Wednesdays are for Writing

We begin at 6:30pm

1st Wednesday Writer’s Group

Start the month off right (write) with feedback on your work in progress. Open to writers of all levels.

Cost: $0

2nd Wednesday Writing Class

Quick Class. Must reserve your seat by the Tuesday before the class. Classes do fill up – so if you know you want to take a particular class – sign up as soon as possible. 

Cost: $50

3rd Wednesday Write In

We provide a quiet environment for you to get some writing done. This is for adults 18 years of age and older.

Cost: $0

4th Wednesday Writing Class

Quick Class. Must reserve your seat by the Tuesday before the class. Classes do fill up – so if you know you want to take a particular class – sign up as soon as possible. 

Cost: $50

Writing Classes

Quick Classes – $50 

Have you always wanted to take a writing class but can’t find the time? These classes are for you. All classes are for adults 18 years of age and older. If you have a young adult who would like to take the class – they need a guardian’s permission. Both the student and guardian should make an appointment to visit the store and meet Lisa. 

Beginnings 

Learn how to hook your readers from sentence one. Readers have lots of choices – so why should they choose your story? Most will read the first few pages to see if they want to read your work. This class will show you how to give your story a strong start. We will go over what works and what to avoid when writing your story.

Date: July 13, 2022

RSVP by: July 12, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

Characters

Fictional people are as diverse and fascinating as real people. Learn what makes readers want to follow them on their journey and cheer them on. 

Date: July 27, 2022

RSVP by: July 26, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

Conflict

Conflict is fuel for your story. If there is no conflict, there is no story. Writers hear these phrases all the time. So what is compelling conflict and how do you make sure your story has it and not some fake imitation? This class will teach you about page turning conflict.

Date: August 10, 2022

RSVP by: August 9, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

Plot

All good stories have a well thought out sequence of events. The audience expects certain things to happen in the correct order. This class will go over how to plan your story. It will explore what to absolutely include and what to cut.

Date: August 24, 2022

RSVP by: August 23, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

How to Write a Scene

A scene is a single block of story. Usually, it takes multiple blocks to build a complete story. This class will go over how to write a scene that keeps readers engaged. 

Date: September 14, 2022

RSVP by: September 13, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

World Building/ Setting

The setting is the place and time where your story happens. Without setting your characters are nowhere. This class will teach you how to build a believable fictional world (it doesn’t have to exist in the real world – after all, readers read to escape the real world for a little bit).

Date: September 28, 2022

RSVP by: September 27, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

Endings

Have you ever gotten to the end of a book a felt let down? That’s because the writer ended the book incorrectly. They might have ended it too fast, not tied up all the loose ends, they might have dragged it out… or… goodness forbid… closed on a cliff hanger (amateurs! – LOL!). This class will teach you how to avoid those poor endings (and others) that annoy readers.

Date: October 12, 2022

RSVP by: October 11, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

Backstory, Subplot, Minor Characters

Backstory happened before the story begun. Subplot happens parallel to the main plot. And minor characters are often very important to the story and the reader. Think about it… when was the last time you read a book and thought – I hope they tell that character’s story next? These elements need handled with care – in this class you will learn to treat them like a precious commodity.

Date: October 26, 2022

RSVP by: October 25, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

Find Your Writing Spark

Welcome to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Start November off right with a class that inspires and guides you to begin the novel writing process. We’ll go over creative writing basics, pitfalls, and more. Join us!

Date: November 2, 2022

RSVP by: November 1, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

How to Write a Scene

A scene is a single block of story. Usually, it takes multiple blocks to build a complete story. This class will go over how to write a scene that keeps readers engaged. 

Date: November 9, 2022

RSVP by: November 8, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

Tagline, Elevator Pitch, Back Cover Copy, Synopsis 

These are the attention getters. They pull your audience in and make them want to know more. These are for potential readers and movie goers. They are also for potential agents and publishers. And let’s not forget the most important people – your family and friends who want to know, “what are you writing?”

Date: November 16, 2022

RSVP by: November 15, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

Self-Editing

Say the word grammar to most people and watch them cringe. They are either pros who can’t stand reading poor writing (this includes the infamous social media post) or people who want to write well and haven’t grasped all the grammar rules that inundate us. In this class we will go over basic editing rules for writers. 

Date: December 2, 2022

RSVP by: December 1, 2022 @ 4pm

Cost: $50

All classes are taught by Lisa, who earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh

Young Writers

Lisa has experience teaching 3rd – 12th grade creative writing and would be happy to put together a class for young writers.

Please stop by the store to explore the possibilities.

Private Group Classes or Tutoring 

Would you like to take one of our classes but the dates or times don’t work for you?

If you have a group of FOUR or MORE people – you can have a class for your group.

If you have less than four people, Lisa offers tutoring. 

To find out more, stop by the store and speak with Lisa.