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January 2016

Editing: Tools of the Trade & Crafting Your 2nd Draft

January 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Philadelphia Free Library Walnut Street West, 40th and Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Finishing your first draft is a daunting task, and one that certainly deserves celebration, but on the road to finishing a book it’s only the first of many steps. Moving forward means locating plot holes, eliminating extra characters, and rewriting favorite scenes. In this seminar, editor JR Wesley will talk about useful tools and how to get started on your second draft, plus offer hands-on guidance about applying what’s been learned.

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Villains and Antagonists: Building the Other Side of the Story

January 30, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Philadelphia Free Library Walnut Street West, 40th and Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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In any story, the hero can only be as epic as his villain. Readers get to know the protagonist through the course of the narrative, but the antagonist is mostly seen as a counterpoint, a force that clashes with the main character’s goals. Getting readers to invest in that struggle means that the antagonist needs to be fully fleshed out so they can push the protagonist to their limits, offering more difficult obstacles and a more intense struggle. Editor JR…

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March 2016

Writers Meet and Greet

March 4, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
2nd Story Brewing, 117 CHESTNUT ST
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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Come out and meet the administrators of the Philadelphia Free Writers Association, a local micropress's Founding Editor, a US Today Best Selling Author, and many other writers of Greater Philadelphia. This event is free to attend but please be prepared to order food and/or drink from our hosts. (2nd Story Brewing is a pub and restaraunt.)

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April 2016

April Panera Sundays

April 3, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jenkintown Panera, 1641 Fairway Valley Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046 United States
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Panera Sundays - NaNoWrimo

It's Camp NaNoWriMo and that means Panera Sundays in Jenkintown are a thing! Established in 2013, the Philly NaNoWriMo organizers have been huge supporters our suburb writing get-togethers. Expect there to be word-wars, plenty of good company, and a motivational atmosphere. (Please be prepared to at least order a coffee!) Just a short walk from either Noble or Rydal Station via Septa trains

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October 2016

Navigating the Narrative: Making the Most of Character Arcs

October 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Philadelphia Free Library Walnut Street West, 40th and Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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writing seminar oct 8 2016 nanowrimo

This FREE seminar will address how to make the most of the choices your characters make, the twists that your plot hooks into, and the way your antagonist reacts to the latest hurdle cleared by the protagonist.

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Story Structure Outlining

October 22, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Philadelphia Free Library Walnut Street West, 40th and Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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writing seminar oct 22 2016 nanowrimo

Outlining fiction stories takes a mix of art, logic, and extrapolating cause and effect. You can outline before your first draft, or your second, but you'll need to do it at least once. Structure based outlines can be used independently or alongside other types of outlines. Their adaptability is one of the best reasons to use them. This seminar will introduce key story plot points and show how to identify them in your own writing. You'll learn strategies for weaving…

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January 2017

Seminar: A Technical Approach to Self-Edits

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Philadelphia Free Library Walnut Street West, 40th and Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Free

Grammar, punctuation, crutch words, dialogue tags, and verb conjugations are just some of the challenges facing writers determined to self-edit. Whether you are cleaning your prose for beta-readers, a writing group, or with the intent of seeking publication, all writers can benefit from this seminar either as a topic introduction or self-editing refresher. Presented in coordination with National Novel Editing Month and the Philadelphia Free Writers Association. Free to attend.

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