The Signature Series: Curious Beyond Words with Dona Sturmanis—Writing Workshops

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Date(s) - 18 Oct 2014 until 6 Dec 2014
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Small meeting room, library, downtown Kelowna

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NEW FALL KELOWNA WRITING CLASSES WITH DONA STURMANIS

This is my personal invitation to you to be part of an exclusive series of writing, editing and publishing classes I’m teaching this fall: The Signature Sessions: Curious Beyond Words. This is the first time I’ve taught after a two-year hiatus from instructing at colleges and other venues for over 30 years. During those two years, I expanded my knowledge about the meaning, craft and career of writing and I look forward to sharing it with you.

+You’ll be re-inspired about writing

+You’ll learn exciting new tips & techniques

+You’ll receive the most current, must-have information on writing, editing, publishing

+You’ll get in-class exercises, assignments between sessions and plenty of time for response

+You’ll receive personal follow-up and bonuses after classes are over

Read all about my fall course and sessions below!

Note: This series is limited to 11 people per workshop. Extras will be added to a waiting list for a future scheduled class. The course descriptions are below.

Invite a friend!

Cheers, Dona

THE SIGNATURE SESSIONS: CURIOUS BEYOND WORDS with Dona Sturmanis

Five Saturday workshops, October 18-December 6

Sessions #1 (October 18), #3 (November 8), #4 (November 22) , #5 (December 6), 11am-3pm

Small meeting room, downtown Kelowna Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street

Session #2 (October 25), 12:30pm-4:30pm

Back room, downtown Kelowna Bean Scene, 274 Bernard Street

+Classes may be taken separately or as a series

+All students will receive session outline by email +Students who sign up for more than three classes will receive a free personal assessment on 1000-word writing excerpt, a $50 credit on manuscript editing over $500 and a signed copy of one of my poetry books

SESSIONS

#1. The Dharma of Writing: Why You Were Meant to Be Part of the Scribe Tribe

Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,

Small meeting room, downtown Kelowna Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street

This first session is a commitment, or recommitment, for writers to their passion, craft and life choice of creating with words. We’ll inspire your enthusiasm for writing by reaffirming why this is what you were meant to do. Maybe you made a choice to be a writer or maybe you were born this way. We’ll cover insight on writing from history, different philosophies and explore various aspects of the practice. We’ll also examine many benefits of writing, which range from therapy to healing to expressions of spirituality. Inspiring writing books, courses and other resources to keep you motivated and informed will also be discussed. Notes: +Bring a laptop, tablet or notebook—there will be in-class exercises. +There will be a half hour break at 12:45. Bring a lunch or snack. OR you may run out to get something. +An assignment will be given if you are coming to the next class.

#2. What in the Words: Choosing What To Write & How to Do It

Saturday, October 25, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Back room, downtown Kelowna Bean Scene, 274 Bernard Street

Sometimes you have so many topics to write about, you don’t know which to start with. Other times, when you’re ready to write, you’re suddenly faced with writer’s block. This workshop deals with both issues: You’ll learn which topic to focus on first, as well as how to generate ideas and actualize them. We’ll practice some magical brainstorming techniques. Fiction novel or memoir? Article or book? We’ll explore different writing genres to help you discover the ones most suited to your talents and subjects. Notes: +Bring a laptop, tablet or notebook—there will be in-class exercises. +There will be a half hour break at 2:15 for discussion. You are encouraged to buy a beverage and snack from the Beach Scene. +Bring your assignment from the last class or something you might like to read. +An assignment will be given if you are coming to the next class.

#3. The Amazing Pace: Take Your First Drafts to the Finish Line

Saturday, November 8, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Small meeting room, downtown Kelowna Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street

Are you one of those writers with unfinished manuscripts in your drawers? Learn how to put some productivity into your writing routine so your works get done quickly and systematically. You know what you want to write and how you’re going to do it. It may even be already written in your head. Now the task is to get it down on paper or the computer screen. This session focuses on how to move past the first paragraph, the first page, and get that draft completed…while enjoying yourself along the way. You’ll learn how to schedule your writing sessions for success and proven motivators to help you complete your body of work. We also cover key writing techniques and tips (including developing a style) so you can write your first draft more expertly and save yourself time at the editing stage. Notes: +Bring a laptop, tablet or notebook—there will be in-class exercises. +There will be a half hour break at 12:45. Bring a lunch or snack. OR you may run out to get something. +Bring your assignment from the last class or something you might like to read. +An assignment will be given if you are coming to the next class.

#4. Best Facets Forward: Cut and Polish Your Manuscript

Saturday, November 22, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Small meeting room, downtown Kelowna Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street

No way around it. Your manuscript is going to need editing, especially if you intend to publish it. This session reviews the stages of editing and what they entail, from substantial overhaul to proofreading. If you decide you don’t want to do it yourself, we talk about how to choose and hire editors, where to find them, how much they cost and what to expect. If you decide to edit yourself, we’ll discuss all the steps, techniques and resources you’ll need. We’ll also talk about bringing other people into the editing process—everyone from your “ideal” reader for general comments to proofreaders…as well as the people not to invite! Notes: +Bring a laptop, tablet or notebook—there will be in-class exercises. +There will be a half hour break at 12:45. Bring a lunch or snack. OR you may run out to get something. +Bring your assignment from the last class or something you might like to read. +An assignment will be given if you are coming to the next class.

#5. Your Word is Out: Publish, Promote, Make Money

Saturday, December 6, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Small meeting room, downtown Kelowna Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street

You want to get your work out there and you have a million questions, wondering the best route to take. Traditional publishing, self-publishing, ebook, blog? Are hard copy books even relevant anymore? Should you sell yourself or be represented by an agent? Where do elance.com and Hubpages fit into the picture if you’re a writer who wants to be published? Is it important to enter writing contests and send your work out to journals? We’ll also be talking about how to promote yourself and your work on a blog, website, social media and by getting out there in front of an audience. Then, of course, we’ll cover the ever popular topic of making money. We’ll review the many ways you can be paid as a writer and what to expect, whether you’re a poet, short story writer, columnist, journalist, blogger, or author of books (ebook or hard copy). Notes: +Bring a laptop, tablet or notebook—there will be in-class exercises. +There will be a half hour break at 12:45. Bring a lunch or snack. OR you may run out to get something. +Bring your assignment from the last class or something you might like to read. +Since this is the last class, we may adjourn afterwards somewhere for drinks and appies.

COST & REGISTRATION

$55 per workshop or $250 (includes tax) for all five workshops if payment received by cheque in mail or e-transfer before October 14 OR $60 per workshop or $275 (includes tax) for all five at door (pre-confirmation by email or facebook required two days before workshop)

IMPORTANT: This series is limited to 11 people per workshop. Extras will be added to a waiting list for future scheduled classes. Please indicate if you want to come to the whole series or which class(es) you would like to attend. Add your name, phone number, email and other contact information. A receipt will be emailed to you. E-mail: donasturmanis@yahoo.com, FB: facebook.com/dona.sturmanis Leave a message @ 778-214-6318 and I’ll call you back with more information or to confirm you.

Cheques can be sent to: Dona Sturmanis, #224-240 Mcintosh Rd, Kelowna, BC, V1X2C4

E-transfers can be sent to:
donasturmanis@yahoo.com

ABOUT ME

In grade five, I wrote poetry and edited the school newspaper. By the end of university at UBC in Vancouver, I had a bachelor’s and master’s degree in creative writing, was a paid journalist, an award-winning fiction writer, a well-published poet, a literary magazine editor and had a job at a publishing house. Since then, I haven’t looked back. I’ve written thousands of articles for dozens of magazines and newspapers; won awards for my short stories and poems; edited many magazines; written, edited and published almost 100 books; and taught for three decades at community colleges and other venues, as well as presenting and reading at writing festivals and events.

ENDORSEMENTS

“I have known and been inspired by Dona Sturmanis for many years.  She is a dynamic author, poet and teacher.  Many of Dona’s students have gone on to enjoy great accomplishments in their own careers.  Dona is the real thing – she writes, she edits, she teaches and she touches anyone who has had the pleasure of working with or for her.” —Deanna Rainey, freelance journalist

“Dona brings the writer out of everyone she teaches.  Over the years I have taken numerous writing classes and am constantly amazed at the talent she finds in her students. I was a very self-conscious writer when I took my first writing class but Dona showed me that every person has their own writing style and to write what was in my heart.  Show – Don’t tell…” —Wendy Bosma, writer

“I heartily commend Dona Sturmanis to anyone in need of inspiration, or challenge, or renewed commitment to a dream. She’s known throughout the Okanagan and Western Canada for her writing, editing and teaching” –Dorothy Brotherton, freelance journalist

“Dona started me writing at Melvyn’s Living Room fifteen years ago and then at Okanagan College. Dona is a great teacher. I’m still going and my third book has just been published. Thanks, Dona.”—Sterling Haynes, award-winning book author

“Dona was there for me way back at the beginning. She saw the ‘diamond in the rough’. It’s been an amazing journey. Second novel coming out this year with “The Story Plant.” Could not have happened without Dona’s discerning eye and a lot of initial encouragement.”—Karen Martens, novelist

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