Calling all memoirists and other true-story writers from beginners to advanced! This one-day workshop is an intensive course in self-editing that focuses on editing the “big picture,” not on fixing your grammar or tightening your prose. Since only you can know your big picture, self-editing is crucial to your success. If you like logic, self-editing is also lots of fun.
Ever wonder how reading a good book or short story creates a movie in your mind? It’s because it’s composed of carefully placed bits of story information — visual imagery, setups and emotional shifts. Missing or poorly placed story information confuses and distracts a reader. But when you’ve included all the information and put it in the right place, your story will be a movie in your reader’s mind.
Bring your lunch and writing supplies. Also bring your true short stories and/or books in progress for self-editing activities. I will be teaching you about the bits of story information and how to know where they belong in your own work. In addition, you can choose to have a thorough, supportive, conversational critique of your first page.
About the Instructor: C. Lill Ahrens is the chair of the Contest Committee of Oregon Writers Colony, an editor for Calyx Journal, a creative writing teacher for Linn-Benton Community College, and a freelance editorial consultant. Lill has read thousands of unpublished stories and debated the finalists with contest judges and editors. She has learned why some stories make the final cut and others don’t. Her own award-winning true stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies, including “Best Women’s Travel Writing” (Travelers’ Tales).
The workshop takes place in the Willamette Writers House, 2108 Buck St, West Linn.
The price is $85/members; $125/nonmembers. Nonmember price includes a one-year OWC membership.
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