Workshops at the Lewisburg Literary Festival are free and open to the public. Space can be reserved by calling 888.716.5082 or by emailing us HERE. Our workshops feature well-known WV writers discussing poetry, fiction and non-fiction techniques and best practices for bettering your craft. All workshops are held in the Greenbrier County CVB's Rahall Room.
Make it, Take It
By Sherrell Wigal
If you’re new to poetry, if you’ve always wanted to write a poem, if you’ve been writing poetry for years or if you just want to try poetry this is the workshop for you. Through a series of prompts, exercises and suggestions, participants will leave this workshop with a “first” draft of a poem in their hands. Sherrell will discuss the elements of a “good” poem and lead participants in the writing and editing of a poem in order to complete a first draft during the workshop. Come and join this hands-on workshop for an inside look at the poetry process.
Creating Reader Emotion
By Sandy Tritt
Creating character emotion is not always the same thing as creating reader emotion. Part of becoming a great writer is learning to manipulate the reader’s emotions—without the reader feeling manipulated. This workshop studies emotion in classic novels, exploring what works and why. The workshop participant should come away with an understanding of how to avoid clichéd emotional responses; how to show emotion instead of telling it; and how to allow the reader to supply the emotion.
Sandy Tritt, the founder and CEO of Inspiration for Writers, Inc., an international editing and critiquing service, is a writer, ghostwriter, editor and speaker. She is a past president of West Virginia Writers, Inc., and the Ohio Valley Literary Group. She was the recipient of the 2002 Artsbridge Arts Award for Writing and the 2008 West Virginia Writers’ J.U.G. (Just Uncommonly Good) Award for mentoring writers. The author of Everything I Know (Headline Books), Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook, Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook II, and seven technical manuals (Phoenix Software, Atlanta, GA), she has also ghostwritten more than a dozen nonfiction books, eight novels and two screenplays. Her short stories have received many awards and have appeared in various literary magazines.
LET THERE BE LAUNDRY
EVERYDAY TASKS AS DOORWAYS INTO FICTION AND NONFICTION
by Jessie Van Eerden
Work—the labors of our hands—can offer a window into the layers of our lives and the lives of our characters. Task fleshes out a character and can demonstrate an internal reality. Through a series of exercises focused on labor, we will look at how point of view, metaphor and the enlargement of moments can enrich our characters.
Jessie van Eerden is author of the novel Glorybound (2012), winner of ForeWord Reviews’ Editor’s Choice Fiction Prize, and the novel My Radio Radio (2016). Her essays have appeared in The Oxford American, River Teeth and other magazines. Her nonfiction has also been included in Best American Spiritual Writing, Red Holler: An Anthology of Contemporary Appalachian Literature, and Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. Jessie received the Milton Fellowship from Image and Seattle Pacific University for work on her debut novel, and she received her MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She lives in West Virginia where she directs the low-residency MFA program at WV Wesleyan College.