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Larry Watson presents “40 in 40: Lessons From 40 Years of Teaching Condensed Into 40 Minutes”

May 18 @ 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WRITERS! The library is helping to sponsor a series of FREE craft talks from the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. It’s a fantastic lineup of writers in a variety of genres covering a range of topics. And—you can soak it all up from home!

REGISTER HERE (FREE) | I taught writing in colleges and universities for over 40 years, and during that time I developed a sense of the lessons, theories, strategies, and prompts that were more likely to be helpful and useful to writers than others. I’ll try to condense those years of teaching into a 40 minute presentation that will focus on narrative modes, conflict in story and how it corresponds to story structure, and the storytelling devices that do a particularly effective job of engaging readers. I’ll also suggest some exercises that might lead to the creation of full-length fictions or that might be incorporated into longer narratives.

Larry Watson is the author of the novels THE LIVES OF EDIE PRITCHARD, AS GOOD AS GONE, LET HIM GO, MONTANA 1948, AMERICAN BOY, IN A DARK TIME, WHITE CROSSES, LAURA, ORCHARD, and SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON; the fiction collection JUSTICE; the poetry collection, LATE ASSIGNMENTS, and the chapbook of poetry LEAVING DAKOTA. Watson’s fiction has been published in ten foreign editions, and has received prizes and awards from Milkweed Press, Friends of American Writers, Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association, Mountain and Plains Library Association, New York Public Library, Wisconsin Library Association, Critics’ Choice, and The High Plains Book Award. The movie rights to MONTANA 1948 and JUSTICE have been sold to Echo Lake Productions and WHITE CROSSES and ORCHARD have been optioned for film. LET HIM GO was made into a film starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in 2020.

Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://ev8.perigonlive.com/4-evt97a038cd109549d18bf19bb5be14eb11

Location

Online Platform

Organizer

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild
Email:
chippewavalleywritersguild@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.cvwritersguild.org

Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://ev8.perigonlive.com/4-evt97a038cd109549d18bf19bb5be14eb11

Location

Online Platform

Organizer

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild
Email:
chippewavalleywritersguild@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.cvwritersguild.org

Larry Watson presents “40 in 40: Lessons From 40 Years of Teaching Condensed Into 40 Minutes”

May 18 @ 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WRITERS! The library is helping to sponsor a series of FREE craft talks from the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. It’s a fantastic lineup of writers in a variety of genres covering a range of topics. And—you can soak it all up from home!

REGISTER HERE (FREE) | I taught writing in colleges and universities for over 40 years, and during that time I developed a sense of the lessons, theories, strategies, and prompts that were more likely to be helpful and useful to writers than others. I’ll try to condense those years of teaching into a 40 minute presentation that will focus on narrative modes, conflict in story and how it corresponds to story structure, and the storytelling devices that do a particularly effective job of engaging readers. I’ll also suggest some exercises that might lead to the creation of full-length fictions or that might be incorporated into longer narratives.

Larry Watson is the author of the novels THE LIVES OF EDIE PRITCHARD, AS GOOD AS GONE, LET HIM GO, MONTANA 1948, AMERICAN BOY, IN A DARK TIME, WHITE CROSSES, LAURA, ORCHARD, and SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON; the fiction collection JUSTICE; the poetry collection, LATE ASSIGNMENTS, and the chapbook of poetry LEAVING DAKOTA. Watson’s fiction has been published in ten foreign editions, and has received prizes and awards from Milkweed Press, Friends of American Writers, Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association, Mountain and Plains Library Association, New York Public Library, Wisconsin Library Association, Critics’ Choice, and The High Plains Book Award. The movie rights to MONTANA 1948 and JUSTICE have been sold to Echo Lake Productions and WHITE CROSSES and ORCHARD have been optioned for film. LET HIM GO was made into a film starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in 2020.

Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://ev8.perigonlive.com/4-evt97a038cd109549d18bf19bb5be14eb11

Location

Online Platform

Organizer

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild
Email:
chippewavalleywritersguild@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.cvwritersguild.org

Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://ev8.perigonlive.com/4-evt97a038cd109549d18bf19bb5be14eb11

Location

Online Platform

Organizer

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild
Email:
chippewavalleywritersguild@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.cvwritersguild.org

 

 

 

 

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