Here’s something to put on your calendar for Wednesday, February 20, 2013:
Workshop on dialog in narrative fiction. Local author Dave Casler leads another writer’s workshop, this time on developing compelling dialog in narrative fiction. Learn how to make dialog realistic, compelling, and a key part of your storytelling. Dialog makes fiction come alive and provides a portal into our characters. It also pushes the story forward, informs the reader, and draws us into the book or short story. There are two sessions, both in workshop format. Bring with you samples of dialog you’ve written or particularly admire (or don’t admire!) and we’ll look at it together. Several exercises are provided in class to hone various aspects of dialog writing. All critiques are positive and gentle! The workshop is for the young and old—those under 14 should be accompanied by a parent who participates in the workshop. Between the two sessions, participants complete exercises at home designed to heighten you awareness of dialog, which we’ll share at the second session. Participation is free and open to the public. Please plan on attending both sessions.
Beth’s new poetry book, Canyon Notes, is available from Mt. Sneffels Press here. Recently, the director of the Ouray County Chorus, David Vickers, set one of Beth’s poems to music. Watch her read her poem and hear the chorus’s beautiful rendition.
I hope to see you at the upcoming workshop! It’s all about settings – creating a fictional world in which your characters live. It will be held at the Montrose (Colorado) Public Library meeting room right off the main lobby at 7:00 p.m. It will be entirely in workshop format. You can find the exercise worksheets by clicking here, which takes you to Google Docs. See a longer description of the workshop here. And you can see the announcement on the Library’s website here.
I’ll be teaching a free workshop on creating fictional settings, coming up on October 16th and 23rd, 2012, both Tuesdays, at 7:00 p.m. at the Montrose (Colorado) Library. The sessions are free and open to the public.
Here’s the advertising blurb:
Two-session Workshop on Creating Your Fictional Setting How’s your novel coming along? A sense of place is critical to drawing in the reader. Join fantasy writer Dave Casler in a two-session, hands-on workshop in which participants explore how to create just the right setting for your story. In the first session, Dave will guide workshop participants through a series of fun exercises to explore all the continuity issues that apply to your fictional world, fantasy or otherwise. Does your world have horses? Then it needs stables, hay, tack, pasture, and so on, not to mention characters who know how to ride! We’ll discuss how to develop a sense of authenticity as a backdrop for your novel. Knowing your setting well helps you put your characters in context. In the week between first and second session, participants will create their own fictional worlds and explore how their own characters interact with it. The second session will be entirely workshop in which we will share our worlds with each other in a low-key, positive way. Dave Casler, a Ridgway resident, is the author of The Story of the Great American Flying Broomstick series and has just released a new fantasy novel, The Unexpected Traveler, on Amazon Kindle.
I plan on having fun. Why not attend and have fun too?
Continuing my “behind the scenes” story, in this video I discuss basic themes in the book and a little more about the story. I also introduce some of the drawings from the book. You can visit the book’s page here, and purchase it on Amazon Kindle ($4.99) here.