Writing Class: Exploring The Antagonist
Explore the archetype of the antagonist–creating opposition characters and discovering how they enliven novels, short stories, plays, songs, and more. Each class will be a mix of instruction, exercises, and discussion.
Join Mary Amato to explore the archetype of the antagonist or nemesis in depth. Learn to create fully-realized opposition characters and discover how they can enliven your work, whether you are writing novels, short stories, plays, essays, songs, or screenplays. Each class will be a mix of instruction, exercises, and discussion. Too often we shy away from creating, embracing, or exploiting the obstacles our protagonists face. Focused sessions will offer the chance to build these muscles and apply them to the genre in which you’re working.
Oct 23, 30 and Nov 13 from 7-9 at the College Park Arts Exchange.
Bring your favorite writing materials–laptop or notebook and pen.
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Half-Day Writing Retreat
Whether you’re writing a novel, newspaper article, essay, or play, you have to tell a good story. There’s an art to story-telling, to shaping your material in a way that’s engaging and satisfying. In this mini-retreat, two professional writers will give you pointers on how to set the stage, hold your readers, and deliver the goods at the end.
The four-hour session will begin with short presentations from the two facilitators, Mary Amato and John Feffer. Then we’ll shift to two hours of writing time. During that period, participants will meet one by one with the facilitators for feedback on their work. The session will end with small group meetings to share insights, experiences, and stories.
The Writing Day-Retreat will be held at the at the College Park Arts Exchange at Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd, College Park, MD 20740. The house is located within walking distance of the college park metro. Street parking is available for free.
Cost is $80.00
Bring: Your favorite writing utensils (laptop or pencil and paper, the work you’d like to focus on, as well as whatever snacks, drinks you enjoy to keep you going).
Learn more and register here.
Mary Amato is a novelist, poet, essayist, songwriter, and playwright, who has a great day job writing fiction for young adults and children with over 19 published books. Her creative non-fiction work has appeared in The Washington Post, Education Week, Mothering, and more. She is co-founder of Firefly Shadow Theater, and founder of the Silver Spring Town Center Arts Salon and the Hive, organizations that promote creative networking and artistic growth. www.maryamato.com.
John Feffer has written and produced ten plays, including four one-man shows, and is the author of several non-fiction books and numerous articles on foreign policy. He is also the author of several novels, including Frostlands, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Splinterlands. He serves as the director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. www.johnfeffer.com.