Writing Center offers free help to local writers

Posted October 11, 2010

The ACU Writing Center is offering a four-week Community Writers' Workshop to promote writing within the Abilene community. Regardless of  background or experience level, participants will be given tips on how to refine their fiction or nonfiction work.

Writer Workshop“Everyone has a story to tell, whether you are an assistant district attorney or a middle school teacher," says Dr. Shelly Sanders, assistant professor of English and conductor of the workshop. "The great thing about the workshop is that we'll meet you where you are. We'll talk through finding the story you want to tell, to finishing a story you've started, to revising and preparing a story or novel for reading or publication."

The workshop will meet the Saturdays of Nov. 6, 13, 20 and Dec. 4 from 9-11 a.m. in the ACU Writing Center, located on the ground floor of the Brown Library. During the final meeting, writers will have the opportunity to read selections from their pieces for friends and family.

Among the exercises writers will try: They'll be asked to start a story beginning with a given sentence and, on another occasion, to write a story 10 sentences in length, with each sentence shorter than one preceding. No prior writing experience is necessary, but applicants must submit a five-page writing sample. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

For more information, contact the ACU Writing Center at 325-674-4833 or Dr. Shelly Sanders at shelly.sanders@acu.edu. Another workshop is planned for Spring 2011.