Writer’s Workshop Fun at Queen Creek Library!

I’m teaching on writing scenes for novels, short stories, and memoir this Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Queen Creek Library from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Admission is free. Come, bring a friend, and pen and paper or a laptop. You’re welcome to sign up here or just show up!

For the uninitiated, a scene is a segment of story action written moment-by-moment “on stage.” It is not something that goes on inside the character’s head. You will notice scenes in a book you’re reading because they are separated by white space. Often more than one scene appears in a chapter. You will have the opportunity to map out your own scene during the workshop.

The workshop will include tips on how to add tension that keeps readers flipping the pages to dialogue, action, and a character’s thoughts. Common low-tension traps like weather, landscape, and backstory can be made more tense with a little tweaking.  We’ll also be exploring micro-tension, the moment-by-moment tension that keeps the reader in a constant state of suspense over what will happen, not in the story but in the next few seconds. You’ll get the chance to practice what you learn.

I’ll also be teaching at the Queen Creek Library about publishing and marketing on Saturday, June 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.