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PREVIOUS WRITING WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE:

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Writers & Readers

FALL CLASSES 2015
“With Carmen and seven other beginning writers (the first Writers’ Circle, 2009) offering suggestions and ideas on each chapter, my novel, Amour et Vengeance, took shape. It only took two years to get a printed version. Some readers thought it was an entertaining story.”

FORT WORTH: The adjoining video offers a preview of Writers Circles, these small groups—poets, essayists, memoirists, creative nonfiction scribes and novelists. It’s an eclectic group, all with a story to write. In each session, I offer instruction; fellow participants provide feedback to “make it better.” We meet once a week:
Tuesdays, 7-10 pm or Wednesdays, 2-5 pm at my home in West Fort Worth. The groups are small to foster mutual support, to give each writer the room to learn and to grow.

Writers Circles continue for six-week sessions. Tuesday’s group will start again Sept. 8; Wednesday’s, Sept. 23. Contact for more information or to reserve a place: carmengoldthwaite@sbcglobal.net
P. S. The name? Earliest “storytellings” took place in a circle around a campfire.


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DALLAS, AT SMU’S THE WRITING PATH one student said: “I am so enjoying your class that I've registered for the next. Thank you for your sharing your expertise. We have all been learning so much.” (JH of Dallas) 

Thursday, Sept. 3, 6-9 pm: CREATIVE WRITING FOUNDATIONS gives a student a survey of writing forms—fiction, nonfiction, creative/narrative nonfiction as well as style and structure techniques compatible with today’s publishing world. You’ll complete the course with either a publishable essay, short story or narrative nonfiction piece, etc. and be equipped to go on to courses that fit your interests, i.e., the Novel track or the Narrative Nonfiction track. For more information, contact: www.smu.edu/creativewriting.

Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30 – 9 pm: NARRATIVE NONFICTION (known alternately as creative nonfiction or literature of nonfiction) In this 12-week program you’ll take your true story idea, learn to shape it into “story” form with fictional techniques, and finish with a proposal to submit to editors and agents. This SMU course tracks nonfiction publishing practices. That means writers prepare a proposal, not a completed manuscript. The proposal is 3 parts…so, too, the class structure. That means we meet in class the first four weeks; independent study/research/coaching four weeks by phone and email, and the last four weeks back in class. For more information, contact: www.smu.edu/creativewriting .


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INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION: I work with writers to learn the basics or to expand their craft and art of writing. Private sessions are by appointment. Schedule at: carmengoldthwaite@sbcglobal.net


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AND THEN, THERE’S MANUSCRIPT EDITING…
It’s been my privilege to edit the works of an array of writers—bloggers, essayists, novelists, short story writers, memoirists and narrative nonfiction writers—TO HELP them shape their work for publication.
I EDIT by appointment in order to give proper attention to each piece, so just give me a call or email me at: carmengoldthwaite@sbcglobal.net.

I have the good fortune of teaching writing—plus publishing strategies—to an array of writers with diverse writing projects—fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry. Teaching venues vary also—from classroom, to living room, to to conference, library and convention halls.”

For all these I get to apply over 40 years of experience that range from journalist to magazine freelancer to book author.
NOW, I combine teaching, editing…and individual instruction.

SPEAKING OF EDITING…
It’s been my privilege to edit the works of an array of writers—bloggers, essayists, novelists, short story writers, memoirists and narrative nonfiction writers. I edit as I like to be edited: with respect for the story that’s unfolding and the author’s voice that drives it. I’ll suggest scene changes when the natural order seems to suggest that; I may question if a character or two is necessary, and I’ll hone the words and syntax (in keeping with the author’s voice) to streamline a story, increase its tension or suspense and make it ready for publishing. As one woman said after I edited a few chapters of her novel in progress: “You’re brilliant.” You just can’t ask for better feedback than that.

I EDIT by appointment in order to give proper attention to each piece, so just give me a call or email me at: carmengoldthwaite@sbcglobal.net or
PH: 817 737 6958/817 726 0412.

IN FORT WORTH, I teach Writing Circles that meet weekly in my West Fort Worth home. I chose the word “circle” because that’s “storytelling tradition” from the earliest campfires. The gatherings are small, the interests vast: novels, memoirs, short stories, essay, narrative or creative nonfiction. One group meets Tuesdays, 7-10 pm; the other, Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm.
Starting new sessions June 2 and 3.

Contact me at: carmengoldthwaite@sbcglobal.net


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Speaking on “POV & Voice,” East Texas Writers Guild Workshop, 2015


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