Revising For Depth and Emotion
Date: Saturday, January 18th
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA (www.writersworkshoppe.com)
Limited to: 10 participants
The purpose of this workshop is to help you develop the full energy of your writing. Bring up to 1200 words of a short story, excerpt from a memoir or a novel—anything you’d like to enhance, tweak, revise, broaden or polish. We’ll listen to you read it, and then, talk about what happened in our bodies and minds when we heard it. Did it make our eyes well, make us gasp or smile, tighten our chests, bite our lips, race our hearts, wake us up? Think differently? Wonder? Change our perspectives? You’ll hear no you shoulds in this group, only comments and questions that reflect a genuine curiosity and attention to your writing. Oh, and you’ll experience the writing expansion and evolution that happens when you take the time to attend to another writer’s writing as if it was your own. And if you are new to offering feedback, no worries, I’ll give everyone a wonderful list of questions that help draw out the essence and emotion of writing for you to refer to until you’re comfortable. My hope is that by the end of the day, your writing skills will have advanced, and you’ll trust your art even more than we started.
Bring 12 copies of a 500-1200 word piece. (Please respect word count) Double spaced. Size 12 font.
Anna Quinn is the author of The Night Child, published by Blackstone Publishing, 2018. Now in hardback, paperback, audio and ebook, The Night Child was selected by Ingram as a “Best Book for Book Clubs 2018”, and was recently listed as a #1 Amazon bestseller in Psychological Literary Fiction. Her essay writing has appeared in Writers’ Digest, Psychology Today, Washington 129 Anthology, and more. Anna has been a writing instructor for twenty-seven years.