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Story Stop: Writing, Editing and Personal Perspectives
This livestreamed conversation with fiction editor Kris Spisak and nonfiction writer & poet Rita Lewis will be a lively event. You’ll get to know us on a more personal level, and I suspect you’ll pick up some writing insights as well.
Kris’s new book is The Family Story Workbook: 105 Prompts and Pointers for Writing Your History. She’s also the author of Get a Grip on Your Grammar and The Novel Editing Workbook, both with solid tips and tricks. My business focuses on nonfiction, so when prospective clients come to me with a novel, Kris is who I send them to.
Rita Lewis is a poet, writer, and editor. We’ve worked together on multiple projects, large and small, and have been in a poetry critique group together for several years. She’s brilliant with metaphor and imagery. And if you’re looking for a business writer for shorter pieces (articles, case studies, white papers), I highly recommend Rita.
I don’t know about you, but I could use a good poetry fix to get me through the rush and tumble of the winter holidays. If you feel the same, come on in to Unvined Wine Bar, 7pm, Wednesday, December 17, for a little poetry reading (and maybe a glass of wine to fortify you against the cold). Good bud Harry Calhoun and I will be featured readers, then it’s a free for all (I mean open mic)! Wanna read? Let me know!
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See? THIS is what you have to be ready for. Poetry is the only hope!!
Raleigh Review‘s Southern Recitations workshop and reading series is almost half over! The final workshop for this fall is with Zelda Lockhart November 8-9, 2014. I’m really looking forward to this one as it is a generative workshop, i.e., a lot of writing time. How ’bout you? Need some good, productive, creative-writing time? Sounds like this one will be good for poetry, fiction or memoir! (I’m going for poetry myself.) Incidentally, I recently read Zelda’s novel Fifth Born and found it very compelling.
Mining the Mirror: Turning Emotional Landmines into Good Literature
November 8-9, 2014 | 10am-4pm Sat & 10am-2pm Sun | 410 N. Boylan Ave., Raleigh | $250, Early bird price $187 through October 25, 2014 | Lunch included both days
Writers of all kinds use their personal experience as a starting point for their work, but they often neglect, avoid, or simply don’t realize the deep, rich potential that is there. The Mirror Exercise is designed to help writers use the complex layers of their relationships to bring depth to literary plot. This and others of Lockhart’s writing exercises within The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript reveal the ways in which our personal plots parallel and are the artistic building blocks for literary plot.
Participants will create a whole short piece of fiction, memoir or small collection of poems within this two-day workshop. Whether you are experienced or novice, this workshop will offer you a way to instill emotional depth into your writing. Register now.
Zelda Lockhart is Director of LaVenson Press Studios, and author of novels Fifth Born, Cold Running Creek and Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. She was awarded a Barnes & Noble Discovery Award and was a finalist for a Hurston Wright Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Lockhart served as the 2010 Piedmont Laureate for Literature.
Ah, that Walt Whitman, he really knew what he was talking about.
Harry “the Great” Calhoun and I will be reading this Wednesday, July 23, at UnVine’d in Cary. There’s room for open mic readers and, of course, there’s room for a great audience.
Here are the details…
Location: UnVine’d Wine Bar & Tapas, 201 West Chatham St., #103, Olde Cary Commons, Cary, NC (Reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy, UnVine’d Wine Bar and Tapas is tucked away in the heart of downtown Cary. Fine wines at affordable prices… tapas, paninis and salads prepared by gourmet chefs… and walls adorned with artwork from local artists, courtesy of Manifestationz Art Gallery. It’s the perfect atmosphere for an evening of poetry!)
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm (or thereabouts)
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Open mic: You’ve got 5 minutes to wow the great audience. Sign up in advance with me (kswiberg at gmail.com) or Harry (HarryC13 at aol.com); or sign up that night.
Harry has had work published in various poetry journals and more than a dozen books, oh let’s risk inflating it, maybe two dozen chapbooks. But he’s old. His most recent collection is Failure is Unimportant. Don’t ask him if that’s true after he’s had a bad day.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 7:30pm-9:30pm UnVine’d Wine Bar & Tapas, 201 W. Chatham St. – #103, Olde Cary Commons, Cary, NC
Relax with a glass of wine and listen to poetry from two talented Raleigh poets: Harry Calhoun and Karin Wiberg. Open mic readers and other entertainers are encouraged and should contact Harry in advance of the reading (HarryC13@aol.com). UnVine’d Wine Bar and Tapas is tucked away in the heart of downtown Cary. Fine wines at affordable prices…tapas, paninis and salads prepared by gourmet chefs…and walls adorned with artwork from local artists. The perfect atmosphere for an evening of poetry!
And, as Harry likes to say, we are both cute as bugs. 🙂