Member Announcement: C. Lill Ahrens workshop this Weekend in Portland

Creating a Movie in the Reader’s Mind: Self-editing for Narrative Nonfiction Writers.

Saturday, March 15, 10am – 5pm.
Willamette Writers House, 2108 Buck St., West Linn. OR.
$85 OWC members/$125 OWC nonmembers. Nonmember price includes a one-year OWC membership.

To pay online or download the registration form to pay by check:

Calling all memoirists and other true story writers. This all day workshop is an intensive course in self-editing your “big picture.” Since only you can know your big picture, self-editing is crucial to your success. And if you like logic, self-editing is also lots of fun.

Ever wonder how reading a good story creates a movie in your mind?  The magic is achieved with carefully placed bits of story information: visual imagery of course, plus setups, emotional shifts, and so much more. Missing or poorly placed story information confuses and distracts a reader. But when you’ve included all the information and put it in the right place, your story will be a movie in your reader’s mind.

Bring your lunch and your writing supplies. And bring your true stories for self-editing activities. Lill will be teaching you all about the bits of story information, and how to know where they belong in your own work. In addition, you can choose to have a thorough and supportive critique of your first page.

Contact Lill for important information before attending the workshop:

bio – As the contest director for Oregon Writers Colony, an editor for Calyx Journal, a creative writing teacher for LBCC, freelance editorial consultant and writers’ coach, C. Lill Ahrens has read thousands of unpublished stories and debated the finalists with her fellow judges and editors. Hence she’s learned why some stories make the final cut while others fall short, and she knows how they can be improved. Many of her clients and students are now award-winning and published. Her own award-winning true stories are published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Best Womens Travel Writing (Travelers Tales).

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