Saturday, January 10, 2015: Ray Rhamey and Molly Best Tinsley

Morning Presentation: Three Keys to Compelling Storytelling

With Author, Editor and Book Designer Ray Rhamey.

Writing is different than “storytelling.” You can write beautiful English and sumptuous descriptions and crisp dialogue but, as literary agent Kristen Nelson says, “I think writers assume that good writing is enough. Well, it’s not.”

Using instructions packed with examples that generate insights and sprinkled with writing exercises, this presentation will deliver some of the “how-to’s” that the pros use for successful storytelling.

  • Grab your reader on page one
  • Bait your hooks with tension
  • Create characters readers will connect withray rhamey

Ray Rhamey is an author, editor, and book designer who operates a book editing and design business called Crrreative Book Editing and Design. He designs book covers and interiors for small and indie publishers (fiction, memoir, and non-fiction), including e-book versions, and he edits book-length manuscripts, specializing in fiction. Many writers know him through his “litblog,” Flogging the Quill, where he critiques opening pages of fiction submitted by writers. Ray is the author of Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells. He has also published four novels: The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles, We the Enemy, Finding Magic, and The Summer Boy.

Afternoon Workshop: Strengthen Your Narrative

With Author, Editor and Publisher Molly Best Tinsley

This workshop is ideal for those interested or involved in telling a story, regardless of genre­—fiction, creative non-fiction (memoir), and plays. We will explore the process of bringing out the structure of a narrative by focusing on these goals:

  • Discover the best point of entry into your storymolly
  • Develop your main character’s mission, enemy and story arc
  • Uncover your main character’s “fortunate flaw”

Workshop participants are invited to submit ( or bring a one-page synopsis for the afternoon workshop. We will use these to identify strategies for strengthening narrative.

In an episode of sanity, Molly Best Tinsley decided twenty years of teaching literature and creative writing at the U. S. Naval Academy was enough. She resigned from the faculty, moved west, and now writes full-time in Ashland and Portland. She crafts the monthly column Theatre and the Arts for The Jefferson Monthly magazine. Tinsley is the recipient of two National Endowment of the Arts fellowships in fiction, and has published a novel, My Life with Darwin, and a story collection, Throwing Knives, which won the Oregon Book Award in 2001. More recently, she co-founded a small press, Fuze Publishing. Among the 14 books they’ve brought out are two of her own: a memoir, Entering the Blue Stone, and the spy thriller, Broken Angels. This latest stint as editor has made her eager to communicate the importance of structure to a strong story.

Morning lecture: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free for members, $10.00 visitors
Afternoon workshop: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  $30.00 members, $35.00 guests ($40 for whole day)

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

Pre-registration is requested for the afternoon workshop:


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