Workshops with Natasha

Title: Blogging Workshop with Natasha Deen
Date: Thursday October 10 2013, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Training Room
Description: What’s blogging and how can it help your business, writing, and family? Join Writer in Residence Natasha Deen for a hands-on demonstration of setting up and using a blog. Space is limited, so please register by calling 780-459-1682 or at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the library.

Title: Comedy Workshop – You Think That’s Funny?
Date: Wednesday Oct 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Meeting Room 5
Description: Writer in Residence Natasha Deen will break down the elements of comedy writing and show you how to put the ha-ha-ha in your happy endings.
Register online, in person or call 780-410-8600

Upcoming Workshops

September 29 ~ Culture Days Event, Writing Workshop with Janice Macdonald, St. Albert Library 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Local mystery author, Janice MacDonald, joins our regional writer-in-residence, Natasha Deen, for a full-morning writing workshop. Janice is best know for her Edmonton-set novels featuring amateur sleuth, Miranda “Randy” Craig. Explore all aspects of writing–plot, story, characters—as well as hints about publishing and making a living as a writer with Janice and Natasha. Please register for this free event by calling 780-459-1682 or at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the library.

September 29 ~Culture Days Event, Writing Workshop with Marty Chan, Strathcona Public Library 1:00 – 3:30 PM

Through personal anecdotes and interactive exercises, Marty Chan will reveal the secrets of writing well. He’ll explain the general differences between writing fiction, theatre and film; and, using simple techniques, he’ll break down the mystical art of writing into practical, easy-to-apply concepts. No need to bring existing writing, but be prepared to create some stories on the spot! Sun Sep 29, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, Rooms 3-4. Register online, in person or call 780-410-8600

October 16 ~ Talk, Cassie, Talk! ~ Strathcona Country Library, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Join Stephen Leacock Award winner Cassie Stocks and Writer in Residence Natasha Deen for a hilarious and informative foray into the world of comedy writing, check-out aisles, and dancing ghosts. Register online, in person or call 780-410-8600.

Natasha’s Sessions for September

September 10 ~ SCIF Writing My Story – EPL (Stanley Milner) 2:00 PM

Want to tell your story? Lead by local writer Natasha Deen, EPL’s Safe Communities Writing My Story creative writing workshop series is designed to assist participants with telling their story through writing. This program is funded by the Building Safe Communities Through Inclusive Learning Project. Program will be held on the 6th Floor, Room 5. For more information call 780-496-1827.

September 11 ~ Writing Workshop with Mary Pinkoski – Strathcona County Library, 7-8:30 PM

Join nationally-ranked Canadian Spoken Word Poet Mary Pinkoski for a spoken word workshop. Mary will work with participants to workshop a spoken word poem from its initial stages of writing into performance. (Participants are welcome to bring one poem of their own work, but it is not necessary.) Writers all levels and abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend. For a sample of Mary’s work visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8VVSHvPPQs

September 17 ~ SCIF Writing My Story – EPL (Stanley Milner) 2:00 PM

Want to tell your story? Lead by local writer Natasha Deen, EPL’s Safe Communities Writing My Story creative writing workshop series is designed to assist participants with telling their story through writing. This program is funded by the Building Safe Communities Through Inclusive Learning Project. Program will be held on the 6th Floor, Room 5. For more information call 780-496-1827.

September 19 ~ What’s a Query, Anyway? – Strathcona County Library, 7-8:30 PM

What are the Top Five Things editors and agents hate in a submission? Join Writer in Residence Natasha Deen and learn how to query like a pro!

September 24 ~ SCIF Writing My Story – EPL (Stanley Milner) 2:00 PM

Want to tell your story? Lead by local writer Natasha Deen, EPL’s Safe Communities Writing My Story creative writing workshop series is designed to assist participants with telling their story through writing. This program is funded by the Building Safe Communities Through Inclusive Learning Project. Program will be held on the 6th Floor, Room 5. For more information call 780-496-1827.

September 25 ~ Re-Edit – Strathcona County Library, 7-8:30 PM

You’ve written your book and it’s good…you think…. Join Writer in Residence Natasha and get some simple editing techniques that will take your story from good to great!

September 29 ~ Culture Days Event, Writing Workshop with Janice Mcdonald, St. Albert Library 9-12:00 PM

September 29 ~Culture Days Event, Writing Workshop with Marty Chan, Strathcona Public Library 12-2:00 PM

Wondering What You Missed at Last Night’s Session?

Thanks to everyone who braved the soggy weather and came out last night.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are “Three Things About Plot.”

  1. Plot is a series of ACTIONS–your character is doing something.
  2. Plotting is a great way to do a spot check for character/story holes
  3. It’s also great if you’re looking to be traditionally published–if you know your plot, you’re ahead of the game when it comes time to write your blurb/synopsis/query.

If you’re looking for further reading on plotting, try:

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery, James N. Frey

The Weekend Novelist, Robert J. Ray

Writing the Breakout Novel, Donald Maass

Signature2

Editing Workshop at St. Albert Library

© Shershellka | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

© Shershellka | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

When: Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 7:00 PM in Forsyth Hall

Join me for a discussion on the most common errors writers make with their prose. Learn how to edit for content and make your characters more vibrant, your writing tighter.

And don’t forget, all who attend can enter to win a copy of Pauline Gedge’s The King’s Man!

Query Session Follow Up & Author Visit

Before we do a follow-up, a quick note that Sci-Fi author Robert J. Sawyer will be in Edmonton to celebrate the release of his 21st novel, Red Planet Blues. You can find him on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m. at Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue.

****

Thanks to all the folks who braved the snowy conditions and came out to the session on querying agents & editors.

For those who couldn’t make it, here are the top three things to know:

1) DO YOUR RESEARCH. Make sure you’re sending your manuscript to the appropriate agent/editor (and make sure you’ve done your check to ensure the person is legitimate).

2) Remember that your query letter is your resume on a page. Be professional and to the point.

3) Start on a new project as you’re querying–it’ll help alleviate your anxiety as you wait.

For more info on how to put together a blurb, head here, and for information/examples of queries and synopsis, head here.

Questions? Email me at regionalwir @ gmail.com

Signature2

Follow Up to “Dream Interpretation” Session

What an excellent Sunday–dreams, writing, and excellent company! Thanks to all who came out to the session.For those who couldn’t make it, here’s three things to know about dreaming & its link to writing:

1) Dreams are symbolic and speak in metaphor & associations.

2) When interpreting a dream, it’s best to follow character/plot/setting & think of what that image means to you (for example, if an elephant is in your dream, what does it represent to you? Memory? Tradition? A link to the past? Family?)

3) Once you learn your dream language, you can then start using the same skills to boost your descriptive writing.

For more information, try these books:

Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams, by Eugene Gendlin

The Dream Mind How and Why We Dream By Naughton, Bill

The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Symbols, Signs and Dream Interpretation  By O’Connell, Mark*

*Attendees of the session will remember I said that dreams are subjective & dream books that have a one-size/one-interpretation fits all doesn’t work. I stand by that statement. However, these books are great resources for priming your own association & reference points.

Signature2

Follow Up to “Writing Dimensional Characters” Workshop

What a fun day–really enjoyed the questions!  Thanks to all who gave up their Saturday afternoon to attend the workshop. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s three things to know about writing characters:

  1. A character is made up of a number of factors, from physicality to socio-economic status, to family and education.
  2. The trick to good characters is how these factors influence the character & how these elements provide the personality bias through which the character views life (for example, most people think cats are stand offish and loners. Yet cats have over 200 distinct vocalizations. Common sense says any creature with that much vocabulary seeks to communicate, still, the myth of the antisocial cat persists).
  3. Your villain should be written not as the bad guy, but the guy whose agenda differes from the protagonist.

For more information, try these books:

Writing for Emotional Impact, by Karl Iglesias

The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth, by James N. Frey

Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies, by Blake Snyder

Signature2