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Corvallis Online: Crafting the Stand-Alone Book Excerpt

January 25, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Crafting the Stand-Alone Book Excerpt: the What, Why, When, and How

Willamette Writers on the River-Corvallis and the Coast Chapter will host C. Lill Ahrens’ presentation about stand-alones on Zoom at 6:30 PM on Monday, January 25, 2021.

A “stand-alone” is an excerpt edited to stand alone as a fiction or memoir short story. Years before finishing your book, you can submit stand-alones to contests and publications. An award-winning and/or published stand-alone attracts publishers to your whole book. A published stand-alone solves the conundrum, “You can’t get published without an agent, but you can’t get an agent unless you’re published.”

Crafting a stand-alone supports your book-writing process. It gives you a break from your book without leaving your book’s world. It adds depth to your entire story. While you spend years completing your novel or memoir, your award-winning and/or published stand-alones are providing rejuvenating jolts of validation. Lill’s info-rich presentation includes step-by-step instructions for crafting stand-alones as well as an activity. Bring your book in progress.

How to join the meeting:

Click the registration link below, enter your name and email address, and you will receive the meeting link immediately. You will also be able to add the meeting to your calendar.

Register in advance for the January 25 Corvallis/Coast Chapter meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About Author

C. Lill Ahrens is the author of 12 award-winning published stand-alones from her memoir in progress (working title), “Startled by Lions in Seoul, Korea: A Humorous Memoir of Serious Culture Shock” She’s an editor for Calyx Journal, a judge for Willamette Writers Kay Snow contest, a creative writing instructor and recently retired editorial consultant with published and award-winning students and clients. Currently she Zooms her guided critique class “The Writers’ Ready Room” for Corvallis Parks and Recreation.


January 25, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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