On Saturday, 19 July, 4:00-5:30 pm I’ll be facilitating a workshop at the annual summer conference of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Details of the location are on the events page on my website (emmacampion.com).
A workshop is a workshop, not a lecture. I do talk a bit, moving from general ideas about writing to the topic at hand, in order to give everyone a chance to arrive, physically and mentally. And then we begin. In this workshop, “A Moment in Time: focusing the historical novel,” I’ll introduce the prompts, giving some examples, and then invite each person in the room to formulate a story concept using the prompts. We’ll then workshop them, talking about what works, what doesn’t, and why.
So here’s the “handout”. I begin with a bit of background information:
current reality of what publishers want in historical novels
The panoramic historical novels of, say, Michener and Renault, are out except for authors who have track records of high sales.
Knowing that, here’s a way to narrow down your concept:
prompts for this workshop
Not going to be at the workshop, but trying this out? Feel free to share your concept in the comments.
Here’s some general background that might help:
Some key ideas from Lisa Cron (Wired for Story) in a TEDxFurmanU talk this year, The Power of Story:
Brain science has revealed that we use story to make sense of our experience; it’s a cooperative effort of left and right brain.
We turn to story to navigate reality. The brain learns by feeling something subjectively.
Hence the “power” of story: You can’t change how people think about something until you change how they feel about it.
All stories are a call to action.
I highly recommend, Wired for Story by Lisa Cron (10 Speed Press 2012)
Candace – Thank you for this workshop at PNWA on Saturday. Very helpful. And I’ve given myself quiet morning hours since (with coffee!) to luxuriate to read A Triple Knot. Look forward to following your blog & the benefit of more insights. What impresses me greatly is your ease with all the names and titles of all the players. A great model, especially for non-historians. Appreciatively – the tea lady
Thank you for this lovely note, Jennifer, and for the much-needed and appreciated tea on Saturday! What a chilly conference center. More thanks–for your enthusiastic participation, and reading A Triple Knot. I hope you find this blog helpful and inspiring.
I just checked out your webpage and I’m intrigued about you and the semi-colon!