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December 2016 – Scribes

Monthly Archive: December 2016

35th Key West Literary Seminar: Revealing Power – The Literature of Politics

What: Seminar
When: January 12 – 15, 2017
Where: San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West FL

Why: Take part in 4-day seminar includes readings, conversations, lectures, panel discussions. Learn about autobiography/memoir, children’s, fiction, humor, journalism, mystery, nature, non-fiction, playwriting, poetry, publishing, science fiction/fantasy, screenwriting, travel and young adult.

In the words of the organizers:

“Revealing Power” will be a singular literary exploration of power—of those who wield it, those who suffer under it, and those who seek to attain it—and of what power reveals about the human condition. Confirmed speakers are listed below.

Speakers include:

  • Ann Beattie
  • Robert Caro
  • Stephen L. Carter
  • Teju Cole
  • Gail Collins
  • Billy Collins
  • Deborah Eisenberg
  • Garrett Epps
  • Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Joe Klein
  • Rachel Kushner
  • Thomas Mallon
  • Jane Mayer
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Peter S. Onuf
  • George Saunders
  • Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Brenda Wineapple


Key West Literary Seminar: Writers’ Workshop Program

What: Workshop
When: January 16 – 20, 2017
Where: San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West FL


This Writers’ Workshop Program is intended to provide all writers at all stages of development with opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and application requirements. Enrollment is limited to twelve participants per workshop to maintain teacher/student ratio.


  • Jennine Capó Crucet: “No Word Out of Place: Revision from the Ground Up”
  • Billy Collins: “Poetry: Pursuing the Love of Strangers”
  • Marie Myung-Ok Lee: “Writing Irresistible Fiction and Creative Nonfiction”
  • Kristen-Paige Madonia: “Who, What, When, & Why: An Intro to Young-Adult Lit”
  • Michael Maren: “Screenwriting 101”
  • Daniel Menaker: “Good Humor: How to Write Funny”
  • Kate Moses: “Imagining the Real: Transforming Fact into Fiction”
  • Rowan Ricardo Phillips: “Under the Surface: Studying the Music of Your Imagination”



Tennessee Mountain Writers 27th January Jumpstart

Why: Start your year by jumpstarting your fiction or poetry. Workshops with 20 participants will be led by Darnell Arnoult and Bill Brow.

Darnell Arnoult, leading the fiction workshop, is Writer-in-Residence at Lincoln Memorial University and author of the novel Sufficient Grace and What Travels With Us: Poems, winner of the Weatherford Award and SIBA Poetry Book of the Year.

Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Southern Cultures, Southwest Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia. Her second collection, Galaxie Wagon: Poems, is forthcoming from LSU Press in spring 2016. She is co-editor of Drafthorse: A literary Journal of Work and No Work.


Bill Brown will lead the poetry workshop. He has authored nine poetry collections and a writing textbook.

His most recent titles are Elemental, The News Inside, and Late Winter. In 1999 Brown wrote and co-produced the Instructional television series Student Centered Learning for Nashville Public Television. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him The Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a two-time recipient of Fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Brown has published hundreds of poems and articles in college journals, magazines and anthologies. The Tennessee Writers Alliance named Brown the 2011 Writer of the Year.


Writer Workshops Costa Rica

What: Three separate one-week seminars
When:  January 3 – 28
Where: Normas villas, 200 metros al oeste de la plaza de futbol La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica


Sign up for any or all of three one-week seminar/retreats, focus on a different aspect of your writing each week and learn yoga each morning from a certified yoga instructor.

The seminars:

Week 1: January 3-10

Acting Exercises for the Creative Writer
Leader: Isabelle Pierre

  • Experience how actors use physical exercises (including Laban, Lecoq, psychology gesture and improv) to explore character.
  • Move, play and feel a little silly.
  • Finish up with short reading-based workshop discoveries.

Isabelle Pierre is a NYC born actress and writer previously featured on NBC’s Shades of Blue and Hulu’s The Path. She also participated in two web-series: No Method and Finding Me: The Series. Isabelle has performed off-off Broadway at the American Theatre of Actors, HERE Arts Center and The Flea Theatre.


Week 2 : January 12- 19

Fundamentals of Comedy
Leader: Ginny Leise

Humor: a most beloved yet often intimidating genre. Everybody is funny and has a funny a story to tell. This workshop aims to instill writers with confidence in their own unique comedic voice. Start with the foundations of Comedy 101, examples of the greats and then jump into our own personal essays and storytelling performances. The workshop will culminate in a show for every participant to read or perform their work.

Ginny Leise is a writer, filmmaker and comedian living in Astoria, NY. She has extensive experience and training in improv and sketch writing at The People’s Improv Theater and Upright Citizen’s Brigade, storytelling at the Magnet Theater with Adam Wade and acting at the Atlantic Acting School. She has been telling comedic stories on stage for four years. She has hosted her own shows at Union Hall and The Bell House in Brooklyn and toured all over the country with a storytelling ensemble. Her writing credits include the play Great Gig: A Workshop for Business, the short film Pillows, the web series, The Shame Game, Feminist Babysitter and Hearts of Gold. Her most recent project is the TV pilot Urban Teach Now.

Week 3: January 21-28

Success through Self-Publishing
Leader: Robert Kroese

Learn the ropes of self publishing, including the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, e-book formatting, distribution, and marketing your book.

Robert Kroese has written eleven novels, mostly humorous scifi and fantasy, including Mercury Falls. Five of these were published by Amazon’s scifi imprint, 47North and five were self-published. Robert’s latest book, The Big Sheep, is published by Thomas Dunne/MacMillan.


Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

What: Writer’s retreat
When: January 13-16, 2017
Where: Stockton Seaview Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ area

Why: Write and attend lots of prose and poetry workshops. Special guests, and Pulitzer Prize winners, Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds lead feedback sessions of Advanced Poetry Writing.

Poetry Workshops:

  • Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Feedback session with Stephen Dunn
  • Feedback session with Sharon Olds
  • Creative Writing Sampler (Fiction, Poetry, Memoir)

Additional Writing Workshops:

  • Fiction workshops
  • Nonfiction and memoir workshops
  • Song writing and other writing workshops

Tagline: Supportive. Energizing. Inspiring.


Advanced Horror Fiction Writing

What: Advanced Horror Fiction Writing Seminar
When: January 3-27, 2017
Where: Historic Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park CO 

Why: Learn about writing horror fiction part online, part on site in groups of 20. Colorado University faculty member Stephen Graham Jones, author of twenty-three published books, will lead students through writing workshops and discussions on building suspense, scaring readers, and incorporating gore, disgust and revulsion into their plots.

The Historic Stanley Hotel