The second annual National Dzanc Workshop Day, a charity event benefiting writing programs for school children, is planned for Saturday, April 9.
Creative writers in all genres are invited to participate in the workshop, titled “More Creative Plots, Deeper Characters.” The session will include writing exercises and discussions about craft. Joe Ponepinto and Gwendolyn Jerris will lead the workshop at the Royal Oak Public Library (222 East 11 Mile Rd) from 10 a.m. to noon.
Admission is $30 per attendee, and all proceeds go to Dzanc’s Writers in Residence program, which places professional authors with individual schools or classrooms. The writers return each week to build relationships with students and develop their potential as writers and poets.
Dzanc Books, a nationally known book publisher and writer advocate, is based in Ann Arbor. They are coordinating dozens of similar workshops around the country, all taking place on April 9.
When & Where Royal Oak Public Library 222 East 11 Mile Road Royal Oak, MI 48067 April 9, 2011 - 10am-12pm Admission $30 Registration
Workshop Description This workshop examines the traditional sections of a short story (beginning, middle, end) and shows how an understanding of each of these aspects of structure can result in more creative plots and deeper characters. Through a series of discussions and prompts, we’ll lead attendees through techniques that can expand the possibilities of their writing.
Since this is a morning workshop, we’ll have free coffee and pastries too.
Workshop Leaders Joe Ponepinto is an editor with the Los Angeles Review and holds an MFA in Fiction. His short stories and criticism have been published or accepted for a variety of journals, most recently Vestal Review, Apalachee Review, Stymie, Tottenville Review, and, of course, LAR.
Gwendolyn Jerris is the founder and leader of the fiction writing group Writers by the Woods, which meets in Beverly Hills, MI. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Antioch College and a Secondary (6-12) English and History Teaching Certificate from Wayne State University. She's in her 3rd term at Goddard College, earning an MFA in fiction.
The Writer-in-Residence Program Since 2006, the Dzanc Writer-in-Residence Program has been committed to increasing literacy in public school students in Michigan and beyond. During each school year, Dzanc places a professional author with an individual school or classroom, who returns each week to build a relationship with students and develop their potential as writers and poets.