Wednesday, June 14th
6.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library
Free to the Public
Whether writers intuit the story arc or embed it explicitly, it is a fundamental structure that every person equates with a good story–a story that works for the reader.
- We’ll analyze a story’s arc. Story arc exercise sheet
- Apply theory to your own work.
- Be ready to share your work with others.
*Bring the completed exercise with you as well as a piece of narrative or drama you are currently working on.
Carolyn M. Crane is a produced playwright and published essayist and poet. She has taught creative writing privately through her website lightcampfarm.com and at The University of Phoenix online. She will be teaching a five-week creative writing class in Grass Valley through Sierra College extension this fall.
We warmly invite all participants in the competition and supporters of young writers to this event!
Kim Culbertson has graciously agreed to make the presentations; she will also address both the writers and others present.
First-prize winners of the Young Writers Competition:
These winners will read their winning pieces.
High School Fiction, Owen Knight (“Cuban/Smoked”), Forest Charter
High School Poetry, Anjali Figueria (“Fluffiness”), Forest Charter
Middle School Fiction, Natalie Trogdon (“Kelly Fredericks”), Home School
Middle School Nonfiction, Rachel Trogdon (“Searching for home”), Home School
Middle School Poetry, Mary Rose Athas “Valentine”), Home School.
Second and third place prizes will also be awarded.
Wednesday, April 12th
6.30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library.
According to NPR, by day Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning author WENDY HORNSBY is a genteel Professor of History, but by night is the purveyor of fictional murder most foul. Published internationally, she writes the Maggie MacGowen and Kate and Tejeda mystery series, as well as many short stories.
In addition to the Edgar Award, her work has been awarded the Mystery Scene Reviewers Choice Award, the Romantic Times Best Contemporary Suspense Award, and nominated for the Anthony Award, le Grand Prix de littérature policiere (France), and le Prix Du Roman D’Adventures (France). Publishers Weekly selected her 77th Street Requiem as one of its five best mysteries of the year. Her short stories can be found in a variety of anthologies, including several annual editions of The Best American Mystery Stories. They are collected in Nine Sons and Other Mysteries (Crippen & Landru).
Her most recent mystery, Disturbing the Dark, (Perseverance Press. April 2016) finds filmmaker Maggie MacGowen in Normandy, France. In the spring, Maggie’s ninety-two-year-old grandmother planted carrots in a field at the family’s farm estate in Normandy. In August, she harvests bones. Publisher’s Weekly declared Disturbing the Dark to be “Captivating”. Carolyn Hart found it to be, “Tense. Taut. Terrific.”
A retired Professor of History, Wendy lives with her husband in the Gold Rush country of Northern California. For more about the author, go to www.wendyhornsby.com.