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Speculative Summer Workshop (Zoom)

Speculative Summer Workshop
 
Bring your space invaders, ghost ships, and hidden treasures to this
relaxed and supportive virtual monthly workshop for writers of fantasy,
sci-fi, horror, weird, speculative, or genre-mash ups.  Workshop hours
will include excerpt readings, feedback, and discussions of participant
submissions.  Long fiction and short stories welcome. Participants are
asked to limit total submission length to fifteen pages (approximately 5
pages per workshop). Space is limited, register early.

Process: Send a maximum of 15 pages to LitYoungstown@gmail.com by
May 11; early reading encouraged/optional for participants.
What’s Your Story? Introductions and Project Overviews: May 11

Speculative Summer Workshop. Adults & teens. 2nd Tuesdays, May 11-August 10, 7:00-8:30 PM EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $25 (scholarships are available). Please register here before May 10. Limited seating.

Meet the Teaching Artist: An admirer of strange wonders, sleights of hand, and carousels, E. F. Schraeder writes poetry and fiction that is often inspired by not quite real worlds. Schraeder’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Pulp Modern, Mystery Weekly Magazine, and other journals and anthologies.

Fall Lit Fest 2021 Registration Opens

Are you a reader, writer, editor, publisher, or educator of the literary arts? We hope you will join us for the 5th annual Fall Literary Festival in Youngstown, Ohio, October 7-9.

This year’s conference theme is “Our Shared Story” and we are thrilled to host visiting writers Ross Gay (poet & essayist, Indiana University), Jan Beatty (poet & memoirist, Chatham University), Matt Forrest Esenwine (children’s author, New Hampshire), Bonnie Proudfoot (novelist & poet, Hocking College), & Mike Geither (playwright, Cleveland State University).

Seventy-three presenters from throughout the U.S. will present on many aspects of reading, understanding, writing, editing and publishing creative works. Please visit the Fall Literary Festival page to register and learn more, as we continue to add details and information. Hope to see you there!

This event is made possible with major funding from The Centofanti Foundation.

A Great Villain Kills It (Zoom)

A Great Villain Kills It

This workshop is focused on addressing villainy: crafting believable villains, looking at how they direct the story, and using 3-dimentional baddies vs evil for evil’s sake. The goal will be for writers to craft or improve on a villain in a piece of fiction they are working on.

A Great Villain Kills It. Adults & teens. Saturdays, June 5-26, 10:00 AM to noon EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $25 (scholarships are available). Please register here before June 1.

Meet the teaching artist: N.P. Stokes holds a Bachelor’s in English from Youngstown State University. He is writer of realism, creative fiction, and poetry, as well as literary criticism. His works have been published in The Penguin Review, and he is the prose editor for Volney Road Review. 

Summer Mini Writing Camps! Limited Seating

Thanks to the generous offer of a few local backyards, we are going to meet in person for two summer mini writing camps. Seating is strictly limited, and we will follow safety protocols in place in June. Rain or shine. Kids under 12 are welcome with an adult. Thank you, and see you soon! We’ll have fun writing activities and snacks. We’re looking forward to writing with you!

Summer Mini Writing Camp 1
Saturday, June 12 1:00-4:00 pm. Limit 20. Register here.

Summer Mini Writing Camp 2
Saturday, June 26 1:00-4:00 pm. Limit 30. Register here.

Writing Partner Speed Dating

Writing Partner Speed Dating

Writing partners can be an essential tool in a writer’s belt; they keep you accountable, share in your grievances, and help you improve your skills. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the benefits of having a writing partner, how to build a bond with another writer, and different strategies of keeping in touch with each other. Afterwards, we’ll host a “speed dating” session, where you’ll have the chance to meet your new ally in writing.

Writing Partner Speed Dating. Adults & teens. Friday, June 18, 5:00 to 7:00 PM EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $15 (scholarships are available). Please register here before June 15.

Meet the Teaching Artist: McKayla Anne Rockwell is a Youngstown-born writer currently attending and teaching at YSU. She has several short publications and ample experience working with Youngstown-based literary journals, including Volney Road Review and Jenny Magazine.

Believe It or Not? Writing Surreal, Weird, and Speculative Worlds (Zoom)

Believe it or Not? Writing Surreal, Weird, and Speculative Worlds

If your writing contains out-of-this-world elements or the suspension of disbelief is key to your project, this workshop is designed to help you craft plausible speculative fiction. From space invaders, underworld adventures, to the supernatural, we will examine examples and strategies that make the impossible believable. Bring a concept or project overview to discuss. Fiction. Adults and teens, all experience levels welcome.

Believe it or Not? Adults & teens. Tuesdays, March 30-April 20, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $25 (scholarships are available). Please register here before March 27.

Meet the Teaching Artist: An admirer of strange wonders, sleights of hand, and carousels, E. F. Schraeder writes poetry and fiction that is often inspired by not quite real worlds. Schraeder’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Pulp Modern, Mystery Weekly Magazine, and other journals and anthologies.

Workshop: Writing About Identity and the Fractured Self (Zoom)

Writing About Identity and the Fractured Self

In this workshop we will read and write pieces dealing with identity and how we understand our sense of self via an array of topics related to the fractured identity including heritage, sense of place etc. Examined works include those of Scott Russell Sanders, Mary Karr and Mark Doty.

Writing About Identity and the Fractured Self. Adults & teens, all experience levels welcome. Saturdays, March 20-April 17, 10:00 AM to noon, on Zoom. Course fee is $25 (scholarships are available). Please register here before March 13.

Meet the Teaching Artist: Anastasios Mihalopoulos holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and English from Allegheny College. His thesis in creative nonfiction was titled, Distillations: Essays on Science and Singularity in the Self. He attended the Writing Workshops in Greece (WWIG) and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing through the Northeast Ohio MFA program.

Teen Writers Workshop (Zoom)

Teen Writers Workshops are informal, respectful gatherings for writing and creative expression. All experience levels welcome. Teens only, please. Monday, March 8, 7:00-8:30 PM EST. Attend any number of workshops after registering here.

Meet the teaching artist: James Winter is an Associate Professor of English at Kent State University. His work has won the CRAFT Short Fiction Prize, a Pushcart Special Mention, an Honorable Mention for the J.F. Powers Prize, and was a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. He has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and published in One Story, Salamander, PANK Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and Dappled Things, among others.

Many thanks to James for leading this workshop! Carrie George will return in June.

Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs Poetry Writing Workshop (Zoom)

Coming Back to Your Senses: Writing with Awareness

With so much of our lives spent in the disembodied world online, this poetry intensive will focus on reconnecting you to your senses, encouraging greater awareness of yourself and your environment, and strengthening your poems by helping them sing with the texture of the well-observed world. Through a combination of close-readings of writers both old and new, generative exercises, and traditional workshops, this generative session will help writers refresh their senses and descriptive powers through a deep practice of awareness and an unflinching dedication to scrubbing away one’s preconceived notions of a thing in order to see it anew.

Sunday, March 28, 7:00-8:30. Limited seating. Register for this free workshop here.

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister and Fanny Says. She lives in Asheville, NC, where she volunteers at several animal sanctuaries. To Those Who Were Our First Gods, a chapbook of poems about these animals, won the 2018 Rattle Prize, and her essay-in-poems, The Donkey Elegies, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020. In 2021, Spruce Books of Penguin Random House published Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire, a book she co-authored with her wife Jessica Jacobs, and they regularly teach generative writing sessions together as part of the SunJune Literary Collaborative.

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen and Goldie Awards, and Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, winner of the New Mexico Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal, she lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse).

Teen Writers Workshop February 8

Teen Writers Workshop (Zoom)
2nd Mondays 7-8:30: February 8

Teen Writers Workshops are informal, respectful gatherings for writing and creative expression. All experience levels welcome. Teens only, please. Register here once, attend any number of workshops.

Meet the teaching artist: James Winter is an Associate Professor of English at Kent State University. His work has won the CRAFT Short Fiction Prize, a Pushcart Special Mention, an Honorable Mention for the J.F. Powers Prize, and was a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. He has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and published in One Story, Salamander, PANK Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and Dappled Things, among others.

Many thanks to James! Carrie George will return in June.