Deborah Reed will be offering a writing workshop with the Deschutes Public Library series, WRITE HERE, at the Redmond Library on October 20th from 2-4 pm. Space is limited so apply early.
Editors and agents often say that the opening pages of a novel are the most important. If the writing doesn't grab the reader in this short amount of time, the manuscript will most likely be rejected. But knowing how and where to begin a novel can be daunting, and honing the pages to get them right can take a very long time. This workshop will explore the key elements of conflict, point-of-view, a sense of place, rhythm, and prose—right from the get-go of a story. The goal is to begin a novel by establishing an intimacy between your characters and the reader as you artfully shape a journey that will inspire him or her to keep turning the page.
Participants are encouraged to bring the opening page of their own work to share for a quick critique.
BEYOND THE ART OF THE NOVEL: Uncovering the craft of long-form fiction in a "flash"
In this course we will look at the elements of fiction that keep a reader engaged for 300 pages. Structure, narrative arc, metaphor as cohesive thread, viewpoint, and characterization. The goal will be to produce a piece of flash fiction that resembles a novel within the span of five pages. Be prepared to put your imagination to work, get creative, and write.
Join Deborah Reed at Beach Books to discuss and hear her read from her recent novel, The Days When Birds Come Back.
Cost: $30 includes a catered lunch and signed copy of the novel.
Please RSVP to reserve a spot: 503-738-3500
Join Deborah Reed as she reads from her new novel, The Days When Birds Come Back. She will also be discussing the ways in which the natural world informs and heals us, in particular, along the Pacific Northwest coast where Reed's novel is set, and where the author herself resides year round.
Copies of The Days When Birds Come Back will be on hand for sale through the Cannon Beach Book Company.
From Broadway Books: We welcome The Hummingbird Global Writers’ Circle to the store, providing an evening of literary readings and delightful conversations. Founded by writer-academic Dr. Debotri Dhar, the Hummingbird Global Writers’ Circle is a transnational “travelling” literary series that brings writers and local communities together, through themed events in different parts of the world, to foster a love of books, and to promote cultural exchange and global understanding. This evening’s theme is ‘Work.’ Speakers include publisher-writer Laura Stanfill (Forest Avenue Press), Broadway Books co-owner Sally McPherson, authors Dan Berne (The Gods of Second Chances) and Deborah Reed (The Days When Birds Come Back), writer-coach Jen Violi, and others. Artisanal teas and desserts will be served. This event is free and all are welcome, but space limited and RSVP requested: (email@example.com).