As Central Coast Writers president, I'm very excited about CCW and look forward to continuing to be a part of a wonderful board and a wonderful organization. During my time as president, I hope to establish partnerships with other like-minded organizations in the community, such as libraries, book clubs, book stores and non-profits. I would also like to work toward greater communication between our organization and other Northern California writers' clubs. If possible, I would like to create a follow-up workshop with one of our guest speakers. Lastly, I hope to create a speakers' bureau that we use to go to other organizations and speak about CCW. It's an ambitious agenda, but why not dream big!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Juliette Wade is an author of science fiction and fantasy who loves language and its cultural consequences. She will talk about worldbuilding as a fundamental skill for a writer of any genre. Learn how characters act as ambassadors for their worlds, and how to use them to convey key information to the reader. We will analyze examples and discuss key aspects of crafting a successful story world, such as climate and culture, economy and language.
Jo Haraf: Timely Transitions – When Characters Turn To The Past
In her blog, Life as an MFA Coed (www.joharaf.com,) Jo Haraf wrote, "The transformation of a lifelong geek into a born-again fiction writer is a messy, but satisfying, endeavor."
After decades publishing on business and technology, Jo traded non-fiction for historical fiction. She will talk about how characters revisit their pasts to explain their present. Through excerpts from novels, short stories and memoirs, she'll discuss how authors go beyond white space and chapter breaks to craft engaging leaps through time in scene and backstory. Her fiction and poetry have been published in the California Writers Club Literary Review and Ragnarok.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Sheldon Siegel: The Making of a Thriller
Siegel will describe the process of putting together his latest novel, The Terrorist Next Door, set in his hometown of Chicago. He is the New York Times best-selling author of seven critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. His books have been translated into a dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide.