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Get feedback and support at the FREE SWISH fiction-writing seminar in St. Pete this summer

May 27, 2012

By John Rehg

The FWA St. Petersburg Writers Group is proud to announce a workshop spanning seven weeks this summer, called SWISH: Story Workshop In Summer’s Heat. We look forward to building on the Novel in a Day workshop, with several added benefits.

In addition to covering the essentials of story, participants will be able to read aloud from their work, they will get feedback and critique on their story idea, their story structure, and individual scenes.

The workshop is set on an easy to remember 3-2-1 schedule; that is, the third Saturday in June (6/16), the second Saturday in July (7/14), and the first Saturday in August (8/04). It will be held at the Pinellas Park Public Library, centrally located between Clearwater and St. Petersburg.

Each workshop day is three hours long, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

We’re excited to offer this opportunity to writers to take the time to write a complete short story with an end in mind: to get it published. A listing of upcoming anthologies looking for short stories will be sent out so that those who have not already invested time in a story can start something new. For those who want to continue working on their novel, the workshop is useful as well, as a scene is a scene, a plot is a plot, no matter what story it is in.

We ran the Mystery In a Month workshop several years ago, and it was well received. My only disappointment was that four weeks, for me, anyway, was not enough to finish a story. Granted, I had just started it, and I was out of town for a week, but the pace seemed rushed to me. The hope here is that the time frame (seven weeks) can accommodate unexpected interruptions and still allow someone to either finish a short story or make significant progress on their novel, in at least one area.

Bring your writing instruments – this is a working workshop!

For details, please visit the SWISH Workshop website, or contact John Rehg at

What would you like to accomplish at the workshop? What genre is your WIP?

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