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for lifelong learning

Smyrna Public Library is launching its own adult continuing education academy with a four-week course in creative writing. The $75 class fee includes 12 hours of instruction by a critically acclaimed novelist, handouts for notes and writing exercises, and refreshments.

Seating is limited to 20 participants. Register at the Smyrna Community Center front desk or online at .

Amber BrockCOURSE: Crafting Compelling Fiction
Instructor: Novelist, Amber Brock

Location: Smyrna Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna GA 30080
Class Fee: $75
Dates: September 14, September 21, October 5, October 12, 2019

Session One: Character
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:30-4:30pm
Every element of compelling fiction begins with character, so creating characters that leap off the page is a natural starting point. Learn how to craft three-dimensional protagonists and antagonists that will produce compelling conflict to keep your story moving.

Session Two: Setting the Scene
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 1:30-4:30pm
Setting is critical to placing your reader in the world of your story but establishing setting without overwriting can be a challenge. This session will help you create vibrant settings and give research tips for finding the details that make settings come to life.

Session Three: Plot and Story
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 1:30-4:30pm
This session will cover how to map out a plot that will keep your characters moving, as well as discussing how to adjust when things go off course. We will also cover various methods for getting words on the page and overcoming writer’s block.

Session Four: The Art of Editing
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 1:30-4:30pm
Yes, editing truly is an art! This is the step that elevates a story from good to great. Learn techniques and discover resources for polishing and refining your fiction.

Instructor Biography:

AMBER BROCK is the author of Lady Be Good (2018), an historical fiction novel which follows on the heels of her critically-acclaimed, debut novel, A Fine Imitation (2016). Brock is a history aficionado, taking every opportunity to travel abroad and take in history and art museums.

Brock teaches British literature and creative writing at the Atlanta Girls’ School. Being part of this all-girl community has made single-gender education one of Brock’s passions. She considers "her girls" every time she sits down to write, and thoughts of them shape the outcome of her work. She would like to write books that both lay out the challenges that face them as women and inspire them.

Brock holds a masters from the University of Georgia and lives in metro Atlanta with her husband, also an English teacher and their three rescue dogs.