Patio Room, Faith Presbyterian Church
5000 Colfax Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601
How to Write a Short Story
April 7, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m., at Faith Presbyterian Church (see above)
Every other year, SinC/LA publishes an anthology of short stories written by members of our Los Angeles, Orange County, and Hawaii chapters. For some members, this is their first foray into the world of publishing. It’s exciting, allows new and old members to strut their stuff and most of all it’s a killer publication. Past titles include: Ladies Night, Murder in La-La-Land, Murder on Sunset Blvd., LAndmarked for Murder, Murder X 13, Deadly Dozen, LAst Exit to Murder, and last year’s successful LAst Resorts.
With an eye to next year’s anthology, SinC/LA will be offering a Short Story Workshop for members looking to write their first short story, brush up their skills or join in the fun of a roundtable discussion. This year’s Short Story Workshop will tackle the following: Structure, Conflict, and Character, and most importantly that critical opening paragraph that sets the story and captures the reader’s attention.
Attendees should bring with them a copy of their WIP.
Taught by SinC/LA’s Award Winning Short Story writer, Nancy Cole Silverman. Ms. Silverman credits the fact both she and Edgar Allen Poe share the same birthday, along with her twenty-five years in talk radio, for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. After writing everything from commercial copy to news Silverman retired from radio in 2001 to write fiction. Today, Silverman has written numerous short stories and novelettes some of which have been produced as audio books. Silverman’s new series, the Carol Childs Mysteries (Henery Press) takes place inside a busy Los Angles Radio station. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband, four adult children, and thoroughly pampered standard poodle.
But check here again soon for next workshop.
Send your ideas for the upcoming workshops to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our November 2017 workshop, “How Does Character Drive Plot?” led by author, actress, and voice-over artist Petrea Burchard, was an interactive exercise in tailoring character descriptions to character wants and needs. Participants brainstormed ways to add depth and breadth to characters-in-progess.
A fun-filled afternoon filled with ideas and inspiration!
At our October 2017 workshop, “How to Write a Novel Using 7 Simple Steps,” author and writing professor JESS LOUREY led attendees step-by-step through her P.O.P. (Pyramid on Point) method of writing prep. She guided a sold-out audience through a series of exercises—from how to isolate the story theme and then expand it, develop character and map setting, to outlining the basic scene structure before the actual writing. From new writers to published authors, attendes left with new ideas and praise. “Best workshop of the year.”…“I learned so much!”…“Amazing.”
We couldn’t agree more. Thank you, Jess!
GEORGIA JEFFRIES guided an enthusiastic group through the rigors of crafting realistic character-speak at our July 2017 “Writing Dialog” workshop. Offering tips on character revelation through conflict, the rhythm of the scene, subtext, power shifts, and showing through action, Georgia had attendees act out scenes, and then led a lively follow-up discussion. We’ll be talking about this one for a long time.