flash in the Pan: Getting Started on Short-Short Fiction and Nonfiction
      March 25, 2021 Rachel Swearingen - Move Me: Strategies for Getting Unstuck and Energizing Your Prose
      March 11, 2021 Ian Belknap: Freshening Language
      March 10, 2021 Abby Geni- The Element of Story
      March 04, 2021 Kimmery Martin: Building a Writer’s Platform
      February 25, 2021 John McCarthy - Mess Up Your Sentences (Correctly): Writing Imaginative, Emotive, and Engaging Syntax
      February 18, 2021 Nadine Kenney Johnstone: Mining Your Memories
      February 11, 2021 Chen Chen: Elegy in a Time of Pandemic
      February 04, 2021 Agent-Editor Panel: Publishing from Both Sides
      January 28, 2021 Mary Ruth Clarke - Back by Popular Demand: The Compelling Scene Contest
      January 21, 2021 Patricia McNair: Ordinary Moments, Extraordinary Content
      January 14, 2021 Libby Fischer Hellman: Building Suspense
      January 07, 2021 Matthew Bird - Believe, Care, Invest
      December 17, 2020 Ignatius Valentine Aloysius - Digging Deep into Revision
      December 03, 2020 Brian Turner - Writing the Impossible: Navigating Love & Loss in Language
      November 19, 2020 Jane Huffman: Poetry for Prose Writers
      November 12, 2020 Charles Baxter: Wonderlands in Fiction
      November 05, 2020 Keetje Kuipers - Outsiders Writing the Outside
      October 29, 2020 Goldie Goldbloom - Conveying Emotion and Mood: The Music and Rhythm Of Sentences
      October 22, 2020 Megan Stielstra - Sprung from Necessity: On Urgency and the Personal Essay
      October 15, 2020 Joseph Scapellato - When What They Want Is Not Enough: Alternative Approaches to Character
      October 08, 2020 Christina Clancy: Creating Characters Who Step Off the Page
      October 01, 2020 Marcelo Hernandez Castillo - Poetry of Abundance: Exploring the Contemporary Long Poem
      September 24, 2020 Fred Shafer - The Experiments the Reader Doesn’t See ( Session 4)
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      September 17, 2020 Fred Shafer - The Experiments the Reader Doesn’t See ( Session 3)
      September 10, 2020 Fred Shafer - The Experiments the Reader Doesn’t See ( Session 2)
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      May 21, 2020 Amy Hassinger - Voice: The Solo Symphony- Remote Session
      May 14, 2020 Just Added: Ellen Bass - From Detail to Discovery
      May 07, 2020 Joanna Mackenzie/Marcy Posner - Finding Your Agent 101- Remote Session
      April 30, 2020 Jane Hertenstein - The Memoir/Fiction Hybrid: Writing that Doesn’t Fit a Category- Remote Session
      April 23, 2020 Brian Turner: 10 Tools from the Writer's Rucksack
      April 16, 2020 Jennifer Solheim - Sounds and Silences Remote Session
      April 02, 2020 Ben Hoffman - Strangeness and Originality -Special Remote Evening Session
      March 26, 2020 Mark Belden-Writing From Abundance Remote Session
      March 19, 2020 Abby Saul - What You Should Know About Genre and Comparative Titles( Remote Session)
      March 12, 2020 Frances de Pontes Peebles - The 23rd Draft: The Art and Logic of Revision
      March 05, 2020 Ines Bellina - Social Media for Your Writing Life
      February 27, 2020 Rachel Jamison Webster - The Inner Argument
      February 20, 2020 John McCarthy - Transcending the Narrative: reimagining how we write emotions in poetry and prose
      February 13, 2020 Kate Hannigan - Tapping Your Inner Ten-Year-Old: Writing Fiction and Nonfiction for Young Readers
      February 06, 2020 Sophie Lucido Johnson - It's Kind of Funny, Actually: The Basics of Humor Writing
      January 30, 2020 Mary Ruth Clarke - The Scene's The Thing: Compelling Scene Workshop and Contest
      January 23, 2020 Stuart Dybek- Poetry for Fiction Writers: What Fiction Writers Can Learn from Poems
      January 16, 2020 Eric Rampson - Give as Good as You Get: The Workshop Workshop
      January 09, 2020 Eileen Favorite - Writing the Novel Synopsis
      January 02, 2020 Goldie Goldbloom - The Poetics of Place: Making Landscape Essential to Fiction (rather than a boring digression)
      December 19, 2019 Rebecca Makkai - Researching Into the Void
      December 12, 2019 David Berner - Don’t Think; Just Write: How to Stop Overanalyzing and Simply Tell a Good Story
      December 05, 2019 Patricia McNair - In Love and Kissing in the Dark: A Short Story Workshop
      November 21, 2019 Nadine Kenney Johnstone - Write Your Truth
      November 14, 2019 Will Boast - Play It Another Way: Experimenting with Tone
      November 07, 2019 Zoe Zolbrod - Deeper than the Sum of its Parts -SPECIAL OFF-SITE EVENING SESSION
      October 31, 2019 Sara Connell - Every Story is a Ghost Story
      October 24, 2019 Vu Tran - What's In a Character
      October 17, 2019 Randy Nichols - Find Yourself on the Write Side of the Law
      October 10, 2019 Jac Jemc - The Unifying Power of Motif
      October 03, 2019 Joe Scapellatto - Prose Poetics: Letting Your Sentences Sing
      September 26, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - Session 4
      September 19, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - Session 3
      September 12, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - Session 2
      September 05, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - 4 PACK
      September 05, 2019 Fred Shafer - The Two Plots - Session 1
      May 30, 2019 Abby Geni- Writing a Literary Thriller
      May 23, 2019 Matthew Bird- Crafting Compelling Scenes and Meaningful Themes
      May 16, 2019 Emily Clark Victorson, Andrea Hall, and Anna Michels- Meet the Editors
      May 09, 2019 Michelle Fallkoff-Dialogue Tips for Young Adult and Adult Fiction
      May 02, 2019 Sharon Darrow-Emotion and Revision: Finding the "Emotional Core" of Character in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
      April 25, 2019 Jennifer Solheim-Want to Improve your Writing? Rx: Read Like a Writer
      April 18, 2019 Jay Rehak- Publishing Cohort-Written Fiction: Putting it Together
      April 11, 2019 Mary Anne Mohanraj- Writing the Taboo
      April 04, 2019 Kelly McNees- Create Conflict that Propels your Plot
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      March 21, 2019 Abby Saul and Tina Schwartz-The Agent Challenge
      March 14, 2019 Joseph Scapellato-Finding Shape and “Stepping Up”: Practical Alternatives to Plotting Fiction
      March 07, 2019 Mary Robinette Kowal - Conceptualizing the Modern Short Story
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      February 21, 2019 Jay Bonansinga - Storytelling Fundamentals for the Digital Era
      February 14, 2019 John S. Green - Book Readings That Sell Your Book
      February 07, 2019 Rebecca Makkai - We Need To Talk
      January 24, 2019 Stuart Dybek- Closure
      January 17, 2019 Richard Thomas - Writing Short Stories: The Art, The Structure, and Why You Should
      January 10, 2019 Sara Connell - 21 Ways to Get Published
      January 03, 2019 Jay Rehak -Team-Writing an Episodic Novel
      December 27, 2018 Rebekah Frumkin - Writing Humor
      December 20, 2018 Jane Hertenstein - Holiday Flash
      December 13, 2018 Emily Tedrowe– Taking Character Development to the Next Level
      December 06, 2018 Mary Ruth Clark - Writing Cinematic Scenes
      November 29, 2018 Patricia McNair - Is it Hot in Here or Is It Just My Writing? How to Handle Sex on the Page
      November 15, 2018 Steven Trumpeter - Radical Revision
      November 08, 2018 Goldie Goldbloom - When All the World Was Green: the Deep Mystery of Gorgeous Fiction
      November 01, 2018 Rebecca Johns - Diving Deep into Three Act Structure
      October 25, 2018 Vu Tran - What Movies Can Teach Us As Writers
      October 18, 2018 Kelly McNees - Muscle Up a Sagging Middle:How to Build and Sustain Page-Turning Momentum
      October 11, 2018 Hannah Gamble - Resistance in Writing
      October 04, 2018 Amanda Goldblatt - Associative Structures: Making Relationships & Resonance
      September 27, 2018 Fred Shafer- The Music of Sentences #4
      September 20, 2018 Fred Shafer- The Music of Sentences #3
      September 13, 2018 Fred Shafer- The Music of Sentences #2
      September 06, 2018 Fred Shafer- The Music of Sentences #1
      September 06, 2018 Fred Shafer-The Music of Sentences 4 Pack 2018-2019 Members Only
      May 31, 2018 Kelly McNees- Writing Great Endings
      May 24, 2018 Keir Graff - Book Reviews and the Library Market
      May 17, 2018 David W. Berner — Writing Great Beginnings
      May 10, 2018 Sarah Terez Rosenblum - Writing Sex - Off-Site Evening Event
      May 03, 2018 Jac Jemc — Haunting as Narrative Driver and Resonance Builder - Evening Event
      April 26, 2018 Abby Saul & Tina P. Schwartz - Agent Hunting 101
      April 19, 2018 Mary Anne Mohanraj - Writing Complex Identities
      April 12, 2018 Barbara Barnett and Richard Davidson - The Path to Publishing Success
      April 05, 2018 Amy Hassinger - What is Creative Non-Fiction and Why is it the Next Big Thing in Your Writing Life?
      March 29, 2018 Abby Geni - Making Revision Manageable
      March 22, 2018 Peter Ferry - Never Give Up: The Writing, Resting, Shopping, Despairing, Evolution and Redemption of a Short Story
      March 15, 2018 Matt Bird - Writing for Strangers
      March 08, 2018 Susanna Calkins - Bringing in Research While Telling a Compelling Tale
      March 01, 2018 Nadine Kenney Johnstone - Make Your Story Meaningful
      February 22, 2018 Mary Ruth Clarke-Adapting Fiction for the Performing Arts: Is It a Play? TV Show? Movie?
      February 15, 2018 Jay Bonansinga - Writing the Modern Page-Turner
      February 08, 2018 Stuart Dybek - Rewriting Is Telling Yourself The Story Again and Again and Again
      February 01, 2018 Natasha Tarpley - Writing For and About Children of Color
      January 25, 2018 Goldie Goldbloom - Meet Your Conflicts Head On!
      January 18, 2018 Hannah Gamble - "Moves" to Spice Up Your Writing: Using the Absurd to Convey Emotional Truths
      January 11, 2018 Richard Thomas - What Editors Look for in Short Fiction: Key Elements Paired with Your Unique Voice
      January 04, 2018 Amy Jo Cousins - Hot Romance on a Cold Winter Day
      December 14, 2017 Jennifer Solheim - Shake Up your Thinking with the Tools of Oulipo: Generate New Work or Reenvision Character, Scene, Plot and More in Works-in Progress
      December 07, 2017 Eric Rampson - Go Do The Voodoo That You Do So Well: Finding (and Using) the Fun in Your Writing
      November 30, 2017 Zoe Zolbrod - Using Your Personal Life to Enrich Your Writing
      November 16, 2017 Kelly McNees - Five Elements Essential to Snagging an Editor's Interest
      November 09, 2017 Esther Hershenhorn - Children’s Book Writing Group 101: The WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW!
      November 02, 2017 Rebecca Johns - Creating Characters- Off-Site Evening Event
      October 26, 2017 Christine Sneed - The Writer's Voice
      October 19, 2017 Jamie Freveletti - Tips from an International Best-Selling Author
      October 12, 2017 Rebecca Makkai - I'm Stuck
      October 05, 2017 Lori Rader-Day - Point of View, Your Story's Foundation
      September 28, 2017 Fred Shafer 30th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon
      September 28, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited Session 4
      September 21, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited Session 3
      September 14, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited Session 2
      September 07, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited
      September 07, 2017 Fred Shafer - Showing vs Telling Revisited Member 4 Pack
      May 25, 2017 Rebecca Makkai - Making a Scene
      May 18, 2017 Abby Geni - Setting & Description
      May 11, 2017 Lori Rader Day - Using Mystery Tools for Any Story
      May 04, 2017 Christine Sneed - Breaking Into the Literary Fiction Market
      April 27, 2017 Ellen T. McKnight - Best of Both: Plot and Pace with Depth
      April 20, 2017 Ellen T. McKnight - Best of Both: Depth and Artistry with Plot
      April 13, 2017 Ellen Blum Barish - Identifying Your Writer’s Voice
      April 06, 2017 Frances De Pontes Peebles - Keeping The Pace
      March 30, 2017 Jamie Freveletti - Writing Action and Conflict
      March 23, 2017 Mary Robinette Kowal - The Rest of the Cast
      March 16, 2017 Abby Saul - Copy that Sells Your Book
      March 09, 2017 Mare Swallow - Building Your Literary Community
      March 02, 2017 Zoe Zolbrod - Strategies for Structuring Memoir and Long Narratives
      February 23, 2017 Randy Richardson - The Art of Self-Promotion *SPECIAL EVENT*
      February 16, 2017 Patricia McNair - The Writer's Road Trip
      February 09, 2017 Rachel Harvith - Make Your Dialogue Work
      February 02, 2017 Sarah Hammond - The Big Idea
      January 26, 2017 Susanna Calkins - Critiquing and Being Critiqued
      January 19, 2017 Shawn Shiflett - Building Characters From Real People
      January 12, 2017 Christine Maul Rice - How to develop your unique voice on the page
      January 05, 2017 Eric Rampson - Creating and Using Humor
      December 15, 2016 Richard Thomas - Neo Noir and the Fiction of Darkness
      December 08, 2016 Peter Ferry - Character Devolpment
      December 01, 2016 Samantha Hoffman - The Art of Revision
      November 17, 2016 Christine Sneed - Conflict in Genre v. Literary Fiction
      November 10, 2016 Dana Kaye - Launch Your Own Publicity Campaign
      November 03, 2016 Jennifer Day - Reading, Writing and the Value of Literary Criticism *SPECIAL EVENT*
      October 27, 2016 Rebecca Johns - Structuring Your Novel *Special Event*
      October 20, 2016 Jane Hertenstein - Flash Memoir
      October 13, 2016 Jennifer Rupp - Book Readings That Sell Your Book
      October 06, 2016 Rebecca Makkai - Build It Up
      September 29, 2016 9/29 Fred Shafer - The Role of Questions in Fiction Writing
      September 22, 2016 9/22 Fred Shafer - The Role of Questions in Fiction Writing
      September 15, 2016 9/15 Fred Shafer - The Role of Questions in Fiction Writing
      September 08, 2016 Fred Shafer - The Role of Questions in Fiction Writing
      August 25, 2016 OCWW Summer Prompt Session
      May 26, 2016 Rebecca Makkai — Ending It All
      May 19, 2016 David Michael Kaplan — Revising Prose For Power and Punch
      May 12, 2016 Stuart Dybek — How To Write Stories That Are Smarter Than You Are
      May 05, 2016 James Sherman — Playwrighting
      April 28, 2016 Neil Tesser — Seeing The Music
      April 21, 2016 Kelly James-Enger—Six-Figure Freelancing
      April 14, 2016 Scott Onak — Free Your Writing
      April 07, 2016 Ellen T. McKnight—Orchestrating Tension
      March 31, 2016 Andy Nathan—Blogging for Your Business
      March 24, 2016 Tina Schwartz—Top Five Questions Writers Most Frequently Ask
      March 17, 2016 Paul McComas—Stories in the Spotlight
      March 10, 2016 Meade Palidofsky — Memoir Theatre
      March 03, 2016 Jill Pollack — The Science of Stories
      February 25, 2016 Wendy McClure — Craft & Revision
      February 18, 2016 Richard Chwedyk—Why Science Fiction Matters
      February 11, 2016 Scott Whitehair — Presentation Styles
      February 04, 2016 Cheryl Besnjak - Copyright Law
      January 28, 2016 Andy Nathan - Internet Marketing
      January 14, 2016 Pitch to Your Peers
      December 17, 2015 OCWW Holiday Party
      December 10, 2015 Esther Hershenhorn: Writing for Children
      December 03, 2015 Rick Watkins on Character: The True Essence of Story
      November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving
      November 19, 2015 Writing the Next Chapter
      November 12, 2015 Allie Pleiter: Dynamic Dialogue
      November 05, 2015 Jody Nye: Structuring Your Novel
      October 29, 2015 Paul McComas: Beginning Hooks
      October 22, 2015 Paul McComas: Meaningful Memoir
      October 18, 2015 OCWW Meet & Greet

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