Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Presents Joan Leotta, author of Secrets of the Heart

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC
Friday, July 31, 2015 Time: 10:00–noon
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Joan LeottaJoin us as we welcome Calabash, NC, author Joan Leotta, author of Secrets of the Heart, a work of historical fiction. In the middle of the night in January, 1865, two Union soldiers set out on a reconnaissance mission just before the battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Rinaldo DeBartolo wants to finish the mission and to return to Italy and his Secrets of the Heartsweetheart, Emilia. When he and his partner, Walter discover hidden gold, a trail of secrets begins. That trail winds through the Italian unification, two world wars and a tangle of immigration to reach into Rome Italy in the 1990s at the time of Desert Storm. There, the descendants of the American De Bartolo family meet Rinaldo’s descendents. Joan is originally from Pittsburgh where she began to write at an early age, receiving various awards form high school on. After a career as an economist she settled into the life of a wife, mom, performing storyteller and freelance writer, eventually carving out time for books. Secrets of the Heart is available as in e-book here, http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/legacy-of-honor-book-four-secrets-of-the-heart-epub/


Be the Hero of Your Story: A Memoir Workshop with Alice Osborn

Location: Page 158 Books
158 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Sunday, August 9, 2015 Time: 2-4 p.m. Tuition: $25
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When you write your memoir you are the hero. You have overcome obstacles, experienced failures, braved the elements and have come out on top. In this 2-hour program, you’ll learn how you can harness the power of your hero’s journey for future generations. In-class writing exercises and gentle feedback from experienced writing teacher Alice Osborn will help you generate memorable prose using all of your senses. Alice will help you create a gripping beginning, as you recover childhood memories and deal with painful material without coming off as a victim. Alice will also provide information on publishing your memoir. We invite all levels of writers to join us.


Write Your Memoir in 6 Weeks: An Intensive Workshop with Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NCOct Memoir Classes 011
Thursday, August 13 to Thursday, September 17, 2015 (Class meets for 6 Thursdays)
Time: 11:30am—1:30pm—Bring your lunch! Tuition: $99
Required Reading: No Rehearsal: A Memoir by Brenda Bartella Peterson
Additional editing package is $250
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Get on track with finally writing your memoir with Write Your Memoir in 6 Weeks 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 No Rehearsal: A Memoir by Brenda Bartella Peterson. 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. If you’d like Alice to edit your memoir pages during the class, consider purchasing the $250 editing package (valued at $800) which includes up to 60 pages or 25,000 words.


Main Street Rag Open Mic Series at So & So Books Featuring Dasan Ahanu

Location: So & So Books, 704 N Person St. Raleigh, NC 27604
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Social hour follows the readings at The Station at Person Street

Open Mic NightBring 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 Dasan Ahanu of Durham, North Carolina, who is one of the founders of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT) where he is a writer, director, producer, and cast member. Dasan is also the founder of the Jambalaya Soul Slam and coach of Durham’s own Bull City Slam Team (BCST) that competes regionally and nationally. He was recently appointed a Nasir Jones Fellow to the Hip Hop Archive at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, so we’re very happy to host Dasan before he leaves the Triangle for Boston! If you would like to read your work at the Open Mic, sign your name on the clipboard at So & So from 6:30 to 6:45. This event is co-sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing Company and is hosted by Beth Browne, Jane K. Andrews and Alice Osborn.


Writing and Reiki with Alice Osborn at the Babes on the Beach 2015 Women’s Fiction & Romance Writer’s Retreat

Location: Trinity Center
618 Salter Path Rd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
Time: Sunday August 23 to Thursday August 27 (Alice’s class is Wednesday, August 25)
Fee: $599 double occupancy room ($699 single), includes room, board and all workshops
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Alice Facebook profileAlice Osborn will be giving a workshop on “Writing and Reiki” at the Babes On The Beach 2015, a writer’s retreat for men and women who write women’s fiction and romance. Featuring leading literary agents, editors and published authors in the field, Babes On The Beach 2015 offers a variety of workshops to advance the serious writer with a goal of becoming a professional writer, or enhance the skills of the professional already equipped with a strong foundation in fiction writing. “Writing and Reiki:” The powerful love and energy of Reiki can help writers release blocks, discover their voices and feel empowered with intention. In this energetic yet relaxing workshop, Reiki Master practitioner Alice Osborn will use guided meditations and gentle writing prompts that incorporate all of the senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, your six sense). She will also teach several self-care Reiki techniques to promote balance, harmony and self-love. After this workshop, you’ll be able to incorporate these Reiki techniques whenever you feel tired, stressed or creatively blocked. Ultimately, Reiki is about letting go of expectations, which will deepen your journey as a writer who cares about her well-being. Babes On The Beach 2015 is a Holloway Literary event.


Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Presents a Book Cover Design Seminar

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NCAlice floating
Friday, August 28, 2015 Time: 10:00–noon
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Join us at Wonderland Book Club as we welcome graphic designer Danny Krawiec who will share his presentation, “Elements and Rules for Book Cover Design” with us. The one job your book cover has—the only job it has—is to sell your book, and in just a few seconds. This workshop explores book covers, what works and what doesn’t, including print and e-book considerations. Come and explore design elements, themes, and choices in this casual conversation with lots of examples. If you have book covers to share, you’re encouraged to bring your own! There will be no scheduled book this month


“Write It” A Memoir Workshop Featuring Alice Osborn

Location: Cameron Village Library
1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605
Thursday, September 3, 2015 Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Open to the Public

In this library program that encourages writers and readers to explore different genres, you’ll learn how you can harness the power of your hero’s journey or memoir for future generations. If we’re the hero of our own story, that means we have to share some kryptonite (vulnerabilities) along the way. Publisher author and experienced memoir workshop facilitator, Alice Osborn will lead the group in some writing exercises while also providing information on why writing memoir is such a powerful and fascinating endeavor. We invite all levels of writers to join us.


Introduction to Comedy Writing with Alice Osborn

Location: Wake Tech, Northern Campus, 6600 Louisburg Rd., Raleigh, NC
Monday, September 14, 2015 – Sept 28 (Three Mondays) Class # 145683
Time: 7-9:30 pm, Room: Bldg E/330
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.


Sharpen Your Writing: Master Class in Advanced Fiction and Memoir Craft Techniques

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Time: 9-4pm
Fee $99   To Register  Click Here

When you write your memoir, you are the rock star of your story.Raleigh Author, Alice Osborn When you write fiction, your characters are the rock star of your story. In this all-day workshop with editors/authors Alice Osborn and Belea T. Keeney, you’ll learn how you can harness the power of your inner rock star by charting your narrative arc, finding your theme and giving your characters a strong voice. Dialogue, scene vs. summary, passive voice, point of view, motivation, backstory, and characterization will also be covered. After completing this workshop you’ll be ready to focus on your manuscript with laser precision to bring out a novel or memoir your readers will enjoy and remember. We invite all levels of writers to join us.


Wine Tasting for Alice Osborn’s new book of poetry, Heroes without Capes

Location: The Book Bar, 10511 Shadowlawn Dr., Suite 115Heroes without Capes cover
Raleigh, NC 27615 in Falls River Town Center
Sunday, October 25, 2015 Time: 2-4pm

Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting as you get your copy of Alice’s new book of poetry signed at the Book Bar, a recently opened used bookstore that loves to feature local authors. Network, win doorprizes and hear Alice read and sing from her much-anticipated release, Heroes without Capes. From wildly popular chocolate-making parties to featuring palette-pleasing flavors, The Chocolate Boutique is a fun, unique and educational experience for any chocolate lover.


Monday Night Poetry & Music, featuring Alice Osborn in Charleston, SC

LocatiEast Bay Meeting Houseon: East Bay Meeting House, 160 East Bay St. Charleston, SC
Monday, October 26, 2015 Time: 8-10 p.m.

Alice will read selections from her new book, Heroes without Capes, as well as sing and play guitar at Monday Night Poetry & Music, which is a weekly show of poetry and music with a feature starting the night followed by open mic. Hosted by Jim Lundy.


Alice Osborn Reads from Heroes without Capes at The Joyful Jewel

Location: The Joyful JewelHeroes without Capes cover
44-A Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Saturday, November 1, 2015 Time: 3-5 p.m.
Open to the Public

Featured author Alice Osborn from Raleigh, North Carolina, will read selections from her new book, Heroes without Capes, as well as sing and play guitar at The Joyful Jewel. The Joyful Jewel is a community of about 150 local artists and patrons. We offer jewelry, sculpture, paintings, pottery and more.


Refunds, Cancellations and No Show Policy

Revised Refund Policy as of 1/22/15

Any refunds will incur an administrative fee of 50% of the workshop fee or will receive a full credit toward a future workshop if cancelled more than 5 days before the workshop. Cancellations made one to five business days before the workshop forfeit the entire tuition or will receive a 50% credit toward a future workshop. No shows and cancellations made the day of the event (or after) forfeit the entire tuition and any future credit.


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