Deb Filler_final
Kristy Lin Billuni
Sexual Tension Leaders

Sexual Tension September - Gillian Bagwell, Piper Huguley, Kristy Lin Billuni, Scott James

 

This presentation will take place on Sept. 18, 2021 at 11-noon PST

DESCRIPTION:  Four authors describe how to build sexual tension for their characters, how to organically build the spicy interchanges that make readers turn pages to find out whether they will or won’t. With straight and LGBTQIA perspectives, and with authors who take a light approach or a more heavily sexual one, you will find helpful information as you strategize how to get your own characters—and readers—to feel goosebumps.

 

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Learn more about each presenter: G illian Bagwell, Piper Huguley, Kristy Lin Billuni, Scott James

 

Countering the Classics - Alexandria Giardino

 

Alexandria Giardino  will present on March 13, 2021 at 11-noon PST

DESCRIPTION:  In honor of Women's History Month, we are countering classic children's books -- with an eye toward girl-centered stories! Alex will first share her creative process in writing her most recent  picture book, ME + TREE, in which the stump at the end of *The Giving Tree* comes back to life through friendship with a young girl. Then, she will lead us in exploring ways we too can creatively reimagine classic picture books. To prepare for this workshop, please choose a classic children's book and get ready to respond with your own creative voice. There will be a brief Q&A at the end of the session.

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A Conversation with Diana Gabaldon

 

Diana Gabaldon  will present on June 12, 2021 at 11-noon PST

DESCRIPTION:  Writing fiction at the level Diana Gabaldon writes is something most writers aspire to, having one’s work read by millions and reaching that reader on the other end, a person for whom many of us is either silent, unknown … or possibly nonexistent. In conversation with Open Page Writers director Erika Mailman, Diana will talk about how she has organized her life around writing and its many demands. This includes some potentially surprising insights: who knew that Dr. Diana Gabaldon also worked as a contributing editor to Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of Computers and has written many comic book scripts for Disney? This well-rounded author with three scientific degrees is more than just about Scotland and its powerful history!

 

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Learn more about  Diana Gabaldon

 

Past Workshops

Learn Country Dance for Novel Research - Kalia Kliban

 

Effective Tools for Research - Dorothy Lazard

 

Dorothy Lazard  will present on Feb. 13, 2021 at 11-noon PST  -  CLOSED

DESCRIPTION:  How does history inform our writing and our understanding of the past? How can we more responsibly and artfully create a historic record for our times? Dorothy Lazard will discuss how as a librarian she helps writers incorporate history into their works, and how as a writer she finds inspiration in history. This program will include a writing exercise using historic photographs and other ephemera.

 

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Literary Libations - with Vanitha Sankaran

 

Vanitha Sankaran  will host on Feb. 25, 2021 at 7-8 p.m. PST

DESCRIPTION:  Food and drink are an important part of our characters' lives, but oftentimes we don't use those tools as well as we could in our storytelling. A well-placed meal, or in this case a drink, can tell your reader much about where your characters come from, what their peculiarities are, and even what mood they are in. Join us on a tour of cocktails from around the world as we learn how to make a flight of popular drinks and understand what makes each cocktail unique. Drink recipes will be provided ahead of time so you can sip and sit and enjoy the presentation. Non-alcoholic variations will also be presented.

 

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Getting Your Query Through the Slush Pile - Gina Mulligan

 

Gina Mulligan will present on "Getting Your Query Through the Slush Pile" on Nov. 7 at 11-noon

Description: You've finished your novel or crafted a nonfiction book proposal and are ready to find a literary agent. You know a query letter must be professional and error-free, but how do you create a letter that grabs an agent's attention among thousands in the "slush pile?" In this hour, you'll learn what makes the perfect opening, techniques to streamline your story description, and ways to enhance relevant bio information no matter your writing experience. Plus, leave with a proven list of resources to help you find reputable agents to help launch your writing career.

 

If you'd like to send in your query in advance, Gina will randomly select several to talk about during the presentation: send to gina@ginamulligan.com.

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Y.A. - Stacey Lee

 

Stacey Lee will present on May 8, 2021, at 3-4 p.m. PST

DESCRIPTION:  Young adult fiction isn't simply dumbed down adult fiction. It's fiction with a mind and an opinion all its own, a category that just might be too intelligent for mere adults to understand. In this workshop, learn the elements and techniques for crafting a successful young adult novel, including how to nail the all-important ‘voice’ that can make or break a book. Whatever the genre, participants will come away with the tools needed to craft the perfect coming of age novel.

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Good Grammar is Sexy: Learn the Rules and Break Them - With the Sexy Grammarian, Kristy Lin Billuni

 

Kristy Lin Billuni will present on August 14, 2021 at  11-noon  PST

DESCRIPTION:   However free-spirited and wild we feel as writers, embracing writing rules, structure, and grammar will uplift our work. The pleasure of creative flow and the discipline of grammar need not compete with each other. Join Kristy Lin Billuni, AKA The Sexy Grammarian, for a hands-on practice session with hot and engaging sentences from erotica and queer literature. Our writing projects deserve strong verbs and clear sentences that make way for our imagination and brilliance to shine. Learn to

master grammar and style challenges like fragments, run-ons, dangling modifiers, passive voice, and punctuation, so you can break the rules like a pro.

 

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Learn more about Kristy Lin Billuni

 

Kalia Kliban will present on November 13, 2021, at  11-noon PST

DESCRIPTION:  Sometimes we're writing that all-important dance scene for our novel set in the past and realize that we just don't know how it felt. Under the kind hands of a talented dance instructor—yes, we can do this via Zoom!— get a taste of how formal dances of bygone years may have felt for those involved. We’ll be on our feet, learning steps, enjoying the mistakes, and appreciating our own graceful (maybe?) movements. You are encouraged to find a place in your home where you can move around easily without tripping on rugs or furniture. No partner required as long as you bring your imagination!

 

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Writing Fiction - Elizabeth Rosner

 

Elizabeth Rosner will present on Jan. 9, 2021 at 11-noon PST

DESCRIPTION:   In this informative presentation, Elizabeth Rosner will focus on helpful techniques in fiction as well as nonfiction, sharing her writer's path across multiple genres. She will leave time at the top of the hour for a Q&A with participants. Read her work in advance and come armed with questions!

 

 

 

We are offering two writing workshops on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, and Sands Hall's is at 3-4 p.m. Join her to learn some craft essentials.

Description: A story is a story, whether it's one you've imagined or one you've lived. And while there are huge differences between how writers of fiction and nonfiction get that story down on the page, there are also some very useful similarities. In this workshop, novelist and memoirist Sands Hall outlines aspects of craft essential to the fiction writer - including plot, character, point of view, and scene - and, with the help of published examples, shows how these ideas can be applied to memoir and creative nonfiction. Whatever your genre, you'll come to recognize these areas of craft, and build confidence in utilizing them in your own work.

 

Craft Essentials for Writers of Fiction and Memoir - Sands Hall

 

On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 3, check out the first of our two writing workshops this day. Vanitha Sankaran's workshop takes place at 1 p.m.

Description: Asking a reader to read a work of historical fiction is to invite that reader into a new world, one that is different from our own, but still was, and is, real. Unlike sci-fi and fantasy writers, though, we have the advantage of research and preserved sources. From letters and diaries to maps, music, and paintings, historical fiction authors can literally publish real-world artifacts in service of the story.

This workshop will use published samples to explore how the historical record can determine the structure of a given tale. At the end, you will have a few more tools in your plotting toolbox for your own work.

 

The Structure of Historical Fiction: How We Write What We Write - Vanitha Sankaran

 

WORKSHOPS

Writing to and from "The Other" (Poetry, Prose, Scriptwriting) - Indigo Moor

 

For opening night, co-director Indigo Moor will present on "Writing to and from 'The Other'" (Poetry, Prose, Scriptwriting) on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

Description: Locked in our skin, we hold a singular view of the infinite complexity of the human experience. Age, religion, ethnicity, social class, and even geography can limit our understanding of characters. Yet, as writers, we attempt to write to *others* or from their viewpoints. We have seen some of these attempts fail, sometimes spectacularly. Creating characters whose age, gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. differ from our own can be difficult and produce fear in writers.

This reading/workshop will explore tools that help writers produce realistic, intricate characters that do not rely on stereotypes. The object of this workshop is to instill the participants with the necessary tools to connect with people (and objects) they do not now - to find the elements that make them real.

How To Write With Page-Turning Tension - Jordan Rosenfeld

 

We'll close our online workshop weekend with a wonderful presenter, Jordan Rosenfeld, who will leave us with tips to make our readers turn the pages with suspense, on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1-2 p.m.

Description: Tension in novels, stories, and even memoirs is like the connective tissue that allows muscles to attach to bones, and thus flex their might. It's the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing, and characters on their toes. When it's present, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. In this workshop, writers will learn four key elements of page-turning tension, essential of creating plot tension, how to balance scene elements for maximum tension, and more.

 

Humor for the Soul - Deb Filler

 

Deb Filler  will present on July 10, 2021 at 11-noon PST

DESCRIPTION:  Studies have determined a sense of humor is one of the greatest tools we have. It can help us get through anxious situations, intensity, and the darkest parts of life. Spend a delightful hour with Deb, meeting some of her funniest characters, hearing a few stories, and joining her for writing prompts on humor and character ideas.

 

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Learn more about  Deb Filler

 

National Poetry Month Reading -  Indigo Moor & Tim Seibles

 

Indigo Moor and Tim Seibles will read on...  CANCELLED.

DESCRIPTION:   In honor of National Poetry Month, please join us for a reading by Indigo Moor and Tim Seibles.

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Learn more about  Indigo Moor and Tim Seibles

 

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