Jane's Stories Press Foundation
For Women Authors
date: October 5, 2014
place: Hackney's on Lake
Glenda Bailey Mershon & Christine Swanberg
We had a really great time and learned a lot! Hackney's was again wonderful to us.
Rescuing Abandoned Fiction
Glenda Bailey Mershon
Do you have a drawer full of neglected stories, or perhaps a ditched novel or two? Let's talk about ways to get them back on track, how to scare yourself into an improved manuscript, and the pitfalls and joys of leaping into a career writing fiction. Glenda Bailey-Mershon will share her story of saving a long-neglected novel from the trash pile and show you how to avoid her past mistakes. This workshop will include exercises to help you over common hurdles, as well as a discussion of readying your work for the marketplace.
Christine will share some of her poems and talk about what "prompted" her to write them as well as their "shaping." Q and A follow. The workshop will focus on what prompts a poem into being and on "the shape a poem makes." We will look at various ways of sculpting free verse. We will also revisit the sonnet form to see what we might learn and create from that. Participants will have the following choices: 1. reshape a poem you have already written 2. write a new poem 3. try writing a sonnet. After a break, we'll form a Poetry Circle in which we'll share poems. This will not be a formal critique but a celebration of the work generated or revised today.
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