May 4, Novelist and Short Story Writer Miriam Gershow Presents Fiction Without a Net

MiriamGMorning Session: (Free to members-$5.00 for visitors) 10:00-12:00 (networking at 9:30).

Fiction Writing without a Net: Successful novelist and short story writer, Miriam Gershow shares how she writes stories without an outline — and often without knowing what’s coming on the next page.  Hear:

  • How to begin fiction without an ending in mind
  • How to let the character lead you through the story
  • How to discover the plot as you go
  • How to find your way out of a dead-end
  • How to change your mindset during revision

Afternoon Session: ($30.00 for members, $35 for everyone else) 1:30-4:30.

Discovering the Story as You Go: Writing exercises and discussion generate brand new ideas for your fiction without the use of an outline. 

  •  Generate raw material without your internal editor getting in the way
  • Identify the hot points in your writing that are worth further exploration
  • Build a character who will take you into a story
  • Know where to go next without a predetermined plan

Miriam Gershow’s debut novel, The Local News (Spiegel and Grau, 2009) has been called “deftly heartbreaking” with “urgency and heft” by Janet Maslin of the New York Times, as well as “an accomplished debut” (Publisher’s Weekly) with a “disarmingly unsentimental narrative voice,” (Kirkus Reviews).

Her stories appear in The Georgia Review, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Journal, and Gulf Coast, among other Journals and have been in the 100 Distinguished Stories of The Best American Short Stories 2007 and in the 2008 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories. She is also a past winner of the AWP Intro Journals award and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She is the recipient of the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, as well as an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts in Portland OR.

Miriam taught fiction writing at the University of Wisconsin, and descriptive through Johns Hopkins University. She currently lives in Eugene with her husband and toddler son, where she is the Associate Director of the Composition Program at the University of Oregon (where she received an MFA).  She is at work on her next novel.

Where: Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. 3rd. St, Central Point, Oregon

When: Saturday, May 4

How: For further information and to pre-register,  contact Carol Ovenburg at Both Members and Visitors are welcome to both the morning and afternoon sessions. Pre-registration for the afternoon workshop is recommended.



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