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On Friday I attended the 4-hour workshop with Robert Dugoni, who always gives a good class. I had some epiphanies that unblocked an issue I was having about my novel which I’ll write about in greater detail in a later post. Anyway, now I’m clear on some things and feel unblocked and can move forward with confidence. What a gift. If nothing else came of the weekend that would have been my pot of gold. But, there was so much more. Here’s a clip of Robert talking about scene settings.
Saturday we all walked to the Edmond’s Theater through the falling crimson leaves, blinded by the sun reflected off the waters of the Puget Sound – and then we crowded into the historic Edmond’s Theater where the Arts have been supported since the 1920’s. There we listened to the key note speaker, NYT Bestselling author Carla Neggers who was fabulously funny, entertaining and inspirational. Here’s a clip of Carla talking about putting your work out there and getting feedback before you’re ready.
Then there’s that itty-bitty woman with huge talent, Bharti Kershner who was ubiquitous at the conference, seeming to be everywhere – I asked her to stop stalking me – she said the same back. We laughed. Bharti taught a class about adding sizzle to your writing. Her experience as a globally recognized author with tasty talent, and her down-to-earth approach to writing with sultry-sizzle pulled some great stories out of the class. I love some of the workshop take-aways like writing exercises and then hearing what others have written. Her class was informational and instructional on how to use food & spices and what those elements bring to a scene.
And just before a stunning sunset on Saturday, Rick Steves, our celebrity travel guru in Edmonds gave a generous talk about being a travel writer. No one has had greater success as a travel aficionado and global expert, and more importantly no one teaches the history, politics and humanity of other countries with such laid back sophistication as Rick. If you want to be a travel writer who delivers more than a sunny description of place, this is your mentor. Great class. Check out his book, Travel as a Political Act.
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