Read like a Writer

Read like a Writer Presented by Kasie Whitener. More than just knowing you could have said it better, reading like a writer means understanding what the writer meant to do in a given passage. There are specific choices writers make in character, scene, and plot. This workshop is for avid readers who want to adopt … Read more

How To Collect Your Community Stories

How To Collect Your Community Stories Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) This presentation focuses on Oral History and its value to a community. Dr. Williams will share stories from two projects which he directed: the Appalachian Oral History Project and the Great Smoky Mountains Project. … Read more

Writers’ Work: Re-Vision Means Seeing the Work Again

Writers’ Work: Re-Vision Means Seeing the Work Again Presented by Kasie Whitener. Learning to re-vise or “see again” is the most important skill in creative writing. This workshop addresses the challenges of revision from the shortest flash fiction to a complete novel. This session provides basic principles of revision and practical tools for approaching the … Read more

Character Arcs and Plot Models

Character Arcs and Plot Models Presented by Kasie Whitener. This storytelling workshop presents the vocabulary for writers crafting short stories and novels. Who is the story about? What do they want? In exploration of genre expectations, seven basic plots, and the expected paths characters will follow, this workshop helps novice (and experience) writers name the … Read more

Running with Bulls and The Sun Also Rises

Running with Bulls and The Sun Also Rises Presented by Deno Trakas. The key scenes in the novel that launched Hemingway’s career take place in Pamplona, Spain, which is world famous for the running of the bulls every morning of the week-long Fiesta of San Fermin. As a devoted fan who had taught The Sun Also Rises for twenty … Read more

Only Trouble Is Interesting: The Art and Craft of the Short Story

Only Trouble Is Interesting: The Art and Craft of the Short Story Presented by Deno Trakas. The writer Lisa Cron has said that stories are more important to human evolution than the opposable thumb–the thumb helps us to hang on; stories tell us what to hang on to. Deno Trakas will read selections from several … Read more

A Reading from and Discussion of Messenger from Mystery

A Reading from and Discussion of Messenger from Mystery Presented by Deno Trakas. Novelist Sterling Watson calls my book “a taut page-turner about love and death on the dark side of international education” featuring a “forbidden affair of an American professor and his sultry Iranian student, the Hitchcockian suspense of men and women on the run … Read more