If you're confused, overwhelmed, or simply mystified about what it takes to get your book from your desk onto a bookstore shelf, then this workshop has the answers you need. Learn the basics of the business, including publishing models, what agents actually do, and how to protect yourself from scam artists.
Do you understand POV? (It stands for "point of view.") What about "Show, Don't Tell"? Do you know what a dialog tag is and how to use it? Discuss these and other essential building blocks of your novel.
How do you decide what happens in your novel? Do you have enough plot to carry you to the end? Is there too much going on? How do you keep the action going and your readers turning pages? Learn these essentials to fiction writing.
Repeats every month on the last Tuesday until Tue Nov 27 2012 except Tue Jun 29 2010, Tue Jul 27 2010, Tue Dec 28 2010, Tue Jun 28 2011, Tue Jul 26 2011, Tue Dec 27 2011, Tue Jun 26 2012, Tue Jul 31 2012, Tue Dec 25 2012.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Interested in short stories? Come engage in discussions of classic and modern short stories by well known and not so well known authors. Monthly events are free to the public age 18 and above. Enrollment is limited to 21.
To reserve a place, call (256) 684-5803 or (256) 536-7898 and get your short story reading assignment. Once a spot has been saved for you, please advise if you have to cancel so that others on a potential waiting list can be contacted to attend. The story must be read in advance!Read more about Short Story Analysis for Amateurs
Revenge drives this superb stand-alone from Edgar-finalist Koryta (A Welcome Grave). Frank Temple II, a U.S. marshal, commits suicide after a tip leads to the exposure of his secret life as a hit man. Seven years later, Frank II's 24-year-old son, Frank Temple III, learns from an old Vietnam pal of his father's that the man who ratted out Frank II, Devin Matteson, is returning to Wisconsin from Florida. Temple heads to his father's cabin in remote Willow Flowage, Wis., to confront Matteson, who first recruited Frank II into the assassination game. Temple realizes that there's more at stake than his vendetta against Matteson, as he encounters a group of ruthless killers and joins forces with Nora Stafford, the owner of an auto repair shop. Koryta's dialogue is as sharp as the knives his characters wield, and his plot twists at the most unexpected moments. This thriller places Koryta solidly in the company of the genre's most powerful voices Read more about Madison Murder, Ink.: Envy the Night
In her third outing, Quinn, a menopausal Seattle PI who’s currently bedeviled more by hot flashes than by unsolved cases, is hired to prove the existence of Danny Timpkins, a 15-year-old with AIDS whose published story of surviving childhood sexual abuse has inspired millions and whose fragile condition keeps him isolated. Her client is Alex Krapp, a Hollywood screenwriter who has come to love Danny while communicating with him only by phone (and recording the calls on cassettes). Krapp is writing a screenplay based on Danny’s life, but when a Vanity Fair writer starts digging into whether Danny really exists, HBO wants proof before proceeding with the project. Quinn is dogged in finding answers, even when they aren’t the ones Krapp wants. Argula (pen name of Darryl Ponicsan) displays a sure, brisk style and a strong sense of place that should win fans for this appealing, quirky series. Read more about Madison Murder, Ink.: Krapp's Last Cassette
In 1925, renowned British explorer Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett embarked on a much publicized search to find the city of Z, site of an ancient Amazonian civilization that may or may not have existed. Fawcett, along with his grown son Jack, never returned, but that didn't stop countless others, including actors, college professors and well-funded explorers from venturing into the jungle to find Fawcett or the city. Among the wannabe explorers is Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker, who has bad eyes and a worse sense of direction. He became interested in Fawcett while researching another story, eventually venturing into the Amazon to satisfy his all-consuming curiosity about the explorer and his fatal mission. Largely about Fawcett, the book examines the stranglehold of passion as Grann's vigorous research mirrors Fawcett's obsession with uncovering the mysteries of the jungle. By interweaving the great story of Fawcett with his own investigative escapades in South America and Britain, Grann provides an in-depth, captivating character study that has the relentless energy of a classic adventure tale. Read more about PageTurners: The Lost City of Z