Date: Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Capitol Cider House, 3930 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20011
Cost: $25 Register here.
Sip and write! As we wind down 2019, we will use the crazy highs and lows of the past year as inspiration for short stories in this fiction-focused writing workshop. We will discuss techniques for creating characters, snappy dialogue and vivid scenes. You will walk away with three new pieces of writing and some new writing buddies. Open to writers of all levels.
Your ticket also includes one pour of cider!
I am super excited about these upcoming writing workshops. There is something for every kind of writer. Join me!
Ida B. Wells-Barnett by Sallie E. Garrity C.1893/courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Strike a Prose: Historical Fiction
Date: Thursday, May 2, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, May 3, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,800 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001
With inspiration from “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” we will create works of historical fiction, addressing themes of history, suffrage, democracy and freedom. The workshop will include reading, discussion and guided writing.
Life is beautiful. It’s also messy. In this personal essay writing workshop, writers will use the messiness of real life for inspiration. Participants will practice drawing from experiences, asking hard questions, and diving in deep to reveal their true selves through their creative work.
Join me for this one-day workshop hosted by The Writer’s Center.
Date: Saturday, June 15, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: The Writer’s Center at Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Cost: $65 Register
Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture explores the beauty and mystery of our world’s ice, and reveals the necessity of ice to our human survival. The project explores the traditions and cultures of people connected to ice from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and raises vital concerns about climate change that can no longer be ignored. As climate change affects the weather and composition of our planet, our ice continues to melt. This reality affects all of us, regardless of where we live.
Untitled by Adriene Hughes
Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture, a website (www.blackcoffeevinyl.com) and literary magazine publication, features art, music and literature by artists living and working in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Canada, Germany, US and more. Mixing poetry, essays, interviews, visual art and sound art, the project explores the myriad of ways ice touches our lives.
As the managing editor and curator for the project, I selected work from more than 400 artists from around the world. The work is diverse and thoughtful. I am grateful to the artists’ for their contributions.
Check out the Black Coffee & Vinyl website, and get your copy of the gorgeous literary magazine here.
Join us for fun and engaging youth writing workshops at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. All workshops are free and open to writers at all levels, according to age.
Image credit: Columbus Day Painting | Titus Kaphar
Creative content has become a critical part of doing business. How well are you telling your organization’s story?
Whether your goal is to motivate your current donors, reach out to new donors, or secure grant funding, you need stories that convey the impact of your programs and services. If you’re not telling stories, you’re leaving money on the table.
In this one-day training, your team will learn:
- Best practices for developing stories that inspire and motivate donors.
- How to find and identify compelling stories.
- How to plan an annual editorial calendar and production schedule.
- How to track and evaluate how well your stories are performing.
Willona Sloan has several years of experience as a writer and content developer working with nonprofit organizations. Learn more about how to create a content culture at our organization.
Contact Willona about bringing this training to your organization.
Willona Sloan is an experienced workshop facilitator from Washington, DC. She teaches creative writing and arts writing workshops, and hosts the Writing with Willona series of literary social events such as happy hours, wine tastings and dinner parties for shy writers who want to have fun. Willona’s workshops are intended to foster dialogue and increase understanding within our global community.
Willona M. Sloan
Available workshop options include:
Teaching writers at Nordic House in Reykjavik. Iceland
One-Day Writing Workshop
In a one-day seminar that combines reading, discussion and guided and independent writing exercises, students will read selections by U.S. writers of color and generate new writing in response to these works.
Multi-week Writing Workshop
Students will be given weekly reading and writing exercises. Students will read and discuss texts, create new writing and develop a creative project.
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Dates: 8/6/2014 – 8/27/2014
The Writer’s Center at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD)
In this four-week class you will learn tips for interviewing artists and musicians; writing art and music reviews; and contacting record labels, publicists and artists.
Through weekly assignments you will learn how to build a professional arts and culture blog to serve as your portfolio, as well as how to market your writing and pitch ideas to publications. Students must complete 400- to 500-word writing assignments each week. You will be encouraged to launch your own arts and culture blog.
You know everything about the underground Finnish hip hop scene. You’re deep into the Angolan death metal scene. You love music and you get it. Now, get paid to write about it.
Join me for my “Breaking into Music Journalism” class next Saturday, July 12, at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.
This a full-day boot camp. We will practice strategies for reviewing music, conducting interviews, and pitching stories to editors.
You will learn how to land the interview, act professional and get the juicy quotes. We’ll discuss how to find your unique style and voice, how to build an engaging story, and how to work with editors. You will also learn how to create your own music blog where you can showcase your work.
Here’s the deets:
Break on Through: Breaking into Music Journalism
Saturday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD)
Open to All Levels
Get published. This is your time.