Upcoming Workshops

Write your way to a new year~

Graphic Novels, Children’s Books, & Zines:          

Exploring Illustrated Writing

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April 15; 1-5pm
Instructor:
 A. Kendra Greene, MFA
Tuition: $45 (Early Bird Members through March. 29)
$60 (Members); $90 (Non-members)
*All students required to purchase a separate $5 materials expense ticket.
Not a member of The Writer’s Garret? Join here.

This workshop is for practitioners of text and image—and those who would like to be. Graphic novels, children’s books, zines, and illustrated writing are just a few points on the spectrum of relationships between text and image. We’ll take a wide view of what is possible. Bring what you’ve been working on, even if so far it’s just text or just image, and we’ll discuss what it can become in the next draft. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to come with their favorite papers and drawing tools.

Making a Scene I: A Screenwriting Intensive on Character, Conflict, and Dialogue 

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April 29; 12-5pm
Instructor: Ellen Myers Fontana
Tuition: $85-175 Members, $140-$260 Non-Members
Not a member of The Writer’s Garret? Join here.

Award-winning screenwriter, New York Times best-selling author, and Hollywood producer Ellen Myers Fontana has geared a 2-part Intensive workshop for the aspiring screenwriter on a tight schedule.

Each section can be taken individually, but together, you can build a more comprehensive foundation for completing a professional-quality scene. You can apply these skills later with other Garret screenwriting faculty in an upcoming on-line series intended to lead you through an entire screenplay.

This first section of a weekend Screenwriting Intensive begins by showing how conflict between characters can drive the elements of story and “raise the stakes” for future scenes. Students will understand what goes into creating dynamic characters and dialogue in a way uniquely suited to the screen. Students will read, view, and study several examples of outstanding scenes and then participate in class-written exercises meant to demonstrate your understanding of character, conflict, and dialogue. By the end of this section, attending students will have the knowledge to complete a first draft key scene which can then be workshopped in the Sunday session.

Upon completion of this course you will have the working knowledge and tools to complete a richly textured, complete scene in which you will be able to demonstrate your ability to write dimensional characters, authentic dialogue, and character-driven conflict, all of which reflect the meaning and thematic essence of your story. Your completed scene should be approximately 5 pages in length.

If you attend both sections, you will be expected to bring copies of a completed draft for everyone attending Sunday’s Lab.

Making a Scene II: A Screenwriting Workshop/Lab

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April 30; 12-5pm
Instructor: Ellen Myers Fontana
Tuition: $85-175 Members, $140-$260 Non-Members
Not a member of The Writer’s Garret? Join here.

Award-winning screenwriter, New York Times best-selling author, and Hollywood producer Ellen Myers Fontana has geared a 2-part Intensive workshop for the aspiring screenwriter on a tight schedule.

Each section can be taken individually, but together, you can build a more comprehensive foundation for completing a professional-quality scene. You can apply these skills later with other Garret screenwriting faculty in an upcoming on-line series intended to lead you through an entire screenplay.

Making a Scene II: Workshop / Lab

This second section of the Screenwriting Weekend Intensive focuses on workshopping the scene you wrote in the first Lab, or one which you brought independently to class. We will be sharing, reworking, enriching, and enhancing your fully-drafted scene.

Your scene will be read by all, and group feedback will be given to make it as strong, dynamic, and effective as possible. We will consider the depth of character, obstacles, conflicts, and action, and how you use each of these elements separately and in combination to move your characters closer to or further from their stated goals.

You will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of how all the elements you created in your scene can work together to reflect the theme you are exploring and with which you wish to reach and move the audience.

Strategies in Writing the First Ten Pages

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April 30; 1-4pm
Instructor:
Weina Dai Randel
Tuition: $45 (Early Bird Members through April 13)
$60 (Members); $75 (Non-members)
Not a member of The Writer’s Garret? Join here.

Feel daunted about writing the first ten pages of your novel? Come to this workshop. We’ll discuss the strategies of writing these pages, the types of beginnings in different novels, and the major elements in writing these pages. You’ll learn what approach fits your narrative style and have a better chance to fully engage your readers from the very beginning.

Beyond 21 Celebration

Beyond 21

May 5-7
Beyond 21 Celebration
FREE!

You are invited to join The Writer’s Garret for “Beyond 21,” a Birthday celebration with writers, poets, artists, and other professionals who have contributed to making DFW a thriving literary community.

Here’s to the next 21 years and beyond!

FREE readings, talks, online workshops, youth camps, and more!

Sign up here for updates on our upcoming celebration!

 

The Poetry Masterclass

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June 17; 1-5pm
Instructor: Nathan Brown
Tuition: 
Early Bird $75 (Members only through May 31)
$95 (Members); $120 (Non-members)
Not a member of The Writer’s Garret? Join here.

This workshop walks a poem, or poems, through the full process of creation. . . from topic generation to the application of serious editing tools, and then on to completion. We’ll also concentrate on the nature and importance of performing our poems, as well as certain issues of the publication of individual poems and/or books.

  • Topic generation. . . and generous amounts of writing time

  • Applying “Dunn’s Guillotine” to opening lines

  • Applying “Economou’s Razor” to closing lines

  • Detail and Description… but just the right amount

  • Rethinking titles and first lines

  • Moving from the “general” to the “specific”

  • The Power of Brevity

  • Finding a poem’s “chief desire” and sticking to it

  • How to better perform and share our work

  • Some hard truths about publishing