Dana De Greff

Fiction. Poetry. Features. Criticism.

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 

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Jun
21
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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Jun
23
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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Jun
12
11:00 AM11:00

TEEN Writing Workshop: Getting Through It: Starting AND Finishing a Novel in 4 Weeks

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Registration: $160 per person

Classes will take place on Sundays, July 14, July 21, July 28 & August 4

Class Schedule: 10am – 1pm at Books & Books in Coral Gables

With Instructor DANA DE GREFF

CLASS DESCRIPTION: 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!

Want to register for the workshop? Click HERE to sign up!

Registration is $160 per person which includes four (4) classes and a final reading presentation of completed work at the bookstore on August 11th.

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