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How to Structure Your Memoir with Belea T. Keeney and Alice Osborn

Belea T Keeney

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC 27609
Saturday, January 17, 2014 Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuition: $49 To Register Click Here

Belea and Alice will help you turn your dramatic real-life events into a compelling story with the arc of a novel.
It takes hard work and courage to record your experiences on the page, and a book-length manuscript poses extra challenges. How do you structure a longer work? How do you capture the people you know and the difficult moments in detail? And how do you keep yourself motivated? Here’s the good news: You don’t have to do it alone. Walk away from this workshop with a clear idea about your memoir’s theme and structure so you can finish writing your memoir in 2015! Note: this workshop is specifically designed for writers who have been working on their memoirs for at least a year.


Main Street Rag Open Mic Series at So & So Books Featuring Marcy Corprew

Open Mic NightLocation: So & So Books, 704 N Person St. Raleigh, NC 27604
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Social Hour is at The Station at Person Street from 6:30 p.m. till 7:15 p.m.)

Bring poems, stories, or essays to read to this Third Wednesday monthly event. Twelve people will read for 5 minutes, and any literary genre is welcome. Our featured reader is Marcy Corprew of Cary, North Carolina who is an award-winning playwright and poet. If you would like to read your work at the Open Mic, join us at The Station at Person Street (701 N Person St, across the street from So & So) between 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. for our social hour to put your name on the list. This event is co-sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing Company and is hosted by Beth Browne, Jane K. Andrews and Alice Osborn.


Alice Osborn, AuthorAdvanced Memoir: Getting Your It Together with Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC 27609
Thursday, January 22 to Thursday, February 26, 2014 (Class meets for 6 Thursdays) Time: 11:30am—1:30pm
Bring your lunch!    Tuition: $99
Required Reading: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Additional editing package is $250, Tuition includes two 10-min accountability phone chats.
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Have you completed Alice’s Beginning Memoir Workshop Series and wish to continue? Or have you started working on your memoir and now wonder what is the next step? Get on track with Advanced Memoir: Getting Your It Together with Alice Osborn where you’ll have in-class writing exercises and feedback to help you construct your memoir and build upon your foundation. Move forward in the direction you want to go by creating a memoir that will dazzle your readers using the Hero’s Journey and turning points. While we’re together, we’ll also read Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild. This workshop is best-suited for writers who have previous writing experience or who have been working on their memoirs. Participants bring their own lunch. Your tuition includes two 10-min accountability phone chats and if you’d like Alice to edit your memoir pages during the class, consider purchasing the $250 editing package (valued at $500).


One Day Women’s Writing Retreat with a Focus on Fiction

Location: Private home in North Raleigh (you’ll receive the directions once your registration is complete)Retreat 2013 Bend of Ivy Lodge 005
Sunday, January 25, 2015 Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $99, spaces limited. Please register early.
Includes coffee and fruit in the morning & a lovely lunch with a glass of wine
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Give yourself the gift of writing time in the New Year! Enrich your writing practice with a morning session of fiction techniques led by author/editor Alice Osborn, followed by three hours of uninterrupted time to work on your novel and short stories. Fiction begins with the main character wanting something so badly it hurts. Your job as the writer is to make life very difficult for your main character so a fresh and inventive plot and story will emerge without cliché. We’ll discuss the craft of storytelling, along with point of view, setting, dialogue and pacing. Alice will give prompts to strengthen and support your work. Alice is an experienced fiction book editor who has guided scores of novelists on the traditional and independent path to publication. Continuing and intermediate fiction writers are welcome.


McIntyre’s Poetry Readings with the NC Poetry Society featuring the poetry and dance of Alice Osborn

Location: McIntyre’s Fine Books, Fearrington Village
2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Sunday, January 25, 2015 Time: 2-3 pm

Enjoy hearing the poems of Tyler Johnson (Dancing the Haw), Alice Osborn (After the Steaming Stops) and David T. Manning (Soledad). For an added treat, Tyler Johnson will be performing with his band, Haw Burn and Alice Osborn dance a few Irish reels and jigs. Hosted by Sara Claytor.


Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Presents Author Kim Church, Author Kim Church Authorof Byrd

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC
Friday, January 30, 2015 Time: 10:00–noonByrd
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Join us as we welcome award-winning Raleigh author Kim Church for a discussion of her debut novel, Byrd. When Andi Lockwood gives birth to a son—Byrd—and surrenders him for adoption without telling her old childhood sweetheart after a one night stand, she can’t imagine how the secret will change both of their lives. Told through letters and vignettes, Byrd is an unforgettable story about making and living with the most difficult, intimate, and far-reaching of choices. More info about Kim here:


Intro to Comedy Writing with Alice Osborn

Location: Wake Tech, Northern Campus, 6600 Louisburg Rd., Raleigh, NC
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – Three Tuesdays Total (skip date Feb 17), February 24 and March 3, Class # 135617
Time: 7-9:30pm, Room: TBAWoman Laughing
Fee: $71.50
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Writing memorable comedy can be so rewarding and so terrifying all at the same time. Getting folks to laugh exposes the author to fear and anxiety, but usually these risks are worth the reward! In this class with experienced author, editor and humorist Alice Osborn, you’ll learn basic comedy writing: the rule of 3s, timing, detail, absurdity and acute observation. Alice learned that once she injected humor into her writing, more people liked her work—imagine that! We welcome anyone who wants to liven up their prose or poetry. All writers at all levels of experience are welcome.


Refunds, Cancellations and No Show Policy

There is no penalty for cancellations or class transfers made more than five business days prior to the workshop or event: a full refund will be granted. Cancellations or transfers made one to five business days before the workshop will incur an administrative fee of 25% of the workshop fee. No shows and cancellations made the day of the event (or after) forfeit the entire tuition.


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