Writing Consultations with Anna
Alone with the Whole World: Cultivating Solitude to Deepen Character and Voice
Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Limited to: 17 Participants“How could I go deeper into my own vulnerability if I were to perpetually exist in a public space, if I had to perform (as we all must do, to some extent) in order to participate in society? So this charged isolation was the first step…” – Ocean VuongHow does a writer build a life so that the imagination can exist? How do we acknowledge, nourish and give our bodies to our stories? How do strengthen our writer’s voice? What losses of our curated selves must happen in order for language to take precedence over our social or public lives? In this two-day workshop, seventeen writers will delve into the spaces where character remains unseen, difficult or evasive. Together we will become liminal enough to allow character influence. With Anna Quinn and Sonya Lea as mentors, we will offer time for generative writing, ritual, practices to:
Anna Quinn is the author of The Night Child, (Blackstone Publishing, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Psychology Today, Writers’ Digest, Washington 129 Anthology, and more. Anna leads writing workshops across the country, and is the co-founder of The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA. She is currently at work on her second novel, Confidante. Find her at annamquinn.com
Sonya Lea’s memoir, Wondering Who You Are was a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards. Her essays have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Brevity, Guernica, Ms. Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, and more. She teaches writing in the United States and the Canadian Rockies. Find her at www.wonderingwhoyouare.com.
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Limited to: 10 participantsThe 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.
HOW TO FIND A GREAT LITERARY AGENT w/Anna Quinn
The workshop on Saturday, August 24th, 10:30-12:00pm is now FULL,
bUT we’ve added another session in the afternoon of Saturday, August 24th from 1:30-3:00pm. To register: call 360-379-2617.
Max. 12 participants
Ok, so you have an edited manuscript. Now what? How do you find the best agent for you and your book? What do literary agents do exactly? How do you find an agent that will secure the best possible book deal for you, negotiate a fair contract, protect your rights? What are the steps in finding an agent? What’s in a compelling query letter? A synopsis? Sample chapters? Who gets your book into libraries, bookstores, Costco? What’s an author platform and why do I need one? In this seminar we’ll talk about all these questions and the steps to finding an agent. For private consultation about your specific query or book proposal, contact me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaping Your Memoir w/Anna Quinn
Saturday, August 12, 2017
- 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Writers’ Room, BARN at Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
The goal of Shaping Your Memoir is to tap into the heart of your richest material and discover a way to shape it into a compelling and transformative story. The course is open to writers of all levels who have a memoir project underway or have a collection of reflections and stories they desire to transform into memoir.
Through the process of facilitated discussions and feedback regarding your own work, you will:
- develop your memoir by identifying turning points to create your narrative arc.
- identify details and imagery to evoke emotion rather than insist upon it.
- identify what to include and what to save for your next book.
- learn about various structures and identify which one best tells your story.
Write On The Sound Conference
Sat. Oct. 5th, 2019
The Art of Writing Emotional Truth with Anna Quinn
3:00 – 4:15pm
More info: http://www.writeonthesound.com
The Art of Writing Emotional Truth with Anna Quinn