Southern Oregon Willamette Writers presents: George Mason and Salli Slaughter

Stories from the Road: The Art & Science of Describing Place

(Please note that this is a change in scheduled presentation. Craig Wright will present on November 1.) 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Morning Presentation: 10:00 – 12:00.  Free to members, $10 guests.

It can be said that all writing is about travel, and good travel writing is about much more than just travel. It’s about good writing, an extension of the writer’s own history that takes the reader to a new world. We will examine and discuss examples of effective travel writing, the description of place in both fiction and non-fiction, and help participants improve their overall writing skills. The focus of the talk will be to:

  • Recognize the magic
  • Frame the wish
  • Engage the senses
  • Navigate around the pitfalls

Afternoon Workshop: 1:30 – 4:30   $30 for members, $35 for guests ($40 for whole day)

How to write about your neighborhood, a place you’re visiting, or a fantasy setting, and craft descriptions that lure, inspire, and take your reader on the journey you intend. It’s not about describing, it’s about engaging. It’s not about listing the obvious, it’s about suggesting the exotic, whispering the magical, making the hidden apparent. This workshop will help you as a writer to:

  • Improve your powers of description
  • Capture your reader in your web of words
  • Help your reader discover, move forward, and finish in a way that changes them


Participants are asked to bring two samples: One-page from a favorite writer that describes a place, and up to two pages of a descriptive writing sample of their own.

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point

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