Book Festival
May 19, 2018 10am - 6pm
City Hall
Book Festival
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
City Hall

Writing Workshops for Adults and Teens

Quick List

The following is a list of workshops from the 2014 Festival. While we're working on planning workshops for 2015, we left this list here so you can get a sense of the types of programs we host. For updates on upcoming workshops and others programs, make sure to subscribe to our Newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Workshop Details

College Admissions Essay Writing: Writing Your Way into College!

Presented by: Mason Henderson
Time: 10:00-10:55am

In this workshop Writopia instructors will help college bound high schoolers identify unique and meaningful personal stories and tell them in their authentic voices. Instructors provide guidance on structure and editing and will help students explore themes, expand on ideas and create drafts.

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Haiku To Go

Presented by: Melanie Figg
Time: 2:00-2:55pm

New to poetry or want to strengthen your muscles with language? Join us for a fun crash course in the basic rules and challenges of haiku—that little 17-syllable Japanese form about nature. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss images and practice paring down our thoughts to fit into the haiku form. Then, everyone will have a chance to write a haiku of their own. If there’s time, we’ll share a few and get some tips for revising our tiny poems. Bring your notebook and a sense of play!

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How to Write Winning Short Stories

Presented by: Nancy Sakaduski
Time: 4:00-4:55pm

What do writing contest judges and publishers look for? Publisher, editor, and contest organizer Nancy Sakaduski will share insider tips about judging criteria, opportunities and pitfalls, contest red flags, and how to create a “wow” factor that will make your story stand out from the others. Learn how to write the kinds of short stories that win contests and get published from the author of How to Write Winning Short Stories.

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Intro to Fiction

Presented by: Con Lehane
Time: 12:00-12:55pm

In this hands-on workshop you'll first learn about the basic structure of a story, followed by an exercise that calls for turning memory into fiction. After briefly discussing what you come up with, and the difference between what happens in life and what happens in fiction, you'll write a 500-word draft of a story. You will leave with a story writing process you can use going forward.

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Mystery Writing

Presented by: Alan Orloff
Time: 1:00-1:55pm

If you’ve always wanted to write a mystery novel but didn’t know where to start, this sample workshop is for you. We’ll examine characteristics of the many subgenres (thrillers, too!) and learn about mystery-specific conventions and pitfalls such as TSTL syndrome, macguffins, red herrings, killer twists, wacky sidekicks, and smooth clue-dropping, among others. Fun, educational, and… mysterious!

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Promoting Your Book (Author PR Toolkit)

Presented by: Cherrie Woods
Time: 3:00-3:55pm

Learn how to develop a strong "Author PR Toolkit" by choosing the right book cover, head shot, bio, book synopsis, website, and social media channel for promoting your book.

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Teen Creative Writing

Presented by: Lucinda Marshall
Time: 4:00-4:55 pm

Using participatory writing prompts, you will have an opportunity to experience and learn more about techniques that can assist you in your creative writing. As time allows, you will have a chance to share your work and receive feedback.

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Thinking Like a Child: Explaining the Constitution to Young Readers

Presented by: Syl Sobel
Time: 5:00-5:55pm

Learn how to find, analyze, and interpret documents to explain legal and historical concepts to young readers. This workshop is based on Syl Sobel’s book for children ages 8-12, How the U.S. Government Works, which explains the three-branch structure of the U.S. government as embodied in Articles I, II, and III of the Constitution.

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Writing Children’s Books

Presented by: Mary Quattlebaum
Time: 11:00-11:55am

Have you always wanted to write for children? Then come and join the fun! Award winning children’s author Mary Quattlebaum will guide a discussion on plot, character, audience, and voice as you explore stories for ages 2 to 8 (largely picture books and magazine stories). This workshop will be helpful for adults interested in writing for the children in their lives and/or for publication.

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The Gaithersburg Book Festival is one of the nation's premier literary events, featuring talks and signings by some of the world's top authors, writing workshops, children's activities and performances, literary exhibitors, book sales, music, food, and fun for everyone!
Starts: 05/21/2016 10:00
Duration: 6 hours:
Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD
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