Do you want to hone your writing skills, jump-start a new project, connect with a community of writers, and learn to be a more discerning reader?
Writing Connections is a series of 75-minute workshops presented by Watermark Books & Cafe and designed to get your word-processing brain in high-functioning mode. The workshops are taught by experienced teachers with newly-published fiction and excellent credentials. They will focus on point-of-view, navigating time periods, and how to do research for your fiction writing.
The cost of each workshop is $60 per session and includes a goodie bag (with a notebook and a copy of the author's latest book). All three workshops can be attended for a discounted price of $150.
10:30-11:45 - The Art of Research: Where to Begin and Where to Stop with Jenna Blum
12:45-2:00 - Keeping Track of Time: How to Navigate Distinct Time Periods with Rebecca Rotert
2:30-3:45 - Hearing Voice(s): How Point-of-View Influences a Story with TaraShea Nesbit
4:30 - Reading and Signing from Jenna Blum, Rebecca Rotert, and TaraShea Nesbit
Jenna Blum has done extensive research on her own family for her novels. The investigation's twists, turns, and discoveries not only got her more in touch with her roots, but gave her plot options she never would have thought of. Her advice? The trick is knowing where to look and when to stop. Too much historical detail will overwhelm the story if not kept in check.
Rebecca Rotert's novel Last Night at the Blue Angel is set in two decades--the 1950s and 1960s--in different cities. These periods add historical information and social mores to the narration, and help build suspense. The point-counterpoint must be carefully structured and managed to keep the narration consistent and the plot moving. A character evolves through time but also must have direct ties to the past. Of equal importance is how the two periods converge.
TaraShea Nesbit's The Wives of Los Alamos is told in the collective voice of the wives of the title. This point of view is difficult to pull off, but Nesbit does it to strengthen the bonds of the women and keep the reader outside the circle, illustrating their isolation that much more. Determining point of view is one of the first things to think about when sitting down to write a story. How would a story be different if told by a single narrator in the first person or if told in the third person? This session will explore how your choice of point of view can shape the overall effect of the story.