Exercise Your Signature Voice


We’re excited to bring you a workshop for all writers: “Exercise Your Signature Voice” with Nathan Ross Freeman.

What’s expected of writers today is vastly different from years past. Today’s readers, audiences, publishers and producers expect your words to leap from the printed page to live spoken word performances, videos, audio recordings, blogs and social networks. Whether you’re pitching your screenplay to producers, your performance to an audience, or your book to an agent, this workshop is for you.

Led by the dynamo that is Nathan Ross Freeman, this workshop will transform how you present your work. Here’s how Nathan describes it:

“Successful writers not only meet these emerging demands, but learn new methods of creativity and self-expression. This workshop will fortify you to create a transformative experience with your audience. You will learn to engage your audience in character and exercise the essential, impacting difference between performing and engaging.

“You will discover the signature voice of your work in the company of an ensemble of authors who will nurture you in discovering your layered self. From your written pages to book signings, readings, videos, audio book readings, and other forms of media, you’ll learn more ways to engage your audience and keep them reading!

This workshop is presented in three sessions, followed by a presentation by participants.

Location: Authoring Action offices, 630 W. Sixth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Dates: Fri. Feb. 6 from 6 – 9:30 p.m., Sat. Feb. 7 from noon – 4 p.m., Sun. Feb. 8 from 1 – 4 p.m. The presentation event will be Feb. 12, 7 p.m. at the New Winston Museum.

Cost: $175 WSW members; $200 nonmembers

Registration: Exercise Your Signature Voice: A Workshop for Writers

Saturday’s workshop, “Chapbook 101: Putting Your Manuscript Together,” is sold out.

We hope you haven’t waited till the last minute, because we’re sorry to announce this workshop is sold out. We’d like to thank our co-sponsors, Women Writers of the Triad and Writers’ Group of the Triad for this opportunity to work together on a program of this quality.

Congratulations to the poets selected for Poetry in Plain Sight in February.

We’re pleased to announce these poems will be on display in windows throughout downtown Winston-Salem in February as part of our Poetry in Plain Sight program.

“Underpasses” by Michael Colonnese
“Robert Johnson’s Milk Cow Blues” by Keith Flynn
“Busking” by Edward Robson
“The Plunge” by Peter Venable

These poems will be featured at 4 Poems & A Party, Sat. Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. at Barnhill’s Books.

This workshop is a bit distant, but should be worth it.

Peggy DeKay, who led a workshop for WSW last year, is partnering with publishing pro Cathy Fyock to present “Writing and Publishing Your Book: From A to Z.” It will cover the changing nature of the publishing business, and will bring practical advice all the way from creating an outline to book promotion. The all-day workshop will be in Louisville, Ky. on March 14. All pertinent registration information can be found here.

Writing with Anne

(WSW Board Member Anne Civitano has long been curating all sorts of writing tips, websites, and ideas. In this feature, Anne shares some of her “finds” with us.)

Two recent pieces from Writer Unboxed are full of thought, reassurance, and valuable ways of looking at things.

Robin LaFevers writes about what to do when your book appears not to be timed for the current market. She calls these “quiet books” and suggests several possibilities including self-publication, quitting (NO!), or reframing your novel, among the possibilities.

LaFevers links in her post to an earlier piece by Julianna Baggott that I had missed, but is well worth reading. She talks about the false dichotomy of writing from the heart vs. writing commercially, and she talks about what film has to say to novelists.

For the brave hearted, here’s the 2015 Glimmer Train submission calendar.

A post from Janice Hardy on where to start your novel, and how to write that opening scene.

Writing opportunity of the week.


Deadline: February 1…Prizes: $300/$150/$50 and publication…Entry fee: $15

“Submit previously unpublished stories (word count: 5,000 words or less). All submissions will be considered for publication in Red Savina Review’s spring issue (online, 2015). If accepted for publication, Red Savina Review reserves the right to edit. Honorable mention receive mention plus publication in Red Savina Review’s spring issue (online, 2015). Full submission guidelines here.


Sandra Ann Winters just authored a book titled The Place Where I Left You. Published by Salmon Press of Ireland, it’s due to launch in Cork at the Cork Literary Festival In February and at the AWP in Minneapolis in the US in April.

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