Capital City Club – Thursday, November 14,  A 1/2 Day Craft Development Workshop for Writers and Aspiring Writers 

Registration: 8:30 a.m.  Workshop: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by in-room lunch. Club Members $25++  Guests $35.  Registration fee includes:

8:30 – 9:00     Registration and Continental Breakfast (pastries, fruit, coffee & tea)

9:00 – 11:15    Session I  The Writer’s Craft with Michael Strange, professional writer, author and college-level educator

11:15 – 11:30   Refreshment Break (yogurt, energy bars, coffee & tea)

11:30 – 12:15   Session II The Writer’s Process with Karin Wiberg, author and consultant

12:15 – 1:00    Session III The Writer’s Property Protection with Richard Bobholz, author and attorney

1:00 – 2:00     In room lunch

Seats for this workshop will be limited. Register Now

The Writer’s Craft Workshop is 3 interactive sessions for writers of all skill levels and genre.  Together we will explore what it means to call oneself a writer—and really mean it – from the hard times to the wonderfully satisfying ones.  This is NOT the How to Publish a Book the Fast and Easy Way workshop…we’ve done that one once and, no doubt, will do it again, but not this day.  This is a workshop for writers about certain obligations (and privileges) that come with dealing with words and ideas and how to protect them before you release them to the world! Please join us for four hours of fun, introspection, sharing, and definitely some writing education.  

Session I  The Writer’s Craft – Michael Strange, poet, author, technical writer and teacher of the craft of writing, will facilitate the anchor session of this workshop with appreciation of a writer’s struggles and with help and humor on how to move from content concept to completion. He will work with you on

  • thinking, invention, development and revising (and revising and revising) of your content
  • tools of the trade – syntax, organization, the mechanics of writing
  • reflecting on your subject, audience, medium and message
  • and more in this session jammed packed with practical know-how!

Session II  The Writer’s Process or How to Get Your Butt in the Chair and WRITE!- Karin Wiberg, consultant, poet and known clear thinker, will spend time with you working on perhaps the most difficult aspect of all – the big “C” – commitment – wrestled from all those other obligations you have heaped on your plate. She will facilitate interactive discussions on the process of commitment (the timeline element to the project) and even will talk about breaking the dread writer’s block. This session will cover

  • how to create a doable writing commitment that works for you
  • common methods writers use to produce words (and even finish manuscripts)
  • tips for addressing writer’s block (and actually avoiding it in the first place!)

There’s no one right writing process, but Karin will give you tools for building the most productive process for YOU!

Session III The Writer’s Property Protection – Richard Bobholz, Esq., author and attorney, will discuss the different types of intellectual property protections for writers. Whether you are writing fiction, memoirs, non-fiction or business books you will want to know about these protections. Richard will cover

  • truths about trademarks and copyrights (and myths that can create a lot of issues and heartache)
  • how to obtain varying levels of protection
  • when a copyright takes effect
  • how to prove your copyright
  • how to use the US Copyright Office
  • what to do if you think your work has been used without your protection


Seats will be limited for this workshop so register NOW!

Workshop Facilitators:

Michael Strange became a writer during the second semester of his senior year in college; that’s when the bug hit him, and he began producing reams of very bad poetry.  While serving as a Marine Corps pilot , he discovered great literature, and as a result, his poetry and fiction writing began to improve.  After the Marines, he studied at Penn State University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Technical Writing, with an emphasis in writing for scientific magazines, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction Writing, with an emphasis in the novel.  Michael spent 25 years teaching writing and literature in private schools, universities, and community colleges before leaving education for the corporate world.  Currently, Michael is a technical writer for Cisco Inc. in RTP, an adjunct writing instructor at Wake Tech, and a freelance corporate writer.  His freelance writing includes correspondence, blogs, newsletters, magazine articles, and web content for small businesses.  In his spare time, he writes and plays basketball, but not at the same time.

Karin Wiberg is the owner of Clear Sight Consulting LLC. She works with business and non-profit executives as a strategic planning facilitator, business coach, and fractional chief strategy officer (CSO).  An innovative thinker with the ability to synthesize large amounts of information, Wiberg combines vision and wide-angle perspective with practical approaches. She has the unique ability to capture and articulate clients’ ideas on paper so they can tell their story—whether to employees, boards, foundations, or the public.  Karin also serves on the board of the Raleigh Review Literary & Arts Magazine and in her free time likes to write and is developing her first poetry collection

Richard Bobholz grew up in the Midwest, obtained a degree in Economics from Michigan Technical University and completed Law School at the Earle Mack School of Law in Philadelphia. Currently He is the managing Member of his own Law firm in Durham, concentrating on helping individuals and small businesses. Richard published his first novel, Ky, at age 23. He has published many short stories and poems in many different forms over the years, enjoying the creativity of the written word. When he finds spare time, he is a backpacker, photographer and avid community service participant.



Quotes from writers collected and commented on by Michael Strange for your cogitation in preparation for this workshop …

You will be a writer among writers: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” ― J.D. Salinger

You will be among other people who love words: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ― Mark Twain

You will be reminded that writing is enjoyable, therapeutic, and rewarding:  “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow . . . Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

You will be reminded that excellent writers are excellent because they have developed certain characteristics and skill sets: “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” ― Dorothy Parker

You will accept the fact that writing well is just dang hard: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway

You will gain confidence in yourself as a writer: “Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ― Sylvia Plath