Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join a Lowenkopf-Lopopolo boot camp at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys this Saturday, Feb 8th, 10 to 5:30 pm, (includes lunch) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Very often, authors will send me links to news articles on writing, and I have to admit: I’m a sucker for such articles, but I rarely comment on them.
My old friend Dave Doering sent one today, where researchers created a computer program to study stylistic similarities between books, to see if stylistic similarities can be used as predictors of success. READ MORE
Shelly Lowenkopf advises: Poetry is an important force in narrative. Writers of fiction are well advised to read poetry for cadence, concision, and the power poetry has to draw readers in. But you need to remember another important dynamic in fiction. Story rules. When style and voice ride over story, the reader comes away more bewildered and dazzled than stunned with involvement. Instead of thinking about the number of poetic beats in a line, allow the dramatic beats to come forth instead. Read Sherman Alexie’s remarkable poem, “The Elephant,” wherein you will see that this writer has not forgotten his heritage as a storyteller. Now, go you, and try to do likewise.
I love that Mark Twain and I agree. Check this out:
3rd Annual Ventura County Writers’ Weekend 3rd Annual Ventura County Writers’ Weekend November 2 & 3 in Camarillo, CA
Advanced registration closes at midnight October 31st
On-site prices will increase an average of 20%
12:30 to 1 PM Q and A
Learn from two former Executive Editors who work daily with writers to create stories publishers want.
Writing the Memoir – Truth Is Indeed Stranger Than Fiction
1:30 – 3 PM
- How do you focus the story?
- What is the real story not the actions but the emotions that people relate to?
- What are the pillars of writing a great memoir?
You don’t have to be famous to have a great story. Learn from three award-winning memoir authors on how to translate your experience to the page with vivid prose.
Moderator: Literary agent Toni Lopopolo
Literary Agent Panel
What top regional agents are selling and what type of books they are looking to sign
3:30 – 5 PM
BONUS: Ten attendees to the morning workshop will pitch the agents with their “log line or elevator pitch” created at the earlier session. Listen and watch the agents react and learn how to fine tune your pitch.
Join Toni at the Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference Oct 12-13 at Los Angeles Valley College
Toni will review 10 writers first chapters atThe Annual Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference
Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13, 2013
Los Angeles Valley College
Click here to get a special price by entering Lopopolo in the Writer Club or Student ID box.