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Klindt’s offers writing workshops

As part of their Youth Fiction Festival, Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers will be offering a quartet of writing workshops with featured authors.

Courses last between 1½ and two hours.

On Friday, May 30, at 4 p.m., writer Trent Reedy will host “Tell It Slant: Real Characters Through Scene and Setting.” One of the most important ways to bring a story to life is with vivid characters who experience the same challenges, triumphs and feelings as the readers. One way to clue readers in on various aspects of the characters is through careful description of the objects and environment around them. In this workshop, writers will practice using descriptions of the seemingly ordinary to give the reader strong insights into character. The use of objects or environment to evoke emotion is know as the objective correlative. The event is for ages 6 and older.

Also on Friday, at 4 p.m., Rosanne Parry will teach “Make Your Setting Sing.” The joy of story is going somewhere new and the best stories capture a place so vividly that it lives in the mind of the reader. This workshop will use words, scenes and art to explore how setting works together with voice, plot, character and details to make the place of your story sing its own unique and memorable story. The event is for ages 12 and older. Adults are welcome.

On Sunday, June 1, at 10 a.m., Anne Osterlund will teach “Dramatic Dialogue: Choreographing Action, Emotion and Place.” Nervous about writing fight scenes? Struggle with adding action to dialogue? Learn how to use theatrical techniques to turn dialogue into drama. Dramatic Dialogue is an active writing workshop that helps writers learn to write dialogue the same way a director would choreograph a scene in a play. Participants will use setting and props, add actions, and incorporate emotional highs and lows within written dialogue. The event is for ages 10 and older. Adults are welcome.

Also Sunday at 10 a.m., Mike Mullin will teach “How to Make a Scene in Your Writing.” This two-hour workshop will be chock full of ideas to improve characterization, dialogue and description. Participants will practice everything they discuss, so bring lots of paper or a computer and come prepared to “write like a hyperactive ferret, if ferrets could write,” the course description states. The event is for ages 12 to 108.

Call Klindt’s at 541-296-3355 or email for cost and any other questions or to register.


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