Everyone is invited to Founders Day.
Please join us to celebrate OWC’s Founders Day on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Colonyhouse in Rockaway Beach.
Members and nonmembers are welcome to spend the day meeting other working writers, OWC members, and board members. They’ll have an opportunity to tour the house, where OWC members take writing retreats. Participants will be able to choose from free workshops presented by three authors on the OWC board.
All this plus morning coffee and pastries, and lunch is included. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. When you register, if you’re interested in one of the workshops, please designate which one: Poetry, Character, or Writing Productively.
Coffee will be ready by 10 a.m., and the party continues throughout the day. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Workshops will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.
If you haven’t seen our writing retreat overlooking the ocean, this is a great time to visit — the one time each year when it’s not occupied by writers silently focused on getting that next page down. The beds will be made, the kitchen will be bustling, and good conversation will flow.
And if you have been to Colonyhouse, this is an excellent time to renew old acquaintances and meet new members. You can walk the beach, share lunch with new and old friends, and discuss your craft with other writers. That’s what Founders Day is all about.
Founders Day Workshops
The Danger of Poetry: Why All Writers Should Love It
1-2 p.m. (1 hour)
What makes poetry unique? Why should we embrace it rather than avoid it? Sue Parman discusses strategies for appreciating and writing poetry, especially in the use of metaphors. Discussion, examples, and writing prompts are provided.
Not Who They Think They Are: Building Character through Contradiction
2-3 p.m. (1 hour)
At its core, character development is not about likability, or relatability, or sympathy. It’s about empathy. As writers we must understand not only a character’s traits, interests, needs, and desires, but what they value and how they see themselves-as well as how others see them. Internal conflict and contradiction is often foundational in who people are.
This workshop will explore ways to build characters who may be fooling themselves, but are richer and more compelling as a result.
The Creative Process and Writing Productively
1-3 p.m. (2 hours)
Writing creatively is a tricky process. Teachers have often told us to brainstorm, research, outline, write a rough draft, revise (repeat, repeat, repeat), and then have your manuscript edited and proofread. But really, how effective is that linear process? Few of my fellow writers use that strict regimen at all.
Even if we know what we want to write, and we start out making good progress, what happens when we run out of inspiration and enthusiasm? How do we take the germ of a good idea into the process of creating a whole world peopled with fantastic characters, a fabulous plot, and a far-reaching audience, and then finish it?
This workshop is for writers at all levels and is designed to help you understand the creative process in general and your process in particular, and then we will talk about ways to stay on the writing path, from start to finish.
Sign Up for Founders Day