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I Am Teaching a Workshop in Manzanita ~ “Special” Manzanita Writers’ Series Event

I will be teaching a workshop in Manzanita on the Oregon Coast, in January. Join us! Below is the flyer.


objectsHow Objects Help Tell a Story  

Novel, Short Story or Memoir

with instructor Mindy Halleck                          

What is lord of the Rings without the RING, Cinderella without GLASS SLIPPERS? These iconic objects are shorthand for legendary stories that could not be told without them. Objects (sometimes called a plot-devices) in fiction writing can be overly done, however a well-crafted plot device, or one that emerges naturally from the setting or characters of the story, can enrich the story and provide an added layer of reader satisfaction. Objects can help establish a character’s values, which informs their choices. Students will learn to create a narrative for an object in a character’s life, how that object can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale.  Students get started on their story-telling journey beginning with an object in their lives. We will explore examples from literature to recognize how often these plot devices are skillfully used, and how objects in literature transform in movies. When, where, and how objects intersect with plot. How to create more depth in stories. And how one can utilize vision-boards in story creation. There will be writing exercises, visual presentations, displays, Q & A, handouts, and powerful story discovery worksheets.

Mindy will do a reading from her novel, RETURN TO SENDER at Manzanita’s Cloud & Leaf Bookstore after class from 4:30-5:30 PM.

Mindy Halleck is an award-winning author, and instructor. Her novel Return to Sender – set in the Manzanita Oregon of the 1950s – was a featured debut novel in Kirkus Review Magazine in 2015, and also won a ‘Readers Favorite’ award. Recently, Halleck won a Writer’s Digest fiction contest with her short story, A Mother’s Confession which is published in the (Nov/Dec 2016) Writer’s Digest Magazine. Halleck blogs at Literary Liaisons and is an active member of the writing community. A one-time magazine columnist and travel writer, she is a happily married, globe-trotter, three-time cancer survivor and currently working on her second novel, Garden of Lies.        To learn more please visit  Twitter @Mindyhalleck

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Please visit the Hoffman Center (after Dec 1s) website to register by DECEMBER 20th for this fast paced informative writer’s workshop. or

contact Mindy at Lifewerkz AT

Where: Hoffman Center for the Arts

594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130

When: Saturday January 9th 2016

What: Writer’s Workshop

Time: 10 AM – 3 PM

Cost: $50.00

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