Workshops, JWWS 2017
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Important note: Signup for workshops after you have registered for the seminar itself.
Workshops, Set One
3:55 – 4:50 p.m.
Simple Words Don’t Mean Simple Minds
A workshop on picture book writing.
Writing a picture book is easy; writing a good one is hard. There’s no magic formula, but many good books share common characteristics. We will isolate some of these to sharpen our skills. What makes a classic a classic? We will briefly look at The Cat in the Hat, Caps for Sale, and Madeline, books that have stood the test of time. What is their appeal?
Together, we will craft a very short story that incorporates these principles.
Living the Writer’s Life
Shifra Devorah Witt
Tips on how to manage the joys and challenges of the writing process.
There’s so much more to being a writer than simply the desire to write. For many of us, we love writing but don’t know how to balance the joys and challenges that come with it.
Join me as we explore aspects of our writer’s lives including emotional, technical, time management issues, self-criticism, pressures to publish or earn a living, manage family and career, having a productive writing schedule, how to find writing topics, etc. Living a writer’s life asks us to find solutions. I’ve been coaching writers for more than eighteen years on how to find those solutions.
My workshop will be experience-based, and my focus will be on guiding you through whatever challenges you face to help you become the most productive, fulfilled writer you can be.
Shifting Gears: It’s Not Just a Matter of Going in Reverse
You’ve written a book and now they are calling you to come speak.
How much should you include? How much is too much? How do you write a speech that is interesting and gives value to your audience but still leaves them wanting to buy the book? How do you pitch the book at the end of the talk without sounding too salesy?
Given by a successful author and speaker, this workshop is designed to walk the author through the process of turning her book into the perfect speech.
The Hook – Clever and Engrossing Plots
How to grab your reader’s attention from the first page and even if it isn’t the genre they usually like, make them want to know what happens; ie how to create a page turner that will hook them. How to create engaging characters who come to life within the story.
Personal vs. Public Writing
Thoughts, musings and reflections for aspiring writers who were never published, may never be published, and aren’t particularly interested in being published.
A conversation on the integrity and importance of personal, private writing, just for yourself!
A transformative journey of healing, self-knowledge, and discovery.
Through directed writing prompts, we will write our way through relationship struggles, childhood wounds, and inner blocks. Through interesting and creative exercises you will make acquaintance with your hidden parts, latent strengths, and unacknowledged goals. Write your way home; let your fingers do the walking!
This workshop is not geared to publishing writing or to polishing writing. It is geared to using your writing to polish you.
Writing with Passion and Purpose
Writing the stories we have to tell, writing the stories we need to tell.
How do we identify the stories that only we can tell?
These are the stories that are uniquely ours, and no one else can tell them like we can. These are the stories that will keep us at the computer writing late into the night because they need telling. These are the stories that will keep our readers reading.
Workshops, Set Two
5:00 – 5:55 p.m.
Green Elephants – Tapping Into Your Unused Imagination
Chaya Hinda Allen
Using your imagination to bring out your hidden potential.
In this workshop you will gain:
- Tools - questions for introspection and clarity
- Inspiration - learn what the Torah says about your individuality
- Personalization - come away with new insights and practical plans for your own imaginative writing.
This workshop also includes a Brand New Guided Imagery “Using Your Mind for a Change” empowering you to take advantage of your imaginative mind – downloadable version will be sent to each participant. We will be doing some mindful writing and the guided imagery together.
Bringing the Words out of You – Overcoming Writer’s Block
A creative writing workshop based on the book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
Learn how to access the creativity inside you and feel yourself flow – a spiritual approach to discovering your creative self!
The Mitzvah of Writing: How to Start a Memoir Workshop for Seniors
As the older population increases, demand for trained workshop facilitators will increase. Writing, especially in a group, offsets depression and reduces social isolation.
Telling the Truth with Fiction
Prof. Malka Schapps a.k.a. Rachel Pomerantz
Fiction which portrays accurately the society and characters involved in the story has a power which comes from the reader’s recognition that, yes, this is right, this is the way people behave. In addition, it is instructional both for those from the outside who recognize that, if it didn’t really happen, it could have, and for those from the inside who have the honesty to recognize themselves and their neighbors in the mirror being held up.
Marketing and Publishing Your Writing
Writing your essay or article is just the start if you want to be a published writer.
A successful writer needs to know where to find suitable markets to publish her writing both online and in print publications. A writer needs to read the publications she wants to write for and find and study publications’ guidelines – and stick to them. A writer needs to know how to please her editor and provide her with material she looks forward to receiving.
In this workshop Be”H we’ll discuss these and many other issues which will help you publish your writing.