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Online Fiction Writing Workshop Begins This Fall

Lavender Writes announces openings in two ongoing workshops for gay and lesbian writers.
The Next Generation, a project of Lavender Writes, runs two ongoing free workshop for gay and lesbian adults who want to learn how to write fiction or improve their knowledge and writing skills.  The courses meet online, with free computers available at the Broward County Libraries for people who do not have access to computers at home.
The Courses:
Advanced Fiction Writing is open to students who have partipated in at least one writing workshop of critique group in the past and are knowedgeable elements.
Short Story and Novel Writing is open to all students.
Students in both workshops will learn about the elements of fiction, write short stories or novel chapters and critique drafts of work for other students, which will provide feedback for students while helping them learn to evaluate and improve their own fiction.  These are an interactive classes.  Students will post drafts of their work and participate in discussions of fiction wiring and problems and questions as they arise.
The courses are organized as Yahoo Groups and meet weekly.  Assignments and discussions are due once a week, but students can participate at a time and date that is convenient for them.  The classes are ongoing during the year.  Students can participate for the entire year or for a shorter time.  Students will also have opportunities to read their work at Open Mic readings during the year.
The course is open to new and established writers.  A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and the Internet are required. 
This course is part of The Next Generation, a year-long series of free fiction writing workshops and public readings for gay and lesbian writers. This program is a collaborative project of Lavender Writes, the Broward County Libraries Division, Borders Books and Music and author Karen Dale Wolman. Funding for this program is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.  Non-gay writers and readers are also welcome to participate.  Lavender Writes, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides service and support to lesbian and gay writers by sponsoring writing workshops, developing public forums for writers to present their work and offering assistance with publication.
Instructor Karen Dale Wolman has taught writing at UCLA, USC, Arizona State, California Institute of the Arts, Nova Southeastern and FAU.  Her degrees include a B.A. in Communications and a Master of Professional Writing. Karen’s accolades include awards, honors, grants and fellowships from the Florida State Arts Council, Broward County Cultural Affairs, the University of Southern California, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico and Ibelle Magazine. Her first novel, Rites of First Blood, achieved local Best Seller status two days after its release in Los Angeles, and her second novel, The Ancestor, sold out at the publication party and was designated recommended reading by a library and a newspaper.  Her short stories appear in a dozen newspapers, magazines and anthologies. Her most famous story, "Telling Mom," has been published six times.  She is the first literary artist to be awarded funding from Broward’s Cultural Affairs for this Arts and Education program.  In addition to her teaching and fiction work, she writes grants for nonprofit organizations.
For more information or to register, contact Lavender Writes at: LWrites@mindspring.com.


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