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Strong Sentences, Strong Writing

with Kim Suhr 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

(Registration Deadline: Mon, April 9)

When writing prose, we tend to focus on big picture issues: Is it clear? Does it flow? What comes next? Every bit as important, though, is what happens at the sentence level: How does the structure of the sentence affect its mood? How does changing the word in the subject position change the emphasis of the entire sentence? How does sentence length affect pacing? Truth is, paying attention to these micro-level questions contributes much to that all-important big picture.

In this workshop, we will put sentences under a microscope and practice making them work harder for us in our writing. No need to be a grammar aficionado, though tolerance of the instructor’s grammar wonkiness will be appreciated!

9:30 am – noon

Red Oak Writing ~ 11709 W. Cleveland Ave, West Allis

To use Pay Pal, click on the fee amount below:

$50

$45 (students & current Roundtable participants)

To register by mail, complete form & send check to Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127

kim@redoakwriting or 414-881-7276 for info

 

Kim Suhr is the author of Maybe I’ll Learn: Snapshots of a Novice Mom and Director of Red Oak Writing. Her work has appeared in many journals, including the Midwest Review, the Stonecoast Review and Solstice Lit. Kim holds an MFA from the Solstice program at Pine Manor College where she was the Dennis Lehane Fellow in Fiction. To learn more about her writing, visit kimsuhr.com.

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Steps to Landing a Literary Agent or Book Contract

with Phil Martin 

Saturday, Dec 9

When faced with approaching agents and editors—in person or virtually—many writers get paralyzed. Is my work ready? What should I say? Where do I begin? This interactive workshop will help emerging novelists (or nonfiction book authors) develop a successful plan to increase confidence and win over a literary agent or acquisitions editor.

The workshop will cover:

1) developing a strategic checklist to manage the process

2) finding and approaching the right agents or editors

3) preparing the query, the synopsis and the pitch

4) following up in a professional manner

9:30 am – noon

Red Oak Writing ~ 11709 W. Cleveland Ave, West Allis

$50

$45 (students & current Roundtable participants)

 

To register, complete form & send check to Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127

kim@redoakwriting or 414-881-7276 for info

 

Philip Martin, director of Great Lakes Literary and Crickhollow & Crispin Books, is experienced in all aspects of publishing fiction and nonfiction book projects. Phil is a past acquisitions editor for The Writer Books (affiliated with The Writer magazine), where he worked with many prominent authors, agents, and editors, and managed The Writer’s Handbook annual directory. He has also developed books that have won national indie-press awards. In addition, he is lead instructor for the annual Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp, an intensive week-long novel-writing retreat, May 20-26, 2018, in the West Bend area ( www.NovelBookcamp.com ).

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Writing Your College Application Essay (Online Class)

Rise to the Top

GPA’s, AP’s, ACT’s & SAT’s: this is the alphabet soup that will help you get into the college of your dreams, but what about that personal essay? Even the strongest of writers can get hung up on what to write about and how to approach this part of the application.

This online class will take students from idea generation to first draft. Included in the fee is individualized feedback on one essay (up to 650 words or about 2.5 pages double-spaced, 12-pt font).

Fee: $50 (includes 5 online modules and 1 essay critique)

Dates: The class may begin at any time. Students will have access to the online resources for 4 weeks. The essay must be submitted (as a Word Doc or via Googledocs) by the end of the 4th week.                                               No extensions!  Subsequent essays may be submitted at a discounted rate.

To Register: Complete the Registration Form

and send check to Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127 

or

use Pay Pal

*The class uses the Haiku Learning platform. Here is a link to their browser requirements. You will also need an up-to-date version of Flashplayer or the equivalent to listen to the podcasts. The platform is straightforward and should be accessible for most every student.


Director of Red Oak Writing, Kim Suhr, is a former high school English teacher who has helped many young people craft college application and scholarship essays that got results. Her students have been accepted to schools such as Macalester, Duke, and Cal Poly Pamona, to name a few.

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