Open Mic? Yikes! Reading Your Work in Public
Saturday, 10:00A – 1:00P, February 1
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, NC

If you take the stage with sweaty palms and shaking knees, and then read too fast or mumble, this workshop can help you! We’ll look at clips of established writers reading their work and discuss what they do and why it works. Then we’ll cover preparing, pacing, inflection, interpretation and gaining confidence and the realities of the actual reading.

Finally we’ll practice. Please bring a page of prose or poetry that you love by someone else to read first, as well as a page or poem of your own.


Book of Your Heart: Strategies for Writing a Novel
Tuesdays, 6:30P – 9:00P, January 17 – March 10
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, NC

We’ll focus on strategies you need to master when preparing your manuscript for publication: developing your characters; managing plot, point of view, dialogue, and setting; meeting genre expectations; and writing synopses and query letters. We’ll end by discussing how to revise and critique your own work and that of others, how to submit your manuscripts to agent and editors, and when to decide to publish it yourself.