Writers Connection


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Friday Januray 17, 6:30-8:30pm  

If being part of a writing community has crossed your mind, stop by the Library for a bite to eat, great writing resources, fun mixers, and a chance to connect with other writers in a casual environment. The Writers Connection is the 3rd in a 7 part series, Write@Wright. Registration Requested. Walk-ins Welcome. 

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Upcoming events in Wright@Wright

Unlocking Your Writing Potential, workshop with Fred Marion - Sat., February 8, 2-3:30 p.m.

You want to write. You have an idea for a book, or yearn to tell your own story.  Maybe you've started writing but feel like you're getting nowhere. Maybe you're paralyzed by the blank page or screen. If that sounds familiar, you're not alone. Join Fredrick Marion for this afternoon workshop where you'll learn how to get past the most common roadblocks that stop writers from actually writing and hear the brutal truth about Marion's own journey from a repressed writer to a dedicated writer, one with a novel, an agent, and a promising future. 

Fredrick Marion earned an English degree with an emphasis on creative writing from Wright State University.  He currently writes middle grade fantasy inspired by his literary hero, Roald Dahl, and runs DaytonLit.com, a website that promotes literary events in and around Dayton. Learn more about him at FredrickMarion.com


The Art of Editing, workshop with Sharon Short - Sat., March 14, 2-3:30 p.m. 

In most good books, the characters are three dimensional, the plot or subject is intriguing, and the story seems to unfold intuitively. This doesn’t happen by accident, and it rarely happens in a writer’s first draft. The hard work of editing and rewriting can take your novel, story, or memoir from just okay to amazing. Learn the ins and outs of editing, from minor tune ups to major structural or character changes and how to tell which is required for your work. Successful writer, Sharon Short, will help you look at your own work with a critical eye that will improve your writing and increase your chances of working with a traditional publisher.

Sharon Short writes short fiction and personal essays and is the author of several novels, including My One Square Inch of Alaska. As Jess Montgomery, she also write historical mysteries published by Minotaur Books. The first novel in the Kinship Historical Mystery series, THE WIDOWS, is set in 1920s Appalachia and is inspired by Ohio's true first female sheriff. Her next book THE HOLLOWS will be released January 14, 2020. Learn more at sharonshort.com and jessmontgomeryauthor.com


Elements of a Scene, workshop with Meredith Doench - Sat., April 18, 2-3:30 p.m.

Scenes are dramatized moments that engage characters or speakers in action and dialogue. It is one of the essential building blocks of prose writing and can be vital to plot development. Used by both fiction and creative nonfiction writers, scenes pull readers into the work and help them to "see" the characters and the world the writer has developed. This workshop will focus on the important elements needed to write a strong scene and will provide some tips on how to make scenes in your own writing stand out. Come ready to write a scene or two!


Meredith Doench is the author of the award winning Luce Hansen Thriller Series from Bold Strokes Books and is a member of Sisters in Crime: Buckeye Crime Writers and the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Region. She is a lecturer at the University of Dayton where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. Her most recent book, Deadeye, was published in July of 2019. Learn more at meredithdoench.com


The Process of Writing: Tools and Insights, workshop with  Ann Hagedorn -  Sat., May 9, 2-3:30 p.m.

Award-winning nonfiction author Ann Hagedorn will bring alive the writing process, sharing insights about the best methods – practical, philosophical and psychological – that writers can use to develop their ideas into published works. From her wisdom on story structure, daily writing habits, and choosing topics, she will deepen the writer’s understanding of such things as how to establish balance between discipline and creativity, how to overcome writer anxiety, how to enhance the art in nonfiction writing, and more. Born in Dayton and a resident of Oakwood until the ninth grade, Ann will include comments about the influence of Dayton and libraries on her writing life.

Ann Hagedorn is the author of five narrative nonfiction books, with a new one under contract with Simon and Schuster, to be released in 2021.  A former staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, her books are widely reviewed. About her most recent book, The Los Angeles Times wrote, “The strength of The Invisible Soldiers is the impressive depth of Hagedorn's reporting: copious interviews, generous use of sources, and a compelling narrative that focuses on people caught in the crossfire.” 


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