A new series of mini writing workshops at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts is offering wordsmiths the chance to learn tips that they can apply immediately in the center’s Writing Lounge.

The “Winter Wordplay” sessions will take place on alternate Tuesdays from January through March, running from 10:30 am to 1 pm.

On every other Tuesday, the Writing Lounge is open for drop-ins for quiet writing time in a supportive environment.

Drop-in fee is $5 per session.

The Hoffman Center for the Arts is located at 594 Laneda Avenue. For more information, go to hoffmanarts.org or contact Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com.


Jan. 8

“Movement for Writers”

Kathie Hightower

Learn simple moves to avoid various writers’ maladies, including carpel tunnel, text neck, shoulder and back pain. Bring yoga mat or towel and wear loose clothing.

Jan. 22

“Creating Effective Dialogue”

Andy Barker

Learn how to use dialogue to develop character and voice, to advance plot and to convey conflict and subtext. This will involve not only what characters say to each other, but also how those words are framed through attribution, detail and “beats.”

Feb. 5

“Experimenting with Point of View”

Vera Wildauer

Try out different points of view and explore when each is most effective. Plus, write from the point of view of your peripheral characters to help you learn more about your protagonist.

Feb. 19

“Metaphor: ‘It’s Like This’”

Emily Ransdell

Learn how metaphor can help your readers see with new eyes. Students will examine some classic examples from multiple genres, then try a few prompts that stretch both imaginations and descriptive skills.

March 5

“Senses: Light up Your Reader’s Brain”

Kathie Hightower

Learn about fascinating research on how reading about senses lights up different parts of the brain; and how this fact can help engage readers.

March 19

“Emotions Expressed in the Body”

Mark Scott Smith

Learn how to write about emotions that are experienced as sensations in the physical body.

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