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Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your Writing Life

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Sun, 01/06/2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
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1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
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Now in its fifth year, we are offering this day of mini-workshops again on Sunday, January 6th in the Readings Gallery. Just like our “Resolutions” day, this will be an inspiration day devoted to starting the year off right in your WRITING life! From 11am-4pm on the hour, we'll feature local writing experts who will present mini-workshops, from generating story ideas, to writing about what really matters. Come for one workshop or several and bring questions, ideas, and snacks. Participants will receive 10% off recommended Writer’s Resolutions-related books, that day only. No tickets or reservations needed.

11:00am Bharti Kirchner 
Where Am I? Make your setting Unique

Where Am I?  MAKE YOUR SETTING UNIQUE –The place where your novel or memoir takes shape not only grounds the reader but done properly can become a character. How do you make a setting believable? What details do you choose? How much description is enough? How do you show these details through the character?

Bharti Kirchner is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels (in various genres, including historical, literary, and mystery) and four cookbooks. Goddess of Fire, a historical novel set in the 17th century, was shortlisted for the Nancy Pearl Award. Her most recent novel is Season of Sacrifice: A Maya Mallick Mystery (first in a mystery series). Bharti has written for Food & Wine, Vegetarian Times, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, and eleven anthologies. Her many awards include a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship.
Featured book: The Sound on the Page by Ben Yagoda


12:00pm Nancy Canyon
Using POV to Generate New Story

Advance your writing life by shifting point of view (POV) to build character and generate new ideas. Rewrite scenes in first, second, and third person to discover a character’s limitations, motivations, secrets, and back story. Learn how second and third person can call up lost memories and reveal deeper truths.

Nancy Canyon’s widely published: Raven Chronicles, Floating Bridge Review, Sue C. Boynton, Clover: A Literary Rag, and more. She holds the MFA in Creative Writing from PLU and teaches writing through Chuckanut Writers. Her poetry book Saltwater is available at Village Books; Dark Forest online; and Struck, a memoir, is being shopped around.
Featured books: The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life by Priscilla Long and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg


1:00 Laurel Saville
Speed-dating with Craft

Spend a few minutes with several essential elements of writing craft: point of view, setting scenes, narrative arc, grammar, and more. This fast-paced workshop will help you use these critical tools, often overlooked by aspiring authors, to enhance editing, improve voice, and bring your work to life.

Laurel Saville, MFA, Bennington Writing Seminars, is the award-winning author of a memoir, three novels, design books, and numerous other works, which have appeared in the Los Angeles Times magazine, Good Housekeeping,, The Bark, House Beautiful, and other publications. She has taught writing at workshops, colleges, universities, and as a conference speaker. 
Featured books: The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life by Priscilla Long and Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss


2:00 Stephanie Dethlefs
Make an Ordinary Story Extraordinary

Ever wonder if your story will be compelling to anyone besides you? A set of everyday events can quickly become an impactful story by giving attention ahead of time to these guideposts:  theme, internal change, audience, and intention. Participants will engage with these four components to strengthen a story of their own. 

Stephanie Dethlefs has facilitated hundreds of writers in the crafting of stories in a variety of settings, including as a story coach, an elementary teacher, a college instructor, a workshop leader, a nonprofit writing organization director, and around the dinner table with her family. Her stories have been published in Tahoma Literary Review, Literary Mama, The Christian Science Monitor, River Teeth Journal, and other publications. Stephanie is a frequent storyteller at live local events and is currently raising two avid young writers.
Featured book: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


3:00 Village Books Publishing Team
The Many Paths to Publishing 

Five centuries ago there were only two paths to publication – invite a lonely monk to copy your manuscript, or convince Mr. Guttenberg to run your book on his new invention, the printing press. Today, there are almost as many paths to publication as there are individual authors. The journey from finished manuscript to finished book can be long and confusing. To help clear some of the confusion, please join the Village Books Publishing Services Team as they discuss the major paths to publication available to modern authors.