Colson Whitehead says we read, read, read to find out what kind of a writer we want to be, and we write, write, write to find out what kind of writer we are.
When we read a story, whether or not we like it, there’s sometimes -hopefully – something that wows us. A phrase, a sentence, a plot twist – and we say, what? How did they do that? How did that writer get 3 major ideas, a relational comment and a description in a seven-word sentence? And manage to remind me we’re in LA and not Bosnia? How did he describe his crazy mother without demonizing her? Why do I believe he’s lying and knows it? How did he get that essential bit of backstory in without me throwing the book against the wall?
How do they do that? Let’s find out. We’ll read, analyze, explore and then we’ll try something out for ourselves.
Hope to see you!
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Fiction writers, and those writers interested in fiction, on all levels, are welcome.
Riki Moss is a published novelist, a BWW member since 2015. Attending workshops, and reading, reading, reading as well as writing, writing, writing are her tools as she navigates a difficult draft in her second novel. She’s been a recipient of several VAC development grants, an Arts Matters (NYC) grant, residencies at the Vt Studio Center, at JumpSlide in New Orleans and the UN COP10 in Nagoya, Japan. Also, a parallel lifetime as a potter and visual artist.
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