Dear Writers, Thank you for your support of Mechanics’ Institute’s literary endeavors and for your participation in our writers’ groups and activities. I am proud of your efforts and eager to champion your literary achievements so please let me know when you publish something or win an award. I have had to cancel several classes lately due to lack of enrollment. If you aren’t seeing the classes you need to grow as a writer please let me know! Meanwhile, we have several upcoming classes that I would like to alert you to.
Are you ready to become adept at telling (not writing) your story? As an author there will be innumerable times when you will need to tell the story of your book (i.e., your elevator pitch), describe how you got into the writing biz, or provide your brief biography. What's Your Story? Become an Unforgettable Storyteller: How to create, frame, and tell memorable stories for every occasion; presented by author, librarian and storyteller Kate Farrell may be the perfect class for you.
In this interactive experience on September 21, you will learn basic storytelling techniques and discover your storytelling style. With step-by-step coaching you will learn how to distill your memories and experiences into useful anecdotes. All it requires is your authentic voice and a love of stories.
We are offering How to Write Stunning Sentences with Nina Schuyler again, back by popular demand! Nina Schuyler always receives RAVE reviews from her students. Get a taste of her style from her book How to Write Stunning Sentences in our Library’s collection. By the end of the class, you will have mastered the art of writing sentences that do more than move the story along.
In October we are hosting the magical Ona Russell for two classes. Back in April she offered a lite version of Writing the Past: The Truth of Historical Fiction at the Writers Lunch. She had the audience hanging on her every word (me too!). This time around she will offer more amazing literary tricks that will help make your historical fiction piece as real as possible. Snag a cheaper price by registering early!
Ona also will be offering Clues to Writing a Mystery. As a master of the genre, she will offer tips and advice to help you bang your story into shape; will discuss the attributes of a compelling sleuth and explore how to build suspense and effectively plant clues. Most importantly, she’ll examine the makings of a good crime as well as the kind of character who would commit it. Whoa! Register by September 20 for early bird pricing. Her three historical mysteries are in the Library’s collection.
With fond regards, Taryn