Fall 2019 Writing Workshops

I am super excited about these upcoming writing workshops. There is something for every kind of writer. Join me!

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Sip & Write Workshop at Capitol Cider House 
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Capitol Cider House, 3930 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011
Cost: $25 includes one pour of cider.

Sip on cider and write! In this fun creative writing workshop, we will “write the city” as we celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and textures of Washington, D.C. You will learn techniques for writing a city as a character as you explore your own experiences in the nation’s capital. You will walk away with three new pieces of writing and some new writing buddies.

Strike a Prose: Writing for Justice (nonfiction) – National Portrait Gallery
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or
Friday, October 11, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, 800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

In this creative writing workshop inspired by “The Struggle for Justice“, you will explore themes of democracy, social justice and freedom as you build a blended essay. The exhibition features images of activists and leaders from American movements for social justice. Through reading, discussion and guided writing exercises you will reflect on what it means to fight for something you believe in.

Strike a Prose: Crafting Dialogue (fiction) – National Portrait Gallery
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or
Friday, October 18, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, 800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost:
Free

We will focus on writing dialogue by drawing inspiration from the special exhibition “In Mid-Sentence“, which features some of the most iconic conversations and speeches in 20th century American history. We will also practice composing subtext, diversions and misdirection as we explore how to write about things said and things left unsaid. This workshop will be highly collaborative and interactive.

Strike a Prose: Write from Your Soul (cross-genre) – National Portrait Gallery
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or
Friday October 25, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, 800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

We will view powerful images of the legendary opera singer and activist in the exhibition “One Life: Marian Anderson“. Anderson once said, “Everyone has a gift for something.” In this creative writing workshop, you will reflect on your special gifts, talents and dreams. We will also look at how Anderson fought for civil rights as a black woman and an artist and imagine how we can use art to change the world.

May Writing Workshops

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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
Cost: Free

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.

Strike a Prose: Persistent Women

Date: Thursday May 9, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, May 10, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,800 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

In this writing workshop, we will focus on writing strong female leads, using fiction and nonfiction writing prompts. The writing workshop will be held in connection with “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” and will include guided writing, reading and discussion.

Strike a Prose: Persuasive Essays

Date: Thursday May 16, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday May 17, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,800 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

Using essays by pioneering leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, we will practice the fine art of essay writing, and develop essays that inform and persuade. The writing workshop will be held in connection with “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence and will include guided writing, reading and discussion.

Life as Metaphor: Personal Essay Writing

writing womanLife 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
Washington,DC 20003

Cost: $65 Register

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture

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.

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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.

Raise More Money with Creative Content (Onsite Training)

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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.

 

Build Cultural Understanding through Creative Writing

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.

Contact
Willona M. Sloan
E: willonasloan@gmail.com

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.

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Arts and Culture Writing: How to Build Your Portfolio for Publication

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)
Register: https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353

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.

Write About Music: Get Money

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.

470748637You 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
Register: https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353

Get published.  This is your time.

Summer Writing Workshops!

It’s time to start making money from your writing! Please join me for one of my summer writing workshops at the Bethesda or Capitol Hill locations of The Writer’s Center!

writer with exploding headHow to Write A Lot

Saturday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, D.C.) Open to All Levels Cost: $50 Register: https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353 

Do you find it impossible to squeeze time for creative writing into your hectic life? Well, you can’t publish if you’re not writing. Writing requires discipline and commitment. Here, you will learn how to develop the habits of a successful writer, including how to set and track your writing goals, create a schedule and project plan, and use writing prompts to advance your story or generate new work. We also will do in-class fiction and non-fiction writing exercises designed to show you how to make the most of your writing time. There are no good excuses! This class is for all busy writers.

Break on Through: Breaking into Music Journalism

Saturday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.admin-ajax Location: The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD) Open to All Levels Cost: $80 Register: https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353 Are you interested in breaking into music journalism? Here you will learn how to score interviews with bands and work with record labadmin-ajax (4)els and publicists to review new records. You will learn tips for writing compelling feature stories, artist profiles, and live show reviews. You also will learn how to sell your writing for publication and how to build your own music blog to showcase your work.

Arts and Culture Writing: How to Build Your Portfolio for Publication

(4) Wednesdays, August 6 – August 27, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Location: The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD) Open to All Levels Cost:$135 Register: https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353 admin-ajax (1) Breaking into arts writing takes determination — and good clips. The best way to land your first paying gig is to have a portfolio of reviews and feature stories that demonstrate your skill and writing style. 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 to sell your first story. Students must complete 400- to 500-word writing assignments each week. You will be encouraged to launch your own arts and culture blog.