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Check Out This Special Set of Fall Writing Workshops
EPIC is proud to offer two very special writing workshops this Fall
featuring Elena Hartwell and Scott Driscoll!
October 22 & October 29, 2016
9:30am - 12:30pm
Coldwell Banker Bains of Edmonds
108 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA 98020
Street parking in Edmonds is free. Lunch is not included, but light snacks will be provided. For more information or questions, please contact Tori Peters.
$75 per workshop or $125 for both workshops.
The Art of Research (For fiction, as well as non-fiction)
with Elena Hartwell
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Regardless of working in fiction or non-fiction, research can play an important role in your process as a writer. But how does one go about researching for fiction? What kinds of research might get missed for non-fiction? As a playwright and novelist, research is one of Elena Hartwell’s favorite aspects of writing. Join EPIC Group Writers and the author for a discussion about a variety of methods and areas of research to bring authenticity and engaging details to your work.
Discover what you can learn when visiting a location and how it can augment your descriptions and characters. Consider the ins and outs of interviews, when to record, when to get permission forms, and how to protect anonymity. How does a writer, who isn’t already an expert, make their characters sound like professionals in their fields? All of this and more will be on the table for dissection.
Elena Hartwell is a playwright and novelist who values research as a crucial element of writing. Join EPIC Group Writers and the author at this workshop to learn about a variety of methods and areas of research bringing authenticity and engaging details to your fiction and non-fiction work.
Elena Hartwell is the author of the Eddie Shoes Mystery Series, with over twenty years working as a playwright, writing instructor, and coach. For more information visit: www.elenahartwell.com
The Art of Story Structure
with Scott Driscoll
Saturday, October 29, 2016
In this story structure workshop, which will be suitable for writers of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir, we will explore two ways of thinking about story structure.
First, we’ll look at story structure as a desire quest. Starting with a potentially life-changing event, that disturbs the balance in a person or a character’s world, we will see how story proceeds as a quest, steered by a conscious desire, to achieve a goal aimed at resolving the disturbance. The process is the same for fiction or narrative nonfiction. We start with the changing event, proceed through a series of actions and reactions that take increasingly higher levels of risk, and arrive at a final action that results in an irreversible change. To illustrate how this operates, we will look at memoir-style essays in a collection, Gulag Voices, then observe the same process at work in short-short stories in Flash fiction Forward and we’ll look at examples in a novel as well.
In the second half of the class, we will learn from Jon Franklin in Writing For Story how to organize a book-length piece of fiction or narrative nonfiction into five structural “focuses.” This method breaks story structure down into its five most important dramatic segments and illustrates the role each segment plays in the over-arching story and helps the writer proceed by writing one focus at a time. To illustrate this at work, we will read one of Franklin’s own nonfiction examples, then see the process in a short story.
In the end, participants will have a method and a working plan to help them build stronger scaffolding into their stories.
Scott Driscoll is an award-winning instructor and writer. Scott will lead participants in an exploration of how story structure is a “Desire Quest” that upsets the balance of a character’s world and leads to life-changing events. Using Writing For Story by Jon Franklin, Driscoll will show workshop participants how to organize fiction or narrative nonfiction pieces into “five structural focuses.” You will learn how each of these “five structural focuses” contributes to your over-arching story.
WRITING CONTESTS & CONFERENCES
WOTS (Write On The Sound) Writer's Conference online registration opened Monday, July 18 at 9 A.M. The conference is September 30, October 1 and 2, 2016 in Edmonds, WA.
Local Publishing Company Looking for Nonfiction Book Proposals
Cave Art Press is a traditional publishing country in Anacortes, WA. They are now accepting to submissions for nonfiction book proposals in the following categories: first-account military history, adventure travel, memoir, nature and nautical, and general nonfiction. The submission guidelines are on their website: www.caveartpress.com
The website Entropy offers a long list of submission opportunities: http://entropymag.org/where-to-submit-august-september-2016/
upcoming BOOK SIGNINGS &