Literary Liaisons

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I Will Be Teaching In September – Join Me!

“Special” Manzanita Writers’ Series Event

                                                                                  Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130objects card
Saturday September 17th 2016
Writer’s Workshop
10 AM – 3 PM
Cost: $50.00

How 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 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, and the EPIC fiction award for her short story, The Frenchman. 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

Please visit the Hoffman Center website to register by September 8th for this fast paced informative writer’s workshop.  or contact Mindy at Lifewerkz AT


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