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Posted on February 8, 2014 | in Events | by

ACC logoWriters Studio at Arapahoe Community College presents its Thursday Evening Writers’ Fare, Lit for Teens and Tweens, on Thursday evening, Feb. 13, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Room M3750.

Festivities will include a light dinner, readings and workshops with authors David-Matthew Barnes and Jeannie Mobley.  Enjoy some of the twists and turns in dynamic dialogue and character motivation that tweak the hearts of teens and tweens.

Cost is $25 for dinner, workshop, reading, dessert and a question/answer session.  A portion of the fee will benefit the Writers Studio Scholarship Fund for creative writing students.  Please RSVP to by Feb. 11 at midnight.  Please mail your check for $25 to the address below.  Check should be made out to ACC Writers Studio and must be received before Feb. 13 to guarantee dinner and dessert.

Arapahoe Community College
Writers Studio, ATTN: Dr. Kathryn Winograd
Campus Box 27
5900 S. Santa Fe Dr.
PO Box 9002
Littleton, Colo.  80160-9002

Evening Agenda:
5:30 p.m. – light dinner
6:00 p.m. – readings by Barnes and Mobley
6:30 p.m. – workshop
7:45 p.m. – dessert and question/answer session

Workshops (choose one and please be sure to designate which workshop when you RSVP):

Professional Eavesdropping and Other Ways to Create Dynamic Dialogue (instructor: David-Matthew Barnes)
In this interactive workshop, discuss and learn innovative and unique ways to develop authentic, believable dialogue through practical writing exercises that can be applied to all forms and genres.

david-matthew-barnesDavid-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of ten novels, including the young adult novels Swimming to Chicago and Wonderland, which were nominated by the American Library Association for their annual Rainbow Books, a list of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content for children and teens. He has written over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. He is the writer and director of the feature film Frozen Stars (starring Lana Parrilla of ABC’s Once Upon a Time) and the dramatic short film Threnody. His literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men’s Stage Monologues, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, and The Southeast Review. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He teaches college courses in writing, literature, and the arts.

The Magic of Motivation: Taking your story to the next level (Instructor: Jeannie Mobley)
There are so many things a writer has to keep track of in order to make a story great–character, plot, scene, description. Wouldn’t it be great if there was way to make sure it was all working together? Well there is! Jeannie Mobley will explore the key of motivation and how focusing on motivation can pull the pieces of a story together and make them more than the sum of their parts! For this workshop, come prepared to think through character, plot, and setting for a story on which you are currently working or conceptualizing.

jeannie-mobleyJeannie Mobley writes both historical and contemporary middle grade fiction. Her debut novel, Katerina’s Wish (Aug 2012, Margaret K. McElderry Books (S&S)), won the 2013 Colorado Book Award in Juvenile Fiction. It has also been honored as a Best Book of 2012 by BookBrowse Magazine, and was selected by the Library of Congress Center for the Book to represent Colorado at the 2013 National Book Festival. Her second novel, Searching for Silverheels will be published in fall 2014.  When not writing or reading fiction, Jeannie is a mother, wife, lover of critters, and an anthropology professor at Front Range Community College, where she teaches a variety of classes on cultures past and present.

For more information, please contact CAL Member Kathryn Winograd at or 303.797.5815.

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