Upcoming Workshops

    • March 09, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
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    Hosted by Susan Beckham Zurenda

    Why does the position of the threshold in literature exert such a compelling hold on our imaginative lives? Why is it a resonant space? Why is it imperative that we create thresholds for our characters?

    Threshold scenes allow for transformation not only in characters but often in the structure of the narrative as well. “In between” spaces (whether literal, figurative, or both) act as triggers to catapult a character into a place he or she has never been, from which there is no return.

    In this workshop, we will examine how elements such as atmosphere (setting and tone), pacing, detail, rhythm, imagery, and actions help to create meaningful crossings in stories. Before responding to a writing prompt, participants will examine illustrations for analysis, including a significant threshold scene or two with characters in Susan’s novel The Girl From the Red Rose Motel.

    Susan Beckham Zurenda taught English for 33 years on the college level and at the high school level to AP students. Her debut novel, Bells for Eli (Mercer University Press, March 2020; paperback edition March 2021), was selected the Gold Medal (first place) winner for Best First Book—Fiction in the 2021 IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards), a Foreword Indie Book Award finalist, a Winter 2020 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, a 2020 Notable Indie on Shelf Unbound, a 2020 finalist for American Book Fest Best Book Awards, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for 2021.

    Susan has won numerous awards for her short fiction, including winning the South Carolina Fiction Prize twice. Her second novel, The Girl From the Red Rose Motel, was published in September 2023, by Mercer University Press and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, named a finalist in the American Book Fest Awards, and is a 2023 Shelf Unbound Notable 100 book. The author lives in Spartanburg, SC.

    Learn more at www.susanzurenda.com.

    • May 18, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
    • 24

      Hosted by Sarah Archer

    This workshop will offer a crash course in writing for film and television, covering topics such as the fundamentals of script format, the differences between film and television, and what allows a screenwriter to work successfully in the entertainment industry. We'll explore how principles of visual storytelling, strong structure, and efficiency can enhance both your screenwriting and your fiction. This class is suitable both for experienced screenwriters looking for resources to develop their craft and for first-timers interested in learning what screenwriting is all about.

    Sarah Archer's debut novel, The Plus One (2019), was published in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan, and is currently in development for television. Archer is a Black List Screenwriting Mini-Lab fellow who has had material produced for Comedy Central, has published fiction and poetry in numerous literary magazines, and has placed in competitions including the Tracking Board’s Launch Pad. After working in TV and film development in Los Angeles, she moved between six cities in three countries in the course of a few years. She lives in the Charlotte area and is a member of the Charlotte Writers Club.