Participants will submit first pages ahead of time for critique and analysis of what constitutes a “killer first page,” one that grabs the readers’ interest and imagination right out of the gate. Once the stage is set, Ray will continue by presenting hands-on strategies for fleshing out characters, creating dynamic dialogue, adding experiential description, and amping up tension — the key ingredients of strong storytelling. If you write fiction, this workshop will shore up shortcomings, hone strengths, and fine-tune craftsmanship. Come ready to write!
The workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Portland area. The location will be announced later.
Register now at the early-bird rate of $50. After Jan. 15, 2017, the price increases to $60. Register online, below, or download the registration form and mail it with a check to OWC, P.O. Box 15200, Portland, OR 97293.
Ray Rhamey is an author, freelance editor, and book designer. He teaches workshops at writers conferences from Massachusetts to Mexico. He is the author of “Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling,” which coaches writers on both writing and storytelling technique.
Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen says, “It’s a must-have for any novelist, published or aspiring, and one of the most readable, entertaining books on writing out there.”
Ray has edited book-length fiction for 12 years and designs book covers and interiors for independent authors and small publishers. Many writers know him through his internationally known blog, “Flogging the Quill.” Ray’s novels include vampire satire, coming-of-age mystery, and science fiction.