Scenes are dramatized moments that engage characters or speakers in action and dialogue. Scene writing 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!
Elements of Scene. Tuesday, January 5, 6:30 to 7:30 PM EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $15 (scholarships are available). Register here by January 2.
Meet the Teaching Artist: Meredith Doench is the author of the Luce Hansen thriller series from Bold Strokes Books. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in literary journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Gertrude. Her nonfiction essay “South Carolina, 2012” was nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize by The Tahoma Literary Review. She served as a fiction editor at Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography and is a senior lecturer of writing at the University of Dayton in Ohio.
Many folks write anticipating joy, but instead encounter doubt, fear, or defeat. 2020 was an especially difficult year to cultivate space for creating what we love. With a new year comes new possibility. In this session, we will invigorate writing habits, pursue happiness, and open our eyes to the ways writing can change us… and the world.
Writing for Happiness. Saturday, January 23, 1 to 2 PM EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $15 (scholarships are available). Please register hereby January 18.
Each year, Lit Youngstown’s Board of Directors selects a literary arts nonprofit to send a donation to. It is a meaningful way to support the incredible work being done around the country, ways the literary arts are enhancing lives and communities. This year we will contribute to Book ‘Em Pittsburgh, a nonprofit that supplies books to incarcerated readers.
We were impressed with their mission:
“Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people incarcerated in Pennsylvania by providing free access to educational materials, books and resources. Each month, Book’Em serves approximately 200 prisoners across 35 State and Federal prisons, mailing an average of 500 pieces of reading material.
Since 2000 we have served approximately 33,000 prisoners throughout the state of Pennsylvania. In 2015, we filled 1,934 individual requests from prisoners.”
Last year we selected Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, TN, and in 2018, Lake Erie Ink in Cleveland. Check them out, too! and let us know the literary arts nonprofits that have a special place in your world.
We sure do miss hanging out with the Lit Youngstown community! To that end, we’re starting a monthly Happy Hour. We’ll Zoom until it’s safe to meet around the Valley–there are lots of venues to choose from, and it will be great to support them. Here’s the registration link for December 23, 5:00-6:00.
Let’s celebrate Black children’s book authors and artists! Bring any book written and/or illustrated by a Black author. We will meet on Zoom Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00-7:00 PM EST. Don’t have a book? No worries. Join us. Register for the Zoom room here.
Our December First Wednesday series reading features Heather Dobbins of Fort Smith, Arkansas & Barbara Sabol of Akron, Ohio. Co-hosted by Barbara Marie Minney. Zoom and Facebook Live, Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 PM EST. Open mic to follow (to read in the open mic, please register on Zoom).
Heather Dobbins is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She is the author of two poetry collections, In the Low Houses (2014) and River Mouth (2017), both from Kelsay Press. Her poems and poetry reviews have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, The Pinch, The Rumpus, TriQuarterly Review, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among others.
Barbara Sabol’s second full-length book, Imagine a Town, was awarded the 2019 Sheila-Na-Gig Editions poetry manuscript prize. She is the author of Solitary Spin (Main Street Rag Press) and two chapbooks. Barbara’s poetry has appeared widely in Journals and anthologies. Her awards include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and the Mary Jean Irion Poetry Prize. She lives in Akron, OH with her husband and wonder dogs.
New Book News! We celebrate these writers and the publication of their new books Sunday, December 13 at 3 PM EST – 4 PM EST. Join us on Lit Youngstown’s YouTube channel for a live reading and conversation.