Dana De Greff

Fiction. Poetry. Features. Criticism.

Aug
10
to Aug 31

Novel Writing Workshop

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-Everyone loves the idea of writing a novel...until they start it. This workshop breaks down how to outline your book, chapter by chapter as well as work on plot, characterization, world-building, and point of view. Time will be dedicated to organizing your novel BEFORE you start writing so that when you’re stuck you have a blueprint to return to.

-Workshops will include brief talks on how to build great scenes, develop characters, and create memorable settings. We will also discuss strategies for battling writer’s block, idea generation, and inspiration to write everyday and hit those word counts even if you’re stuck.

-This workshop will not only leave you with a robust writer’s toolbox to return to again and again, you will come out of it with a finished, nearly finished, or on-your-way draft of an original novel. No experience is necessary: all you need is a love of writing and/or reading, and an open and courageous spirit!

-Fee includes instruction for 4 weeks, guidance, reading materials, and snacks. Workshops meet every Saturday from 12-3 p.m. and is capped at 10 students for maximum effectiveness.

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-More workshops to come, so be sure to check for updates at danadegreff.com and on FB and IG @danadegreff


***Note: updates will be sent to you on the exact meeting location and prep before we meet in August.

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Aug
25
to Sep 15

ADULT WRITING WORKSHOP: The Shape of a Novel (4 week class)

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The Shape of a Novel: Adult Novel-Writing Writing Class

Sundays @ Books & Books 11 am-1pm, August 25-September 15

Everyone loves the idea of writing a novel...until they start it and realize they don't know what they're doing! “The Shape of a Novel” breaks down what you need to write a novel and how to outline your book before you start it so that when you’re stuck you have a blueprint to return to.


Workshops will include brief lectures on how to put your ideas on paper, ways to organize a narrative, how to build great scenes, character development, point of view, world building, creating conflict, how to form memorable settings, and more. We’ll use examples from writers such as Toni Morrison, Celeste Ng, and Margaret Atwood, as well as discuss strategies for battling writer’s block, finding ideas from everyday life, and using creative prompts for inspiration to help you write every day (or almost every day).

Note: You don’t need to be a writer to take this workshop or to have ever written a novel before. All you need is an open mind, a love of words, and a desire to learn how to write a novel!

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Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Literary Libations Writing Workshop

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If you’ve always wanted to pair drinking with writing, then you’re in luck! In this special edition of the Local Social Happy Hour at Nautilus by Arlo, one cocktail will be used as a catalyst for a very literary social event, led by local author Dana De Greff. For the first installment of Literary Libations, inspiration will be taken from the cocktail “Last Word” which is served at the Arlo Bar. We’ll discuss and share famous last words of novels, followed by time for writing and sharing.Whether you want to meet new people, jumpstart a writing career, or just want to try something new, be sure to come with a pen, and come thirsty!

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Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Writing from the Center: Connecting Yoga + Writing Workshop

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Writing is often thought of as an intellectual exercise and a solitary act that happens at a desk, our thoughts totally disconnected from the rest of our body. But without tapping into that mind-body connection, it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to find the means to express ourselves in a healthy, fully-developed way. Join us at Nautilus by Arlo for a yoga and writing workshop; this class will introduce writers to yoga and breathing techniques to “write from the center,” i.e. from the heart. Writing can produce anxiety, especially when we’re stuck. Through a mix of asanas (poses), breathing techniques, and mindfulness, participants will reflect on and experiment with their writing routines and habits, revise works-in-progress, and/or start new pieces in a safe space dedicated to making connections on and off the page. Students should bring a yoga mat as well as whatever they write with (laptop, journal). Readings and prompts will be provided by the teacher. Readings: excerpts from The Yamas & Niyamas, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

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Oct
9
to Dec 4

Online Course: "Getting Through It: Starting AND Finishing a Novel in 8 Weeks"

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Very excited to share that I will be leading an ONLINE fiction class with The Loft! A bit about them:

“Founded in 1974 (incorporated in 1975), the Loft is a haven for readers and writers; one of the largest centers of its kind in the country. Our mission is to advance the artistic development of writers, foster a thriving literary community, and inspire a passion for literature.”

A bit about my class:

Everyone loves the idea of writing a novel...until they start it. "Getting Through It" breaks down what you need for a novel, how to outline your book before you start it, chapter by chapter, and work on plot, characterization, world-building, and point of view. Class time will be dedicated to organizing your novel BEFORE you start writing so that when you're stuck you have a blueprint to return to.

There will also be brief lectures on how to build great scenes, develop characters, and create memorable settings, using examples from writers such as Toni Morrison, Celeste Ng, and Patricia Engel. We will also discuss strategies for battling writer's block, idea generation, and inspiration to write everyday, even if you're "stuck." In short, this class will not only leave you with a robust writer's toolbox to return to again and again, you will come out of it with a full draft of an original novel!

MORE DETAILS:

Price: Regular $312.00, Member $280.80

Genre: Fiction

Level: Open to All Levels

Location: Online

Duration: 8 Weeks (October 9, 2019–December 4, 2019)

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Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

First Draft: A Literary Social

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A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work.

I’m happy to say I’ll be leading this month’s Literary Social with the theme of ‘Infinity.’ Come join the fun and be sure to say hello!

DETAILS:

Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!

Date: August 8

Time: 6:30 pm

Books & Books at The Adrienne Arsht Center

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Jul
27
12:00 PM12:00

Jump Start Your Novel!

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Join me for a ONE day session on July 27 I'm calling "Jump Start Your Novel." If you always wanted to write a novel but don't know where or how to start, this is the workshop for you! We'll discuss:

1. Plot techniques;
2. How to create dynamic characters and conflict;
3. Ways to stay motivated and to write forward.

All you need is a notebook, pen or pencil, or a laptop. Feel free to email danarevadegreff@gmail.com with any questions!


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Jul
14
7:30 PM19:30

Teen Writing Workshop

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Everyone loves the idea of writing a novel...until they start it. “Getting Through It” breaks down what you need for a novel, how to outline your book before you start it, chapter by chapter, and work on plot, characterization, world-building, and point of view. Class time will be dedicated to organizing your novel BEFORE you start writing so that when you’re stuck you have a blueprint to return to.

There will also be brief lectures on how to build great scenes, develop characters, and create memorable settings, using examples from writers such as Toni Morrison, Celeste Ng, and Patricia Engel. We will also discuss strategies for battling writer’s block, idea generation, and inspiration to write everyday and hit your word counts, even if you’re ‘stuck.’ In short, this class will not only leave you with a robust writer’s toolbox to return to again and again, you will come out of it with a full draft of an original novel!

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Jun
16
to Jul 7

Novel Writing Workshop: Part I

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-Everyone loves the idea of writing a novel...until they start it. This workshop breaks down how to outline your book, chapter by chapter as well as work on plot, characterization, world-building, and point of view. Time will be dedicated to organizing your novel BEFORE you start writing so that when you’re stuck you have a blueprint to return to.

-Workshops will include brief talks on how to build great scenes, develop characters, and create memorable settings, using examples from writers such as Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Celeste Ng, and Patricia Engel. We will also discuss strategies for battling writer’s block, idea generation, and inspiration to write everyday and hit those word counts even if you’re stuck. 

-This workshop will not only leave you with a robust writer’s toolbox to return to again and again, you will come out of it with a finished/nearly finished draft of an original novel. No experience is necessary: all you need is a love of writing and/or reading, and an open and courageous spirit!

-Fee includes instruction for 4 weeks, guidance, reading materials, and snacks. Workshops meet every Sunday from 3-6 p.m. and is capped at 15 students for maximum effectiveness. 

-More workshops to come, so be sure to check for updates at danadegreff.com and on FB, TW, and IG @danadegreff 

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE.


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