New Seminar & Location:  Instilling Humor in Your Writing

Dec 11 / 2017 – Even the darkest of themes can use a little humor. Discover how you can mix humor and horror and why it can be useful. Do readers and authors laugh at the same thing? There are many ways to laugh in writing -the humorous laugh versus the nervous titter. Does the humor flow naturally or do you have to work it in to change the scene? Don’t forget to check out the weekly DOP Expeditious Writing Tips on the Dark Oak Press website for additional writing tips.

Check out our new location and special night this month: Monday night from 7 pm to 8 pm at Germantown Community Library (1925 Exeter Rd, Germantown, TN).  Space will be limited to twelve (12) people for these first few events. Each seminar will be filmed and set up for viewing online.  Call the Germantown Library (901) 757-7323 and register today!

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Books For The Busy life!

For the avid book lover there is nothing more frustrating than a busy life. You want to read, but you don’t want to miss that soccer game or dance recital. We have a solution…. Anthologies!

These quick reads give you the satisfaction of reaching the end of a good story in a short amount of time. As an added bonus, you can sample the writing style of  several authors or genres like tasting everything on the dessert menu. They also make great gifts for friends and family! Visit our catalog and read a bit from the books to pick your starting point and enjoy the satisfaction of reading again.

  • Capes & Clockworks (books 1 & 2)
  • Dreams of Steam (books 1 & 2)
  • Gadgets
  • Gizmos
  • Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells
  • The Big Bad (books 1 & 2)
  • Luna’s Children” Stranger Worlds
  • Realms of Imagination
  • A Tall Ship, a Star and Plunder
  • Malice In Memphis Ghost Stories
  • Malice in Memphis Bluff City Mysteries
  • Malice In Memphis Elmwood: Stories to Die For

 

Don’t Forget the Seminar: Finding Your Voice – I Didn’t Know I Lost It!

Nov 16th – Finding Your Voice – I Didn’t Know I Lost It! What is voice in writing and how do you find yours. Learn to tell the difference between voice and style.  Writer’s Block has you stalled – we have tips on getting past them. Don’t forget to check out the weekly DOP Expeditious Writing Tips on the DOP website for additional writing tips.

This Thursday night, November 16th, 2017,  from 7 pm to 8 pm at National College (2576 Thousand Oaks Cove, Memphis, TN).  Space will be limited to twelve (12) people for these first few events. Each seminar will be filmed and set up for viewing online.  Only one reservation per person and the first twelve in is it.  Email your request to service@darkoakpress.com.

Don’t Forget the Seminar: Polish your work and make it shine – before you hit send!

Oct 19th – Polish your work and make it shine – before you hit send!
Rules are meant to be broken sometimes, but you must learn them before breaking them.  The Rule of Three – One of the oldest techniques in writing used to create engaging content. Have you finished your first short story or novel?  Formatting 101 – Follow the Guidelines. Grammar & Punctuation – Common Mistakes that Drive Editor’s Crazy.

Thursday night from 7 pm to 8 pm at National College (2576 Thousand Oaks Cove, Memphis, TN).  Space will be limited to twelve (12) people for these first few events. Each seminar will be filmed and set up for viewing online.  Only one reservation per person and the first twelve in is it.  Email your request to service@darkoakpress.com.

A Summer of Fun with the DOP Authors Around Town gang!

It was an exciting summer for the Dark Oak Press authors as they appeared in new Dark Oak Press Authors Around Town events. Authors Kristi Bradley, Robert J. Krog, Herika R. Raymer, Wes Yahola, & Pat Sawtelle had lots of fun meeting readers and exploring where they get their ideas, why they write in specific genres, or discussing the voices in a writer’s head.

They opened their fun with a June appearance at Book Stop Plus in Bartlett. July found Robert and Herika at South Main Book Juggler talking about Explaining the Unexplainable with Fiction. In early August the new Two Rivers Bookstore hosted Pat and Herika telling customers about the ways the Mid-South appears in fiction. Then in late August, South Main Book Juggler hosed Kristi and Pat talking on Suspense vs Cozy Tension in Fiction.

Two Rivers hosted us again featuring Wes, Robert and Kristi having lively discussions with customers on Folklore & Fiction. The final event of this first round of fun came in late September where all the authors appeared at the Germantown Community Library having a laughingly fun discussion about how the Mid-South appears in their writing. That discussion quickly expanded to plotter versus pantser fun and a surprise visit by the always funny Allan Gilbreath.

We encourage you to explore all the places Dark Oak Press authors and artists are showing up like Geek Tank Radio, the new It’s All About Writing classes and through the many wonderful books they’ve written. Books are available in print or electronic format for your enjoyment.

Check out these links for more fun: