The Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University Presents 2018 Winter Creative Writing Community Workshops

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WILKES-BARRE, PA (11/28/2017) The Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University is hosting non-credit creative writing community workshops beginning in January. All workshops are open to adults and will be held on the Wilkes campus.

The cost for each workshop series is $65. Advance registration is available through the university's Continued Learning website The workshops include:

Nonfiction Places and Spaces

In this workshop, participants will consider writers who have made place and location central to their writing. They will write about personal and public landscapes from a variety of perspectives, from memories of home to capturing places visited. Fiction writers who are setting their work in real-life places also will benefit from this workshop.

Workshops: Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., Kirby Hall, Jan. 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26; March 26

Instructor: Vicki Mayk

Social Media for Beginners

This workshop introduces writers to the various social media platforms that are popular today, and will teach them how to market themselves and their writing in unique and exciting ways. Classes are divided into lecture and activity sessions.

Workshops: Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Breiseth Hall, Jan. 23 and 30; Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Instructor: Angela Greco

Preparing You and Your Manuscript for Publication

This workshop will provide an overview of preparing completed literary projects for submission to publishers. Participants will take a comprehensive look at industry standards and best practices include crafting a query letter, project synopsis, thumbnail, keynote, and book description, preparing a one-sheet, and understanding the author questionnaire process.

Workshops: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Breiseth Hall, Jan. 24 and 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28

Instructor: Bill Schneider

Creative Nonfiction: Memories and Memoir

Writing memoir requires transformation of complex, often incomprehensible emotions into clear words with which a reader could empathize. This workshop will help writers understand their memories and perceptions and become sensitive to the idea that others involved in these may have different perceptions and memories.

Workshops: Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Breiseth Hall, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22; March 1 and 15

Instructor: Joyce Chmil

Realistic Fiction: Employing Reality and Real Imagery into Fiction Writing

This workshop will focus on using real environments to cultivate scenes in realistic fiction writing. Participants will focus on imagery, dialogue, character, timeline, and studying the "greats" (imbuing inspiration from great writers).

Workshops: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Breiseth Hall, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; March 3 and 10

Instructor: Rachel J. Hughes

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 42 bachelor's degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at