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Deckle Edge Literary Festival Announces 2017 Workshop Schedule

In keeping with its mission of promoting the growth of literary arts in the greater Midlands area of South Carolina, Deckle Edge Literary Festival announces a full slate of workshops to complement the festival’s offerings of panels, presentations, and community activities. All workshops are presented through partnerships with The Pat Conroy Literary Center, The Jasper Project, and the South Carolina Writers Association. Cost is $30 each and registration is at the door or at http://deckleedgesc.org

On Friday, February 24th at 10 am local author Carla Damron offers “The Next Draft: Revising and Polishing Your Manuscript” in which Damron will describe the complex revision process, examining both “big picture” problems and micro issues.

Friday at 11:30, novelist Don McCallister offers “Techniques of Tenacity: Personal Discipline and Writing Success.”  In this workshop participants will learn daily disciplines and strategies for nurturing long-form projects such as novels, memoirs, screenplays, and creative nonfiction to fruition.

Friday at 1pm Sasscer Hill offers “Setting: Use It for Mood, Use It as a Character, but Use It Well” in which Hill will show how setting is more than a backdrop for action; it is an interactive part of your fictional world that saturates the story with mood, meaning, and thematic connotations.

And on Friday at 2:30, Craig Farris offers “The Subtle Art of Building Suspense in all Genres.”

All Friday workshops are conducted at the SC State Library at 1500 Senate Street.

There are two workshops on Saturday. The morning workshop is Putting Your Passion in Print: How to Share Your Vision and Influence with a Greater Audience by Sheri Stauch and Bren McClain. It will take place starting at 9 am at the office of One Columbia at 1219 Taylor Street. According to the instructors, the workshop will teach participants how to tap into more (and more passionate) readers by customizing your own “passion platform.”

Saturday afternoon at 2 pm at the Art Bar (1211 Park Street) Cassie Premo Steele conducts “How to Make Beauty out of Anything: A Workshop on Transforming Hard Times, Loss, Death, and Even an Election through Writing,” which offers practical skills for using writing as a way of transformation.

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