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Writing Raw II: Finding Power and Purpose on the Page
Presenter: Stephanie Hunt, LM Column Editor
September 21
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$25 in advance; $35 at the door
The Sophia Institute
Charleston, South Carolina

Delving Deep: Creating Passionate Characters, Conflicts, and Dialogue
Presenter: Jewell Parker Rhodes
October 28 and 29
Friday 6:30 p.m./Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Evening lecture only: $25 in advance; $35 at door
Workshop, including Friday lecture: $195
The Sophia Institute
Charleston, South Carolina


Writing It Raw II
Writing, whether it's poetry, journaling, fiction, essay, blogging or just jotting, is an invitation to venture and explore. And often, what the words churn up is surprisingly powerful. Join us for an evening of discussion and writing exercises as we play with the risky and intriguing practice of "writing raw" and see where the page leads you..

Delving Deep
A strong writer dares to uncover emotional truths. These truths fuel the creation of three-dimensional characters and a compelling narrative. Through character motivation and conflict, all stories whether fiction or nonfiction can be made memorable. Good dialogue reveals subtext, hidden emotions, and makes character and plot more immediate and intimate. Through film, writing exercises, role-playing, and critiquing literary texts, this workshop will provide concrete skills to improve your writing.


About the presenters
Stephanie Hunt is Charleston-based writer and editor. A contributing editor for Charleston Magazine, Charleston HOME and a regular contributor to Skirt! Magazine, her work runs the gamut from personal essays to features, profiles and travel writing, to spinning copy for corporate clients. She also contributes to several online journals, including SOMA Review and Literary Mama. A graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt Divinity School and former development associate at Harvard Divinity School, she brings a curiosity and passion about the life of the spirit to her writing. Stephanie lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband and three daughters.

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of six novels: three historical tales, Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, and the mystery trilogy, Season, Moon and Hurricane. Her first children's novel, Ninth Ward, was selected as one of the "Best Books of 2010" by School Library Journal. Rhodes has published a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness, and two creative writing texts: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction. Her honors include: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards. Rhodes is the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

To register or for more information: Sophia Institute

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Please note that the program has changed. NYT bestselling author and Debra Moffitt will be presenting this workshop together on Oct. 28th. We'll do an interactive presentation and give writers a chance to experiment with developing characters using storyboards. On Saturday Debra Moffitt will explore character roles and the journey of the story. Please give us a call if you'd like more info. 704 557 0323
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