June 18-22 at Colonyhouse features a new kind of program: Mix-It-Up Week. Three writers will teach three different writing skills. Take one, two, or all the classes, and you can stay in Colonyhouse for the workshops.
Here’s the sequence:
Monday-Tuesday, June 18-19 — Obituary Writing with Sharon Wood Wortman
A workshop in obituary writing will provide participants to take a close look at their life so far.
The two-day workshop is limited to the first five registrants. It includes snacks, handouts, and a free copy of On Writing Well, by William Zinsser, and A Heaven in the Eye, by Clyde Rice, the latter the winner of the Western States Book Award and published the year Rice turned 81.
Wednesday, June 20 — Mining Your Life for Laughs, Humor-Writing Workshop with Bob Balmer
Students will explore humorous writings in class and then discuss what about them makes us laugh: from exaggeration to characterization, from one-liners to irony and many other techniques. Special attention will focus on how the authors used events from their lives for humorous material
Thursday, June 21 — Free writing day
Friday, June 22 — Build Characters with Bill Cameron
In this interactive workshop, we’ll work together to create characters who are messy, engaging, troubled, powerful, scary — you name it. Through a series of exercises, some individually and some in teams, we’ll explore a variety of techniques for creating characters that jump off the page and come to life in the minds of your readers.
Sign up for the workshops individually by going to the links above, or sign up for all three below: