MAD LIBS FUN

Need a laugh?
Want to get those creative juices flowing?
We have just the thing.

Help us create a wacky story in this Mad Libs workshop.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
7:00 – 9:00

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

 

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

ACT IT OUT

Come continue our exploration of dialogue development with Nancy Alexander. She will facilitate a ‘dialogue in action’ exercise, which will provide an in-depth, experiential understanding of how we write, read and understand dialogue.

We will see how interpretation is affected by context and scene setting, and notice what happens when they are absent.

Audience participation will be encouraged as we ‘Act It Out’ and learn more about how to create natural, believable and realistic dialogue that conveys the author’s message.

Join us for this fun, interactional, educational evening.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
7:00 – 9:00
 

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker
Nancy Alexander devoted her professional life to helping those in need through her psychotherapy practice, providing intensive reconstructive services to adult survivors of childhood trauma. She has also presented her work at numerous conferences, developed mental health training programs and advocated socially constructive legislation.

Since she Nancy Alexander (2)retired, she has focused on her writing. Nancy’s writing seamlessly integrates her in-depth knowledge of the human mind and her keen sensitivity to interpersonal and moral dilemmas.

After publishing several short stories, her ‘Elisabeth Reinhardt’ series launched Relentless, which concretized her love of psycho-thrillers and interest in trauma recovery. With Seeing Double, she addressed conflicts swirling through the Middle East, its complex history and enduring multi-cultural dilemmas. Her ‘Olive Branch’ series mirrors the global political struggles of our time.

Follow her online at www.nancyjalexander.com

Fine Tune Your Dialogue Writing Workshop

Start your new year right with a
Dialogue Workshop lead by Peter Pollak.

We’ll dissect examples of good and not-so-good dialogues and you’ll come away with keys to writing dialogue that keeps your readers engaged.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
7:00 – 9:00

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

Peter Pollak

Peter Pollak is the author of five novels, including House Divided, rated 4.5 stars by Amazon readers. Prior to retiring to write fiction, he was a journalist, educator and entrepreneur.

 

 

 

 

 

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

The Psychology of Character Development

Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:00 – 9:00

This presentation will focus on a fundamental topic, the human mind: How to understand it and how to write about it. Whether we are writing science fiction, thrillers or romance stories, writers are always trying to figure out why we do what we do. We are fundamentally fascinated by our minds, motives, needs and aspirations. In all we do, we seek to discuss, describe, justify and understand human behavior.

We will explore and address our commonalities, depictions of aberrant behavior, and discover how a psychological perspective can enrich our characters and enhance our creativity.

 

About the Speaker

Nancy Alexander (2)Nancy Alexander devoted her professional life to helping those in need; she has worked with poverty, child abuse and domestic violence; chronically ill children and psychiatric inpatients. She presented her work at numerous conferences, developed mental health training programs and advocated socially constructive legislation.

For twenty years, she operated a private psychotherapy practice, providing intensive reconstructive services to adult survivors of childhood trauma. Since she retired, she has focused on her writing.

After publishing several short stories, her ‘Elisabeth Reinhardt’ series launched Relentless, which concretized her love of psycho-thrillers and interest in trauma recovery. With Seeing Double, she addressed conflicts swirling through the Middle East, its complex history and enduring multi-cultural dilemmas. Her ‘Olive Branch’ series mirrors the global political struggles of our time.

Nancy’s writing seamlessly integrates her in-depth knowledge of the human mind and her keen sensitivity to interpersonal and moral dilemmas.

Nancy lives in Columbia, MD; she has two children, four grandchildren, a Golden Retriever, a Himalayan mix and a bearded dragon.

Follow her online at www.nancyjalexander.com

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

CRITIQUE WORKSHOP

picture of penCome talk shop about writing and get feedback on your work. Whether you write for a living or a hobby, whether your passion is poetry or prose, whether you have been published many times or not at all (yet), you are welcome. We know that you will bring your own wisdom to the conversation and we hope that you will leave feeling connected, refreshed, informed, and inspired. Please limit work to be critiqued to no more than 3 pages double spaced or less.

Suggested: 8-10 copies of your work for more detailed critique.

–Don’t have anything ready for critique? No problem. Your insight as a reader is highly valued.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
7:00 – 9:00
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.