Grit, Grief, and Gratitude in the Time of Covid

Write an essay or personal story about experience with Coronavirus that includes one or more of the thematic elements: Grit, Grief and/or Gratitude in the time of Covid 19. This contest is open to all. 

  • Essays should be previously unpublished.
  • Length 1-5 pages with 1 inch margins, double space, 12 pt font. (Limited to 1250 words.)
  • Entry fee $10

Deadline: Feb 1st 

Winners announced March 1st

First, Second, and Third place winners will have the opportunity to publish their work on our website.

First Place wins $100 

Second Place wins $50 

Third Place wins $25 

For more information, email

Ready, Set, Write

Flagstaff Writers Connection is a big fan of NaNoWriMo. We host multiple write-ins in the month of November and encourage everyone to write their novel in the 30 days of November.

Now Flagstaff Writers Connection wants to introduce a new October tradition: 

Ready, Set, Write

NaNoWriMo Applied by Suzanne Pitner

Everyday in the month of October we will host a Zoom with 1-3 writing exercises to get you ready to write a whole novel in November. You do NOT have to be a contestant in NaNoWriMo to join the fun. Exercises will be geared to all kinds of story development at all speeds.

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We will cover:

  • Brainstorming an Idea
  • Filling in the Plot Points
  • Character Development
  • Setting and Worldbuilding
  • Terrible Endings
  • Twists and Reversals
  • Important Scenes
  • Problem Solving/Getting Stuck

Sessions will be everyday at 12:15-12:55 on this Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 975 7936 9345
Passcode: 5WS8M3
Bring paper and pen or a computer for writing. If you miss a session the sessions will be posted HERE.

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Get ready to smoke the competition!

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Playwriting Workshop: Bringing Your Story to Life

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Ever wondered what it would be like to see your story on the stage? 

Afflicted: Daughters of Salem by Laurie Brooks,
commissioned and premiered by the Coterie Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Flagstaff Writers Connection presents three workshops with 
Laurie Brooks.

Award-winning playwright Laurie Brooks has graciously offered to donate her time to give three workshops. Playwriting develops skills that enhance all types of writing. Participants will discover the art of playwriting through instruction, writing exercises, discussion and laughter. 
Triangle by Laurie Brooks,
commissioned and premiered by Arizona State University.
Each participant will have the opportunity to write a ten-minute play worthy of entry into Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase (NAPS). 

 Workshop #1

 Workshop #2

 Workshop #3

 7/10/20 7/18/20 8/8/20
 10 am-2 pm 10 am-3:30 pm 10 am-3:30 pm

 Play Structure


 Dramaturgy Tutorial

 Character Development


 Informal Readings of 10 min Plays

 Dramatic Premise & Theme


 Thoughtful Feedback

 Review and Renewal 

Stage Direction                   


The first workshop is $25 and the other two Workshops costs $50
Or register for all three at once for $125. 

If you already attended the first workshop, it is FREE to attend the refresher on 7/10/20.

The Third Workshop will be held at Nancy Brehm's house on her outside patio.


9:30 am-10:00 Registration and Social
10:00-12:00 Instruction
12:00-1:30 Lunch (Brown Bag it, or eat downstairs at the Oakmount Restaurant)
1:30-3:30 Instruction

Laurie Brooks is an award-winning playwright and young adult fiction author. Her eighteen published plays have been commissioned and premiered at equity theaters across the country, including The John F. Kennedy Center. Her young adult novel is Selkie Girl, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Random House Children’s Books. The recipient of three Distinguished Play Awards and the Chorpenning Cup from The American Alliance for Theatre in Education, AT&T FirstStage Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts grants and multiple new plays supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Laurie has been Professor at New York University, where she graduated with an MA in Educational Theatre, and Artist in Residence at University of Texas Austin, Arizona State University and The Coterie Theater, Kansas City, MO. Four of her plays were commissioned and premiered in Cork, Ireland.                                                        She has presented writing strategies on theatre, playwriting and fiction writing across the country, including at Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference at the Guthrie Theatre, the HYPE Institute at Alley Theatre in Houston, the ASU Piper Writing Center and the National Conference of Teachers of English, (NCTE) ALAN Conference. Above all, Laurie loves the collaborative nature of theatre and sharing the craft of writing with others.