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The Write Stuff – Registration Form

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:30 am to 6:15 pm

  • Registration must be received by November 1st.
  • 1. Contact Information. Please fill in all requested information. (The asterisks (*) mean the information is required.)

  • 2. Rank the following workshops from 1 (your first choice) to 6 (your last choice). You may attend 3 workshops. You are guaranteed a place in your first choice. Because of space limitations, other workshops will be allotted on a first registered, first served basis. Assignments will be distributed at the registration desk on the day of the writing event.
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 6.
    Focus will be on the critical elements of story-telling: conflict and character. The format will include brief remarks, examples from literature for both elements, and in-group writing from prompts. ____________________________________________________
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 6.
    Workshop will target the primary building blocks of writing. Through discussion, examples and in-group writing exercises, participants will learn and practice skills every writer needs to tell a good story. ____________________________________________________
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 6.
    At start, participants will be asked to share one story or experience — fictional or lived — that has made a lasting impression. Working with the chosen story or experience, participants will move through an exploration sequence using guided writing and visualization exercises to uncover and develop the hidden levels of that story. __________________________________________________
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 6.
    Participants will be given brief examples of first and third person narrative voices. They will then be asked to write a paragraph in each one of the narrative voices, followed by discussion with the entire group. __________________________________________________
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 6.
    The mini-essay (750 words or less) — also called the micro- or flash essay—is quickly emerging as a respected and powerful genre in contemporary literature. Focusing on true stories from our own lives, we will explore how to sustain, from beginning to end, the quiet urgency that is a hallmark of the short-short form. __________________________________________________
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 6.
    Discussion will feature the six rules that apply to all non-fiction: Choose the subject that’s right—and right for you. Know your audience. Find your hook. Write a proposal (even if you are self-publishing). Incorporate your voice/personality in your writing. Keep your writing lively. Attendees will present subjects they are writing about; who they perceive as their audience and how that affects the writing process; the take-away message of their story. _________________________________________________
  • Payment Instructions
  • The early-registration fee for the writers' festival is $40. After October 1, the fee is $50. Please make check payable to RJCL (Roe Jan Community Library). Send to:
  • B. Slonevsky
    531 Main St. Apt. 1705
    New York, NY 10044

    Receipt of payment will be acknowledged via email. Check must be received by November 4 in order to secure a place in the workshops.

    Individual Manuscript Review/Lunch

    Manuscript Review

    Author and publishing veteran Ellen E. M. Roberts has agreed to provide professional review of individual manuscripts at an additional cost of $50. If you wish to take advantage of this feature during the festival, you must make arrangements with and pay Ms. Roberts directly. You must submit your manuscript no later than October 15.

    Ellen Roberts


    Participants will be responsible for their own lunch. You may bring a bag lunch or order a custom box lunch for delivery to the festival site from The Front Porch General Store in Copake. Advance payment by credit card is required. Coffee, tea and water will be available throughout the day, and there will be a wine and cheese reception at the conclusion of the conference.

    To order a box lunch, contact and pay:

    The Front Porch
    518-329-FOOD- (3663)