Geeks, freaks, cheers and beers.
What I'm reading this week:
by Shannon Baker.
Big congratulations and a fly-over of the corporate UFO to Rudy Ch. Garcia for his Honorable Mention in the category of Fantasy/ Science Fiction novel in the 2013 Latino Book Awards for The Closet of Discarded Dreams
If you missed this year's Denver ComicCon, you might get your geek credentials revoked. Just sayin'
After a long absence (years!), I did my bit at the Larimer Square Chalk Festival. Three days on my hands and knees, getting so down and dirty that I'm surprised I wasn't arrested.
My fellow scriveners,
- Spinning your writer wheels?
- Looking for inspiration and support?
- Is a thirst holding your Muse hostage and you must pay the ransom with booze?
If you checked any of the above, then sign up for this year's Lighthouse Lit Fest
. Bring your trusty writing implement, bend a knee, and learn from the fabulous Lighthouse faculty: Steve Almond, Robin Black, Andre Dubus III, Bill Henderson, Gordy Hoffman, Erika Krouse, Thomas Lux, David Wroblewski, and Jason Heller. Plus me, and I'll be teaching these craft seminars:
Monday, June 10. You Had Me At Hello.
A great story begins with a great intro. The opening lines of your novel
should draw the reader into your house of magic. Make them suspend
disbelief and follow you deep into the drama. In this workshop we’ll
discuss masterful opening lines and analyze the techniques used to
create a compelling tone and an engaging voice. Participants are invited
to bring the first page of a fiction (or narrative nonfiction)
Thursday, June 13. The Longest Distance: Putting Your Ideas On The Page.
It’s been said that the longest distance your ideas will ever travel is
from your head to your hands. We’re writers and we live to write—or so
we say. Then why don’t we write? Why are writers masters of
procrastination? In this workshop we’ll discuss self-defeating
behaviors, head trash, and those other nasty demons that keep hijacking
our motivation. More importantly, we’ll discuss techniques to shorten
the distance between your head and your hands.
Monday, June 17. Start With The Diamond: The Premise of a Great Novel.
Your brain is bursting with ideas for a wonderful novel—your big
breakthrough. But you’ve been here before. A hundred pages into the
manuscript, you peter out. Those great ideas stagnate and your plot
turns into a soggy mess. In this workshop we’ll discuss how theme and
character motivation drive the story. We’ll drill through your plot to
find the true premise—the diamond—that you can build your story around.
Participants are invited to bring an outline for a novel that we’ll
discuss to find the diamond.
And...Thursday evening, June 13, I'll be on the salon panel, Yes You Can: Writing in a Subjective World.
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