Manzanita Writers’ Series 2016 Offers Expanded Workshop Line-up

coaster 14Get a mini-MFA in Manzanita, or at least expand your craft.

The 2016 Manzanita Writers’ Series provides an expanded opportunity for local and visiting writers to attend writing workshops taught by experts. No need to drive to Portland or sign up for a long-term college program.

The 2016 series offers a wide variety of writing workshops, from craft to the business side of publishing, from personal essay to humor to poetry to writing outside the box.

February kicks things off with Mining Your Life for Laughs with Bob Balmer on February 6.

Saturday, February 20, you can learn how to Craft a Strong Book Proposal with longtime Literary Agent Chip MacGregor, from 9 to 12. Then dive into craft from 1 to 3 with a workshop on Personal Essay writing with Ellen Urbani.

Do you find yourself talking about writing more than writing? Join Matt Love on March 5 for his workshop titled Getting the Writing Going.

And that’s just the first few workshops.  See all workshops to address issues like:

  • Want to learn how to find the laughter in life and craft it into your writing?
  • Do your personal essays lack attention-getting openers, truth-telling, brevity, and kick-ass summations?
  • Does your work need more in-depth observation of the world to translate it onto the page?
  • Do you know how to create a narrative for an object that can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale?
  • Do you want to learn to use emotion that really make pieces feel affecting, almost magic, to your readers?
  • Do you find it hard to break out of traditional narrative structure to create what you want to say, how you want to say it?
  • You’ll find further details on the workshops offered and the authors leading them there as well. You can easily plan out a year of learning and writing to take your writing to the next level.

For a little added incentive, here are two ways to give yourself deadlines to write to.

1. The next issue of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal will accept submissions from March 1 through May 31.

2. Use our Open Mic opportunity at the end of each featured author reading as another deadline. This year we continue to have a “suggested theme” for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write to theme for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement.

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