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The Essential Writer Workshop WRW | Johnston

May 3 @ 8:00 am - July 12 @ 5:00 pm


Workshop Format

The original Writers Retreat Workshop curriculum, developed by the late Gary Provost, provides the basic structure for the workshop, including sessions on ideas, character, plotting, structure, tension, pace, description, dialogue, and more. At the same time, other writers and writing teachers will also be referenced, which offers participants a variety of perspectives on these aspects of the craft.

Gary’s 14-Step Process takes you step-by-step through the entire process of starting, writing, and completing a novel or narrative non-fiction book. It provides a framework through which you can discover your own variations on the theme of telling your story.

  • A 3-hour class every Friday for 10 weeks (9 am-noon), Old North State Food Hall, Longleaf Tavern meeting room. Assignments will be given, which will be returned with notes.
  • We will watch videos together, do writing practice together, I will lecture, do Q & A sessions, and read our work aloud (optional).
  • Each participant will meet twice with me for 45-minute sessions. These will be scheduled individually.
  • Each participant will receive a thumb drive with all class materials on it, plus Gary’s complete video courses.
  • If weather is dangerous, we will reschedule.
Whether you are a proficient writer or a rookie at your first workshop, you can find the tools to assist you in your work, and an instructor who is present in order to share her knowledge and experience with you. We are all writers on the same path, pilgrims on the journey of our individual stories. This is not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach to the craft of writing. You are ultimately the one who  determines what will serve your vision, your characters, your book. The choice is yours.

Instructor Carol L. Dougherty has worked in professional theatre, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, San Francisco Zen Center, and Writers Retreat Workshop as well as several non-profit organizations. She has a BA in Communication/ Theatre from John Carroll University, a JD from Duquesne University School of Law, and an MDiv from Naropa University…

…She is the author of a political thriller, The Santiago Inheritance, and a nonfiction work on theatre, How Full of Briers: The Organizational Structure of the Non-Profit Theatre Corporation.


May 3 @ 8:00 am
July 12 @ 5:00 pm
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Triangle East Writers
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Old North State Food Hall
67 JR Road
Selma, NC 27576
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