The Randall Platt’s one-day workshop on point of view, scheduled for August 19, 2017, has been canceled. It will be rescheduled.
You are invited to the Colonyhouse for the 29th annual Founders Day, Sunday, August 13, 2017. We first began holding these summer get-togethers at the Colonyhouse to celebrate the purchase of the house. They offer members the opportunity to visit the Colonyhouse, get acquainted with fellow writers and enjoy the Oregon coast.
You can arrive any time after 10 a.m. and stay until 4. We’ll have coffee, tea and goodies when you arrive and will serve a light lunch at 12:30 p.m.
We ask each attendee to bring a helpful writing tip, a special quote about writing, or a personal experience that has helped you in your writing life. Please make your contribution no more than five minutes long, so everyone will have time to share.
Cost is $15 per person.
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Oregon Writers Colony will present a workshop titled Just Whose Story Is This? Point of View, Tense, and Voice, a one-day intensive at the Colonyhouse, Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historical fiction author Randall Platt will lead the workshop.
The cost of the workshop is $50.
Point of view is probably the most important decision any writer of fiction has to make when facing the loneliest place on earth: Chapter One, Page One. Who is the best character to tell the story? Which character offers the best voice, the most possibilities?
What about multiple points of view? Every story needs a strong storyteller. What characters, what tense can best tell your story and result in the best possible voice? We’ll dissect the opening of a novel — switch it all around, have fun with it, explore point of view, play with the tense and find the right voice. We’ll play around with several short writing sessions bound to make you stop and think — just whose story is this?
We’ll start off with coffee, introductions and getting to know each other. What are you working on? What are your goals? What brings you here today?
After introductions we’ll talk about craft.
Type and Stereotype — How To Etch A Character
So what if you can’t draw? You’re a writer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do all you can to etch the best character you can.
Don’t let your characters fall into the pit of stereotype. With fun exercises, we first create stereotypes and frankly discuss why we think that way. How do we keep our own preconceived and maybe even biased opinions about certain types away from the characters we create? Can we, should we, create characters outside our own experience? Finally, we will then re-create our stereotyped characters, making them real, unforgettable and unique.
Now that we have a clearer idea of who we have found to tell our story, let’s have some fun with something totally weird but makes you stop and think about . . . .
It’s been a long, creative and fun day. Let’s have one last chat and discuss how our work might reflect the current issues of the day. As a writer of historical fiction, I can say without a doubt, that history does repeat itself.
Bring your work in progress, something to write on or with, all your questions and thoughts about the publishing industry.
UPDATE: The workshop has been canceled. It will be rescheduled.
Oregon Writers Colony Lit Lounge presents a mini workshop: Dribble, Drabble, Sudden: Writing Flash Fiction
Who: Becky Kjelstrom and Robin Anderson
When: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 12221 North Westshore Drive Jantzen Beach, Portland
Cost: $10 (includes coffee, iced tea, and snacks)
Flash fiction is not your mother’s short story. From six to 750 words, flash fiction turns your reader into your cowriter, taking your hints to imagine a larger story. Whether you write traditional short stories or sweeping sagas, practicing flash fiction can help you craft queries and blurbs as well as producing publishable pieces.
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Donald Maass, New York literary agent, author, and fiction instructor, will offer a one-day workshop in Portland on Saturday, June 10, 2017:
The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface.
Writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, but none would argue against the idea that that if you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader’s experience must be an emotional journey of its own.
On Saturday, June 10, veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass will teach exactly how to take your reader on that visceral and emotional journey.
Fee for the workshop: $150, payable to OWC
Date, time: Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Oxford Suites, Jantzen Beach
Donald Maass is the author of more than 16 novels. He now works as a literary agent, representing dozens of novelists in the science fiction, fantasy, crime, mystery, romance and thriller categories. He speaks at writer’s conferences throughout the country and lives in New York City.
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