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February 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 18, 2021


The Craft of Writing Series is a three-week program that takes place virtually the first through third Thursdays of each month. Each month focuses on a different genre or form of writing.

Thursday, February 4: Author Conversation

Join acclaimed novelists Swati Avasthi and Kim Johnson for a conversation on the craft of writing the young adult novel.

Thursday, February 11: 10 ways to get Emotion on the Page: Telling it Slant with Swati Avasthi

How do we get our readers to connect to our protagonist’s emotional lives? To feel alongside our protagonists and vicariously experience their ups and downs? Writers often rely on narrative thought: going inside our protagonist’s head and revealing what they are thinking. When used well, narrative thought can be a great tool to convey the complex emotional lives of our characters. When used badly, it can lead to saccharine writing and whiny telling. This session will offer 10 effective ways to use narrative thought to portray and evoke deep emotions.

Thursday, February 18: Research for YA Writers with Kim Johnson

Research can enhance every aspect of writing—from adding to sociopolitical contexts to contemporary, fantasy, or historical settings. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at how to develop rich texture in your writing for well-crafted stories that will keep those pages turning for Young Adult readers. We’ll also explore how to intertwine research without being too heavy handed and infuse research through a series of exercises and prompts.

The cost for this three-week program is $150.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.

Please note: registration for this workshop closes February 3rd. To register after the 3rd, please call 920.868.1457. Registrants will receive the information to join by Zoom 2-3 days prior to the first session.




Swati Avasthi has been writing fiction since she read Little House in the Big Woods at age five. Emily Bronte, Harper Lee, and others furthered her addiction. She institutionalized her habit at the University of Chicago, where she received her B.A., and at the University of Minnesota, where received her M.F.A. Her debut novel, Split, based on her work as coordinator of a domestic violence legal clinic, received the 2011 International Reading Association Award and has been translated into German, Dutch, Korean, and Hungarian. Her second novel, Chasing Shadows, told in images and prose, is about what happens when language fails – when words can’t contain grief and can’t bring back the dead. Avasthi is a creative writing professor at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.





Kim Johnson has held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen. She’s now a college administrator who maintains civic engagement throughout the community while also mentoring Black student activists and leaders. This Is My America is her debut novel. It explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced, and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland, College Park. Kim lives in Oregon with her husband and two kids.


February 11
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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