Upcoming Workshops

FIRST IN-PERSON WORKSHOP OF 2022! (This event has been postponed. More info to come soon).

Scene Stealer: Master the Scene with Jordan Rosenfeld
When: Sunday, May 22
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Where: Napa Library (guest room): 580 Coombs St, Napa, CA 94559
Cost: $25.00 members/$45.00 non-members
To register, email Sarita Lopez – lopezs10@live.com

You’ve felt the pulse-pounding drama of a good story, caught up in a book that feels so real you might have been inside it. What makes a story come to life? Strong, powerful scenes. Scenes are the building blocks of great fiction and memoir. They bring flat narrative into full-color action, allow you to breathe life into compelling characters through dynamic action, and when added up, they create powerful plots. When you feel connected to the characters and in the midst of action, when you can’t put the book down because you’re gripped by the action, you’re in scenes. But when done carelessly, scenes can drag and take you out of the story.
In this workshop, writers will learn the essential ingredients for scene construction including:

  • *how to design scenes from beginning to end
  • *how to bring characters to life through “words and deeds”
  • *how to evoke effective setting without overkill
  • *the role of senses and using imagery
  • *how to use scene types to create energy and tension
  • *and how to make every scene count toward the plot

Jordan Rosenfeld is author of the novels Women in Red and Forged in Grace and six books on the craft of writing, most recently How to Write a Page-Turner, the bestselling Make a SceneWriting the Intimate Character, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, Writing Deep Scenes and Write Free. Her freelance articles and essays have been published in hundreds of publications, including: The AtlanticThe New York TimesScientific AmericanWriter’s Digest MagazineThe Washington Post and many more. She is also a freelance manuscript editor, writing coach and teaches online classes.

Website/Social Media: www.jordanrosenfeld.net



Developing a Column to Make Your Voice Heard

Kevin Fisher-Paulson

Saturday, June 27, 2020

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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Cost: $25/members

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Herb Caen. Ring Lardner. Jon Carroll. Hedda Hopper. Art Hoppe. Art Buchwald. Walter Winchell.  Columns are the most personal form of journalism.  They inform and inspire and strike controversy.  They can make you laugh out loud.

What’s the formula?  There is none.  Every columnist must reach down and find her/his own voice.  Kevin’s workshop is a challenge for you to find that voice, and to find what it is that you want to talk about.  There will be a series of prompts (for after all, what is a writing workshop without prompts?) to get you to think about who you are, what story you want to tell, and how to get somebody interested in the telling.

Along the way, Kevin will talk about his column, the downside of generating 750 words every week, and yet how nice it is for readers to send him crayons and bake him caramel bundt cakes.

Kevin Fisher-Paulson writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Voice of the West.

Kevin’s work has appeared in three books: A Song for Lost Angels; When Love Lasts Forever and the recently published How We Keep Spinning.  The first book was a finalist in the Benjamin Franklin Awards as well as the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

During the course of this writing, Kevin has discovered a few truths about foster care, adoption, gay marriage, interracial families, rescue dogs and cupcakes.

Kevin Fisher-Paulson studied Writing and Communication at the University of Notre Dame, with subsequent coursework at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.  He has studied writing with Dorothy Allison, Kat Mead and Jessica Hagedorn.  He contributes irregularly to National Public Radio.

Kevin lives with his husband, two sons, and every changing rescue dogs in the outer, outer, outer, outer Excelsior.  When neither writing nor parenting, he serves as a Chief Deputy with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office.

 Website: twopennypress.org