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Past Writing Workshops
Your Writer Platform - Hayesville, NC
Promoting your book does not have to involve pushy sales tactics. There are opportunities for writers that help grow their names, earn money, and authentically connect with readers. This is done through a writer's platform--their influence and reputation among a public audience. A book is just one small part of a writer's platform. In this class we will explore different publishing services, basics of a writer’s platform and hear about ways to spread awareness of your writing without having to 'sell sell sell' your book.
What will you learn?
Scents of Creativity & Memory - Pittsboro, NC
Connect to creativity and open emotional blocks through your strongest sense. Essential oils are used as creative prompts in class. Whether you are a writer, artist, or other creative mind, using aromas to stir ideas and memories can help you get closer to the work you do. Essentials oils can help align your health and creative values. Writers will get a bit more out of this class as discussions will focus on literary devices evoked by aromas, literary journal submissions, and self-pub v. traditional publishing options.
Traci Philips, owner of That Certain Way To Wellness, offers Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coaching. Traci specializes in nutrition, detoxification, weight management & empowerment training. For the past two years she has educated on the use of essential oils as a support towards obtaining better health. Traci is truly passionate about helping people make connections between what they put into their bodies & minds and their perceived level of daily vitality & fulfillment.
Tara Lynne Groth is a full-time freelance writer. She is the founder of Triangle Writers, Asheville Writers, and the popular blog Write Naked. She instructed a 10-week course on book marketing at the Osher Institute at Duke University, and most recently received honorable mention in the 2015 Carolina Woman Writing Contest.
Write-In - PITTSBORO & Asheville
A write-in is where we get together for a time to write. There is no critiquing, no group discussions, few distractions. We'll meet in the library's double study room. Plan to write for 60 minutes straight. No need for reading of work aloud. If desired, we'll discuss what we wrote. I'll bring several writing prompt books everyone is welcome to use.
Fall 2014 - Durham
Learn ways to boost creativity and find an audience for your writing. From your first draft to getting a proof copy of your book, this course guides you through the stages of a writing career. Traditional publishing? Self-publishing? E-books? Learn what’s right for you. Find out how to start your writer platform or expand your existing one to reach more readers. Unique creative writing exercises—such as using aromas as writing prompts—are followed by in-depth author marketing sessions, ways to build a following, optimizing your website, and more. Whether you are a poet, journalist, novelist, or memoirist, you will refine your skills and understand new ways to market your words. Expect to do some amount of writing and weekly reading. Please note: Students should bring something to write with and on, according to their personal preference. Pen or pencil and paper, laptop, or tablet/iPad all work fine.
October 2014 - CARY
Legal Panel for Writers
Curious about trademark and copyright issues? Ever wonder what happens to your work after you pass away? Need clarity on tax write-offs for authors? Triangle Writers hosts a panel of attorneys to answer questions about legal issues for writers. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a short Q&A time after the panel.
Who was on the panel?
Ed Timberlake helps individuals resolve trademark and copyright issues before legal problems arise. Samantha Reichle handles estate and tax issues for clients around North Carolina.
Trademark Attorney with Timberlake Law in Carrboro, NC
Ed Timberlake is a former Trademark Examining Attorney at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, a former Copyright Examiner at the U.S. Copyright Office, and a Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law.
Estate Planning Attorney with TrustCounsel in Chapel Hill, NC
Samantha Reichle handles probate and tax matters, drafts and revises estate planning documents, and manages North Carolina estate administration. She attended Duke on a merit-based scholarship and during her enrollment she was a member of the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy for two years and also participated with Phi Beta Kappa. Her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill led to her receipt of a bachelor of arts with Highest Distinction, and the UNC Chancellor’s McNally Award
September 2014 - ASHEVILLE
Writers in the Round
This is not a critique group and not a craft talk! Let's get together and talk about contests, author events, new tools for writers, and more. We will likely discuss publishing trends, writing experiences, who you're currently reading, and writer conferences. This is not a time to critique or sell, so it is pretty relaxed and informative. Depending upon response this may be a recurring event.
July 2014 - RALEIGH
See description below.
May 2014 - RALEIGH
North Carolina poets Tara Lynne Groth, Glenn Cassidy, Bartholomew Barker, Arthur Powers, Angie Kirby, and Pamela Taylor read poems inspired by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' 'Earth Month' celebration.
May 2014 - ASHEVILLE
I organized a few components of Wordfest, including Poet Local and Creative Critique.
March 2014 - RALEIGH
Raleigh Public Relations Society
I was invited to the RPRS lunch meeting to speak about "Writing Words that Work" with tips on how to write press releases for the web, acquire interviews in trade publications and more.
March 2014 - RALEIGH
Aromas & Creativity
See description below.
January 2014 - RALEIGH
(Read more about this class in the Wake County Schools' Lifelong Learning catalog.) Writers write books, but how are these books marketed? Whether traditionally published or self-published, a writer needs to understand their role in author marketing. An author's role has been redefined in the past few years. Once the creative side of writing is done, are authors ready for business? This Author Marketing class helps minimize author frustrations in the book business by reviewing:
November 2013 - ASHEVILLE
Complimentary critique session!
October 2013 - NEW YORK
Write Naked Workshop for Bloggers
American Society of Journalists & Authors in Times Square
Coordinated and hosted by the American Society of Journalists and Authors: Whether you're just starting out or have been blogging for a while, a quality blog requires an understanding of search engine optimization (SEO). And it's constantly changing! This session reviewed “black hat” SEO methods that have removed websites from search engine results, and suggested ways to prevent it happening to you. Also covered: The all-important user experience and the effects of font choice, color psychology, effective layouts based on eye-tracking studies, and how the use of mobile devices is affecting bloggers.
Session leader: ASJA member Tara Lynne Groth, a freelance writer and blogger based in Raleigh, North Carolina who makes her living entirely by the pen. She started the blog Write Naked as a place for writers to understand more about revealing their own voice.
Write Naked Workshop for Bloggers - Western NC
Hosted at the Farm at Weathers Creek. This overnight workshop focused on the best web writing practices for authors to preserve their voices, optimize their websites, and blog effectively and authentically.
February 2012 - Raleigh
Film Techniques for Writers
Storytelling techniques in films can be translated to novels, poetry and memoir. Frame, composition, types of cuts, choice of colors and angles can change the meaning behind a character and their actions. (Tara Lynne holds a B.A. in cinema and cultural studies.) What will you learn?
January 2012 - Asheville
Freelance Writing 101
Brunch and build your writer resume. If you're interested in creating a lucrative cache of writing credits in magazines and newspapers, then this workshop is for you. What will you learn?
October 2011 - Raleigh
Brunch* and learn! Is your manuscript sparkling and waiting to be printed and bound? If you’re considering self-publishing your novel, memoir, non-fiction book or poetry, are you confident you can market your product effectively? Explore different self-publishing services, basics of a writer’s platform and hear about innovations in the publishing industry. Tara Lynne self-published a top-selling travel book last year.
What will you learn?
Websites for Writers 101
Brunch* and build your writer website. Just starting to write professionally and need a wallet-friendly online space to showcase your work? Websites can cost thousands of dollars to create and maintain. Alternatively, you can pay less than $100 for a hosting service, domain and be your own webmaster. Explore different website services, neuromarketing techniques to engage visitors and make an outline for your own website. Tara Lynne is a former Director of Public Relations and Marketing Manager; she creates websites and writes web content for businesses across the country.
What will you learn?
July 2011 - Raleigh
Writing for Magazines and Newspapers 101
Brunch* and build your writer resume. If you're interested in creating a lucrative cache of writing credits in magazines and newspapers, then this workshop is for you. What will you learn?
Writing for Magazines 201
Brunch* and build your writer resume. If you're interested in breaking into bigger markets and exploring syndication options, then this workshop is for you. What will you learn?
*Brunch was included with the workshop fee.
June 2011 - Raleigh
Images and Imagination - Write the Visual
“If you're a careful observer, you don't need a teacher to tell you how something is done.” -Harold Ramis
A single film still can tell a big story. Environment, action (or inaction) and appearance can stimulate various impressions. Writers need to seek stories within a story and look below the surface for the drama that most are oblivious to. Enjoy people watching? If you're interested in tapping into the stories that go unnoticed in your everyday life then this workshop is for you. Recognizable film stills and random photographs will be used to illustrate hidden stories. (Tara Lynne holds a B.A. in cinema and cultural studies.)
What will you learn?
April & October 2011 - Raleigh
Aromas in Creativity
Nature's Pure Essentials in Five Points
Raleigh, North Carolina
Free writing using scents/aromas as writing prompts. A special "creativity potion" was blended specifically for writers based on essential oils that are known to increase creativity.