Winter Semester of Creative Writing Workshops Set in Watertown

The North Country Arts Council will begin on Jan. 29 its winter semester of Sunday-afternoon creative writing workshops.

Students may choose between any number of one-day workshops or full, five-week curriculums. The workshops are scheduled based on demand; that is, the first workshop to fill up will be the first taught, and so on. Participants will have the opportunity to express their preferences for which class time and which sessions they desire. Students will be promptly notified when their choices are scheduled. Each class is $17, with five-week workshops $89. Classes are limited to only 12 students, so sign up today!

To ensure your seat is saved for ANY of the seminars, please visit the registration site by clicking here. Below is a list of the courses and workshops offered:

The single-session workshops the Writers Academy will feature are:
  • Lessons in Enhancing Your Creative Abilities
  • Overcoming Writers Block
  • Keeping a Writers Journal 
  • Style: Develop Your Own Unique Writing Voice 
  • How to Win Over Agents & Publishers 
  • Writing Detective, Mystery & Suspense Stories 
  • Editing and Proofreading Skills 
  • How to Publish an E-Book 
  • Screenwriting & Stagewriting 
  • Power Writing: Advanced Writing Techniques 
  • Preparing Your Manuscript for Publication 
  • Master Class in Writing Powerful Scenes 
  • Crafting Authentic Dialogue 
  • When the Well is Dry: How To Get Great Ideas For Your Writing Projects 
Here are all the 5-Week workshops members will be able to choose from:
  • Constructing Your Novel
  • Writing Memoir & Autobiography
  • The Art of the Short Story
  • Writing for Children & Young Adults
  • Advanced Editing Techniques (or Preparing Your Work For Publication)
  • Writing the Personal Essay/ Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Creative Writing 101
  • Power Writing: Advanced Prose Techniques 
The workshops are taught at the Arts on the Square by retired literature professor and Watertown native Bob Comenole. They are designed for beginning writers who wish to learn fundamental techniques and seasoned writers wishing to acquire more advanced skills; there are no prerequisites.

The Instructor: For more than 20 years Bob Comenole has taught writing, literature and communications at several colleges, including Miami University, Siena College, the State University of New York and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Comenole, author of Bushel & Lamp and the novella The Long Night of Clement C. Craggogre, has just completed work on a collection of short stories, Perplexed by the Egg & Other Stories, as well as a collection of essays. He was also the producer of the children's television series, StoryBrook. 

For more information about these courses or to sign up, visit the North Country Arts Council website.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.