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Virtual Book Discussions
Mar31

Virtual Book Discussions

Convene for a virtual book discussion led by Lynn Rosen. We’ll discuss AMERICAN DIRT, a book that has attracted much attention of late and which tells the story of a mother and son trying to escape a dangerous situation in Mexico.DATE/TIME: Monday, April 6th, 7PM – 8:15PMCOST: $25Sign up HERE. Our next virtual book discussion after AMERICAN DIRT will be… CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Stegner Many readers cite this novel, published in 1987, as one of their favorites. Let’s explore why! Stegner, who was a much-celebrated writer in his time, writes a moving story of two married couples, their relationships and friendships, as well as their career and health challenges over their decades of acquaintance. It’s a look at love and friendship as well as at the writing and the academic life, not to mention a book filled with gorgeous description of natural beauty.Join our discussion of this complex, insightful, and evergreen novel by a treasured American writer! DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 29th, 7PM – 8:15PMCOST: $25Sign...

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Lunch ‘n’ Learn Short Story Discussion Class
Mar31

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Short Story Discussion Class

Discuss one story in this bite-sized 45 minute class. Stories are available online; links to be provided ahead of time. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins GilmanDESCRIPTION: This classic feminist story, first published in 1892, is about how a woman’s “rest cure,” arranged by her husband, eventually becomes her imprisonment.Led by: Lynn RosenDATE/TIME: Friday, April 3rd, 12:15PM – 1:00PMCOST: $20Sign up HEREMore Short Story Lunch ‘n’ Learn classes will be added in the coming...

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“Bring a Book” Happy Hour

Join book discussion leader Lynn Rosen for a virtual discussion of the books you like best! Come to this virtual meeting with two things: your beverage of choice, and a book that you really enjoyed reading. Be prepared to spend a few minutes telling the group about the book and why you like it. We’ll each share a book, and Lynn will share details about some new just published or about-to-be published books to add to your reading list. DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 14, 5:30PM – 6:45PM COST: $10 Sign up...

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Book Development Workshop

Now that you’re stuck at home, might this be the perfect time to start that book you’ve been thinking about writing? Join long-time book publishing industry professional Lynn Rosen for a series of classes in which we’ll workshop your book idea. We’ll hone your idea, look at the market, talk about publishing strategies and approaches, and address any other questions and issues that come up related to getting published. Our goal will be to help you make progress along the path from idea to publication.DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 11, 2PM – 3:30PMCOST: $25Sign...

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Literary Mindfulness
Mar29

Literary Mindfulness

You’re home with some extra time on your hands. Even if you’re working from home or homeschooling your kids, this still feels like the right time to do some creative writing work for yourself. But sometimes it’s hard to carve out the time. Literary Mindfulness is about creating space for yourself to do your creative work. Sometimes, this is just about carving out a few hours, or even minutes, in your busy day. Sometimes, when time and the world allow, it’s about taking yourself away to an inspiring location to create. In these trying times, it’s more important than ever to make sure your creative soul has the chance to be expressed. Hence Open Book Productions is happy to provide some virtual opportunities for regular guided writing. Each Literary Mindfulness session will begin with focus and goal setting. It will then include structured time that mixes writing exercises and group work with quiet writing time. Ongoing sessions will be offered.Session 1: DATE/TIME:  Sunday, April 5th 11AM  – 12:30PMSession 2: DATE/TIME: Friday, April 10th, 11AM – 12:30PMSession 3: DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 15th, 7PM – 8:30PMCOST: $25 PER SESSION or SIGN UP FOR ALL THREE FOR $65Sign...

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Kids Write! Virtual Writing Classes for Kids
Mar28

Kids Write! Virtual Writing Classes for Kids

Introducing our new online writing program for kids! We want to encourage young writers, especially during these days when schools are closed, by giving them some new concrete skills that will help them become better writers and feel good about what they are accomplishing as young writers. Our classes combine instruction about craft and writing exercises, all at an age appropriate level. Classes are led by Lynn Rosen, owner of Open Book Productions and English, writing, and publishing instructor. (For more about Lynn see HERE.) What people are saying about Kids Write! Praise from a former student:I really liked this writing class. I’m still enjoying writing the rest of the story I started during the class. We were given time and help to be creative and write what we wanted. Praise from the parent of a previous student:“My daughter, who is in 7th grade, took a class with Lynn in the fall. It was a great experience on so many levels. I knew my daughter was a talented writer but didnt know how to foster this talent without nagging! Lynn got the middle schoolers comfortable with her and each other right away so they could give each other feedback. The fiction piece my daughter ended up writing blew me away. The characters had serious depth and I wanted to read more! I know she is a better writer from this class! I highly recommend Kids Write for teens and tweens!” Class Details Class will meet virtually; details are below. Each class is 2 weeks long, includes 4 meetings, and each meeting is an hour and 15 minutes.Cost per class is $85 Register HERE. (A special discount for two children from one family is available.) KIDS WRITE! GRADES 3 – 5 DATE: Mon/Thur, April 13, 16, 20, 23TIME: 11AM – 12:15PMLOCATION: via ZoomIn this workshop, young writers will exercise their writerly muscles in a series of exercises designed to teach them about how to craft good writing in a fun way.  They’ll learn about how to plan a writing project and what it means to write a good sentence, all in the context of exercises designed specifically for their age group.Register HERE. KIDS WRITE! GRADES 6 – 8 DATE: Tues/Fri, April 14, 17, 21, 24TIME: 2PM – 3:15PM LOCATION: via ZoomIn this workshop, we’ll start to look at what it means to be a writer. What exactly, do writers do? What are the many professions in which writing plays a role? What are some different types of writing? Students will do exercises that explore a variety of writing styles and forms. Through this they will learn now only the rich variety of what it means to...

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