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Writers' Workshop

The 2023 Writers' Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 13, with sessions available in-person and on Zoom. In-person sessions will be held at Sinclair Community College Dayton Campus, room 7-006. Registration details will be available soon.

The Sinclair Writers' Workshop is and has been, for nearly 50 years, free of charge to the public and Sinclair students. 

Please check the workshop schedule for Zoom links. 





2023 Schedule

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.:  “Finding Time to Find Your Voice” with Rebecca Morean  (in person and via Zoom)| In this roll-up-your-sleeves workshop, you’ll learn how to prioritize your writing, find time to do it, and discover your voice. Rebecca Morean (R.A. Morean) writes literary fiction, mystery, and romance under three different pen names, publishing with St. Martin's Press and HarperCollins, as well as smaller literary publishers. She has also self-published and ghost writes. An award-winning short story writer, she has placed over thirty stories, been anthologized, and was runner up in the Pen Faulkner Awards. She currently teaches writing and literature at SCC and provides training for USAID. Zoom Link

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: “Transitioning from Writing Short Stories to Novels” with Erin Flanagan (in person and via Zoom)| In scope and structure, stories and novels are as different as night and day, yet too often writing classes focus solely on short works leaving writers overwhelmed when they start a longer project. I’ll discuss the blocks I stumbled over when I made the switch and provide tips to branch from one to the other such as focusing on scenes not sentences, reverse plotting a book, and how to train for a marathon when you’ve been running sprints. Erin Flanagan is the author of Deer Season (University of Nebraska Press), winner of the 2022 Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Author and a Finalist for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Erin is an English professor at Wright State University and a regular book reviewer for Publishers Weekly. For more information about her and her writing, please visit or say hello on Twitter at @erinlflanagan. Zoom Link

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: "Journey to a Published Children’s Book" with De’Shawna Yamini (in person and via Zoom) | De’Shawna Yamini served as a coordinator for a Black men student success initiative at the college level for over five years. While completing coursework in African American Studies alongside her students, she received an assignment to complete a children’s book about any subject in Black history. She wrote If She Can Do It, I Can, Too! Zoom Link

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: “Making Money From Other Writers’ Books” with Amber Morant (in person and via Zoom)| Ghostwriting is a great portal into publishing and building a network of authors, agents, and publishers when you start your publishing career. Explore how writing for others can build your skill and quality as a writer, so your books are even better while making money doing it. Amber Morant was born in the Dayton area. She started writing in 2001 when her favorite author took too long to finish their next book, so she wrote her own. Since then, she has written more original fantasy novels, including a few ghostwriting pieces, and obtained her MFA from Seton Hill University to enhance her word smithing. In her downtime, she chases after dragons and attempts to increase her charisma stats by meeting more readers at conventions. Zoom Link:

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Poem In Your Pocket Day Celebration | Please come to listen and bring your favorite poem (your own or your own favorite poet’s) to read!

All of these events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Lisa Tyler at