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“Failure, Fear, Inspiration, and Excellence” with Jennifer Lauck

May 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


On Saturday, May 7, 2016, at at the Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, Willamette Writers hosts writing instructor New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Lauck who will present on “Failure, Fear, Inspiration, and Excellence”. The day will include a meeting in the morning and a workshop after lunch. Join us!

Morning Presentation: “Perseverance Through Memoir, Novel, and Shorter Forms”
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Free to members, $10.00 visitors
Writing is a solitary craft that offers many rewards and also can make you feel a little crazy.  Why do we write? What keeps us going? Portland author and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Lauck will discuss her own high and low journey through memoir and the novel, and how failure and fear were the most fertile areas of her development. A frank, funny, helpful, and informative look at the writer’s life. You’ll leave with insights about how to keep writing when you feel discouraged, how to grow as a writer, and wonderful tools that will enhance your writing practice.
Afternoon Workshop: “How Antagonistic Forces Shape Your Story and Define Your Characters”
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.   $25.00 for members, $30.00 for guests ($35 for whole day)
This will be an interactive workshop on increasing drama for a higher, stronger impact. This is not about car crashes and explosions, this is about the subtly that makes a story truly wonderful. To write interesting, compelling stories, you must understand what’s at stake for your characters, and the inner and outer forces that control them. Writers will leave this workshop with a formula that will help them write more compelling stories and build more complex characters. They will also learn the difference between the zero draft and first and second drafts, and how to use each version to deepen character. Finally, writers will learn how to clearly outline antagonistic forces and write scenes that show dramatic progressions that heighten tension for the reader.
If possible, please read The Reader by Bernhard Schlink before this workshop.
Jennifer Lauck

Jennifer Lauck

About Our Speaker – Jennifer Lauck

Jennifer Lauck is the New York Times bestselling author of Blackbird, Still Waters, Show Me the Way, and Found. She’s published essays nationally on Huffington Post and in anthology collections. With 30 years of experience, she began her writing career as an investigative reporter in TV news in Billings, Montana, has an MFA in creative writing. She has been teaching writing for ten years now, both as a Senior Fellow at the Attic Institute and at her own specialty school, The Blackbird Institute for Writers.

About Willamette Writers Southern Oregon Meetings

Southern Oregon’s monthly meetings are typically held the first Saturday of the month, September through June (minus December) at:
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers
140 S. 3rd St
Central Pt, OR 97502

All are welcome to attend. Members attend morning presentations for free as part of their membership. Visitors are invited to contribute $5.

For more info: soww77@gmail.com.