Table Rock Writers Workshop
Aug
27
to Aug 31

Table Rock Writers Workshop

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This is my favorite writing retreat every single year. I lead a weeklong intensive on WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS up in the inspiring and gorgeous mountains of western North Carolina. If you're serious about writing for young people, you have to join us! You'll love having your creative well filled as we take a deep dive into crafting stories that captive the imaginations of children and teen, make leaps and bounds with your manuscript, and get a better understanding of how the YA and children's book publishing world works.

For more information or to register visit: Table Rock Writers Workshop.

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Fall 2018 Writing Classes for Kids and Teens
Sep
4
to Dec 5

Fall 2018 Writing Classes for Kids and Teens

Spark your young writer’s imagination! Author John Claude Bemis will be teaching writing classes this fall 2018 for kids and teens.

KIDS WRITING CLASS: Weekly class for ages 9 – 13 on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:45 pm, Sept. 4-Nov 13. The eleven-week session is $150. Young writers will engage in fun activities to turn ideas of the imagination into stories on paper. They’ll learn how to come up with wildly creative characters, settings, and plots and deepen their understanding of the storytelling process. Students will share writing, as well as discuss stories and books. No homework or out of class assignments. The class is lots of fun with a supportive, friendly environment.

TEEN WRITING CLASS: Twice monthly class for homeschool teens from 10 am – noon on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Dec. 5. The seven-week session is $140. The class is structured around independent student writing—either short pieces or a longer, evolving novel. Students will share their writing and get constructive, supportive feedback. Lessons will be built around needs assessed from the student writing primarily with a focus on character development, plot structure, narrative point of view, and handling backstory, exposition, and “showing rather than telling.”

All classes will be held in Hillsborough. Space is limited.

John Claude Bemis is a former classroom teacher turned author with his M.Ed. in Literacy. He was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC-Chapel Hill for his work with young writers. John was chosen as the Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature. He is the author of seven books for young readers. For more information, visit his website at johnclaudebemis.com.

To register or find out more information, please contact John at johnclaudebemis@gmail.com

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Camp New Hope Visiting Artist
Jul
30
to Aug 3

Camp New Hope Visiting Artist

If your young writer is looking for a summer camp, I'll be a visiting artist for one week at Camp New Hope, leading writing sessions for campers of all ages. Of course, lots of other activities going on all week in a beautiful woodsy setting. And lots of other exciting artists presenting other weeks throughout the summer.

To register or for more information, visit Camp New Hope.

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Whirlikids Book Festival
Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

Whirlikids Book Festival

McIntyre's Books in Fearrington Village (outside Chapel Hill) is putting on their first annual children's book festival. So many amazing authors and illustrators will be there. I'll be joining Angela Dominguez, Karina Yan Glaser, and Stuart Gibbs for a fun program. Book signing and chatting with the authors to follow. Bring the whole family!

Whirlikids Book Festival

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Table Rock Writers Workshop
Aug
28
to Sep 1

Table Rock Writers Workshop

  • Wildacres Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me for an inspiring writing retreat in the mountains of North Carolina where I'll be leading a weeklong intensive on WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. Whether you're writing picture books or novels for tweens or teens, you'll love having your creative well filled as we take a deep dive into crafting stories that captive the imaginations of young readers.

For more information or to register visit: Table Rock Writers Workshop.

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Lord of Monsters unleashed!
Jun
6
12:00 AM00:00

Lord of Monsters unleashed!

The wait is over! The second book in the Out of Abaton series, LORD OF MONSTERS, officially comes out today in great bookstores everywhere!

Pinocchio's and Lazuli's adventures continue, this time in the fantastical realm of Abaton where more dangers, more mayhem, and a ridiculous number of monsters are waiting for them.

Pre-order your copy today!

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Art Show for THE WOODEN PRINCE
Feb
27
to Mar 26

Art Show for THE WOODEN PRINCE

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The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in downtown Hillsborough, NC has a special show with artworks all inspired by THE WOODEN PRINCE. I'll be doing a reading and talk on Sunday, March 5th at 4 pm. But the works will be up all of March. Fans of the book won't want to miss the amazing paintings, sculpture, and jewelry all based on Pinocchio's magical adventures.

For more information visit: Hillsborough Gallery

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Megan Shepherd Author Double-Header
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

Megan Shepherd Author Double-Header

Join me and best-selling author Megan Shepherd as we discuss our latest books. Megan's latest release THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL is a powerful and heartfelt story of a girl trying to return an injured winged horse to its world behind the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital.

It'll be a fun evening of swapping stories and talking about the magic of writing and reading!

More info at Flyleaf Books.

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SCBWI Carolinas Fall Conference
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

SCBWI Carolinas Fall Conference

I'll be presenting a special workshop on EXERCISING THE IMAGINATION where we'll engage in fun and creative exercises that will lead you to unique story ideas and amazing insights into your singular imagination. Hope to see you at the Carolinas' chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 24th Annual Fall Conference. To register, visit Carolinas SCBWI

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Table Rock Writers Workshop
Aug
29
to Sep 2

Table Rock Writers Workshop

  • Wildacres Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me for an inspiring writing retreat in the mountains of North Carolina where I'll be leading a weeklong intensive on WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. Whether you're writing picture books or novels for tweens or teens, you'll love having your creative well filled as we take a deep dive into crafting stories that captive the imaginations of young readers.

To register or learn more, visit: Table Rock Writers Workshop.

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Teen Lit Festival
Apr
23
3:00 PM15:00

Teen Lit Festival

I'll be presenting a special program for teen writers and readers at the Main Library as part of the Teen Lit Festival that Durham County Library is hosting. Presentations by authors like J.J. Johnson, Nathan Kotecki, Deborah Wiles, Jen McConnel, and others going on all day. 

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