October 27, 2012 Events
Two Writing Workshops
“Let the Characters Decide: A Strategy for Triggering
Action and Raising Stakes in Stories”
led by Ramona Reeves, 1pm-3pm
“Writing in la lluvia: Writing like it’s your last day”
led by Bárbara Renaud González, 3pm-5pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
@ MACC, 600 River Street
Reading featuring Ramona Reeves and Bárbara Renaud González
Hosted by ire’ne lara silva
Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-a South 1st Street
Suggested donation: $5 to benefit Red Salmon Arts
Other events in the series:
Workshops and Reading featuring
Celeste Mendoza: “Body Bliss” and
John Fry: “Poetry as Pilgrimage”
Flor De Nopal Literary Festival 2012, December 7, 2012
“Let the Characters Decide: A Strategy for Triggering Action and Raising Stakes in Stories” led by Ramona Reeves
Sometimes we have great ideas for characters, but it’s not always easy to get them off the couch and moving and acting in ways that raise the ante in a story. This workshop will focus on getting characters to act and make decisions in such a way that each decision is compounded by the ones that came before it. When characters make decisions, a set of events are often triggered, the pace of a story quickens, and the stakes are raised. If we’re successful, this approach will increase the tension in the story you bring to revise and will add more complexity to your characters.
Ramona Reeves has received a writer’s residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and a fellowship from a A Room of Her Own. She has also been a finalist in the Austin Chronicle Short Story contest. She has published essays, poetry, fiction, and interviews. By day, she works as mild-mannered editor in Austin, Texas. By night, she writes and dreams.
“Writing in la lluvia: Writing like it’s your last day” led by Bárbara Renaud González
In this workshop, we will help each other swim in the river of fearlessness. It’s not about prizes or tamale stories (also good, but not what we are gonna do). In this workshop, we will help each other see ourselves a little better so that we find the dream of raining inside us. The best stories come from that rain, and this is why we’re here. And this is the only writing that will set us free.
Bárbara Renaud González is an award-winning writer, journalist, and activist. She is the author of the novel, Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me? and Willie and the Flood/Su Voto es Su Voz, a children’s book on the life of Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project founder Willie Velasquez. Gonzalez’ essays and articles have appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, Ms., The Los Angeles Times and many others. Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “Latino USA.”