MagazinesPersonal essays are one of the easiest ways to a reader’s heart. They’re also one of the easiest ways to break into the freelance business. What makes a great personal essay? What makes an essay compelling to a magazine editor? Through lecture, examples, and exercises, participants will learn what it takes to write a thought-provoking, relatable, and marketable personal essay that will grab an editor’s attention and a reader’s heart.

$20/members; $30/nonmembers

Event date 09-27-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 09-27-2017 8:00 pm
Capacity 15
Individual Price $30.00
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dialogueOur characters and their unique voices, are what make readers fall in love with a book. A protagonist’s voice is all he or she has to communicate to the reader, so it’s crucial to give your character a unique and compelling voice. Voices shine through dialogue, which done correctly, will create tension, propel the plot, and give vital insight into our character’s head, heart, and soul. Body language and gestures are also ways to convey voice. Through lecture, instruction, examples, and exercises, participants will learn what it takes to create unique and memorable character voices that will speak volumes to readers.

$20/members; $30/nonmembers

Event date 10-11-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 10-11-2017 8:30 pm
Capacity 15
Individual Price $30.00
$30.00 11

YMCA Retreat CabinEvery fall, members have an opportunity to escape into Rocky Mountain National Park and spend three nights and nearly three days of quiet writing time. What better place to write than in a beautiful setting without any distractions? There aren't any classes or talks, just lots of writing time. Participants also receive a first chapter (or 10 pages of a project) critique by April Moore, to be done after the retreat! 

Event date 10-22-2017 3:00 pm
Event End Date 10-25-2017 10:00 am
Capacity 20
Individual Price $250.00
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