Upcoming writing workshop on the North Coast!

Don't panic!

I am offering a writing workshop here in Tolovana Park Feb. 11 and you really should join in! Details:

Revive, revisit, reassess: first aid for your writing project

“A book itself threatens to kill its author repeatedly during its composition.”

-Michael Chabon

Writers rarely want for Great Ideas: the seeds of spellbinding storylines and compelling characters surround us every time we walk out the front door. But the execution of these great ideas can be a tricky endeavor, and self-doubt, semantic clutter or simple boredom often lead us to quietly abandon our inspirations.

There’s hope yet! During this workshop, you’ll revive, revisit and reassess one of your own stagnating writing projects through a combination of group discussion, peer critique sessions and individual writing exercises. Along the way, you’ll gain insight into both your project and your creative process.

This workshop is geared toward fiction pieces of any length, but non-fiction, poetry and other writerly endeavors are also welcome. Writers of every level are invited to attend.

Before we meet, you’ll be asked to read a New York Times essay titled “Why do Writers Abandon novels?” On workshop day, you’ll bring 1-2 pieces (at any level of completion) for workshopping and a favorite piece of writing from another author to share.

Course date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 1-4 p.m. Pre-registration required.

Tuition: $45.

Contact: ejbstudio@gmail.com, or (573) 200-1121

Scholarship opportunities available through Tolovana Arts Colony.

About the instructor: Erin J. Bernard has a BA in creative writing and French from Linfield College and an MA in international journalism and magazine writing from the University of Missouri. She is a full-time freelance journalist on the Oregon coast and the former editor of the Cannon Beach Gazette. A fortune cookie once advised her to “know the right moment.” She thinks that’s darned good advice. Learn more about her at ejbwritingstudio.com.

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