Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Types of Thrillers to Write

Been contemplating writing a thriller, so I bought a couple of books to see what I could learn. Matthew Branton explains the type of thrillers that are being written in his WRITE A BESTSELLING THRILLER

Friday, April 08, 2016

Darcy Pattison Upcoming Novel Workshop

Master Class in Novel Writing 2016

< Return to WorkshopsJune 14 – June 17, 2016
Darcy Pattison

Darcy Pattison

Published in nine languages, children’s book author and writing teacher Darcy Pattison has been published with Harcourt, Philomel/Penguin, Harpercollins, Arbordale, and Mims House. Her books received recognition for excellence with starred reviews in Kirkus, BCCB and PW. Twice her books …

Workshop Description

You’ve been writing at a professional level for a while, but you still need to learn and challenge yourself. Come and join a deep discussion of practical issues that will take your next novel to a new level.
We’ll take two topics and explore them in depth: plot and point of view. Taking a wide view, we’ll explore various ways of working with plot and bring it to a practical level with tools and techniques that will help you make it personal to your work. Exploring point-of-view will expand the options for the voice of your next novel.
Led by writing teacher and author, Darcy Pattison, you must have either attended one of her previous Novel Revision Retreats or be a published novelist to attend. Our aim is to challenge the established writer to step out and take new risks, to work in a new direction. Some advance reading required before the workshop.
Mornings will be spent in lectures, interactive activities, and writing challenges and prompts. Afternoons are reserved for writing and evenings will be group critiques and discussions focused on the day’s challenges. You’ll have ample time to write and try interesting ways of working. Come and explore the possibilities.
Limited to 8 writers.
Our all-inclusive price means we provide:Transportation from the airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.

Workshop Information

Begins at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Friday, June 17, after lunch.
Event Cost: $1195

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Village on the Lake Writers & Poets

2nd Saturday Series & Open-Mic Night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Village on the Lakes Writers & Poets
Sponsors, Artist Retreat Center & Bella Vista Library
Held at the Artist Retreat Center in Bella Vista, AR found across from the Bella Vista Lake along Hwy 71. A Non-Profit - Admission is free. However, the ARC requests reservations at 479-268-6463.
The Fantastic HOUSTON HUGHES performs! Houston is a Performance Poet & Educator whose work covers comedy, drama, tragedy, storytelling, and political commentary, all expertly worded and performed with a tremendous stage-presence which lends his words even more power.
Hughes was introduced to poetry slam in 2006, and by 2010 had already made finals stage at the Individual World Poetry Slam, placing him among the top 12 performance poets in the world!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Spring Leaped

From a its dormant stage
into full bloom.
I am dancing
among the flowers
and weeds.
I do hope spring
didn’t come too early.
King Frost is known
to be watching
from the tops of the trees.
Watching a gardener
filled with eagerness.
King Frost can sneak in
on the wings of the wind.
Then he’s gone
Leaving death among plants
and disappointed gardeners.
Gardeners are a hardy bunch
they spring back to go again
with one eye on the sky.

© by Mary Nida Smith