Young Writers Essay Contest Winners
Four high school sophomores have received certificates and cash awards from Fremont Area Writers Club for writing about “My Life in the East Bay.” From left are Keren Godwin, Fremont Christian High School, Jayleen Risinger-Esquibel, Kennedy High School, Aiyanna Smith, Kennedy High school, and Ethan Mehta, Washington High School. Mehta received the first-place award of $100. A fifth award winner, Ivanna Casulla, is missing from the photo.
Meeting: Saturday, Feb 27.
Unlocking the Child Magician Inside You
As a child, Elisa Kleven fashioned tiny make believe worlds in art and storytelling. Today, she still uses that imagination as a successful, self-taught artist who has created more than 30 intricate and layered picture books.
She’ll discuss “Unlocking the Child Magician Inside You” at a meeting of Fremont Area Writers on Saturday, Feb. 27. With a focus on children’s books, she’ll explain how interactive drawing and story can break down the basics of fiction.
Kleven’s books have received honors from the American Library Association, the School Library Journal, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Her works The Paper Princess, Hooray, A Pinata!, and the Little Red Bird have been adapted for children’s theater productions in the United States and Europe.
You can find out more about her at www.elisakleven.com.
Our writers group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, except in July and December, from 2-4 p.m. at DeVry University, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, in Fremont. Meetings are open to the public.
Click the link below to download the Word Doc registration form.
What to expect when you join Shelley Bates for “Your World, Your Protagonist, Your Story”…
In this all-day workshop, you’ll begin with the grand view—building the world your characters will inhabit. Then you’ll focus in on the community in which he or she will experience the events of your story, and lastly, construct an emotional journey in which the work you’ve done will both enhance and complicate the internal journey the character must take.
Building a setting is more than paragraphs of description of a rainy forest or the mean streets of the city. It’s how your character sees your story world and how it in turn reflects him. It’s how the environment influences and changes your character—and how your character changes her environment—during the events of the plot. You’ll talk about how to build a setting from the top down and from the inside out so that your world becomes as much a character as your people.
Next you’ll drill down a little to create communities populated by compelling secondary and tertiary characters. Best friends, buddies, exes, families, and coworkers create foils and contrasts for your main characters, push the plot’s emotional complexity, build the story towns your reader wants to come back to…and provide main characters for the next book.
Lastly, you’ll put the spotlight on your protagonist and his or her journey from inability to ability, from isolation to community, and even from solitude to love. Changes in the character’s internal landscape are as important as the external landscape in which he moves, and you’ll use your world and your community to force the internal change the character needs in order to survive the black moment and become a true hero.
About your workshop leader, Shelley Bates…
RITA Award® winning author and Christy finalist Shelley Bates wrote her first novel when she was 13. The literary publisher to whom it was sent rejected it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages.
Shelley is the author of twenty-four novels published by Harlequin, Time/Warner, and Hachette Book Group, and several more published by Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes romance, paranormals, and the Magnificent Devices steampunk adventure series as Shelley Adina, and under the name Adina Senft, writes women’s fiction set in faith communities.
Shelley is a world traveler who loves to imagine what might have been. Between books, she loves playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, quilting, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.
An Open Mic for writers to read their work is held from 7-9 p.m. at Suju’s Coffee and Tea, 3620 Thornton Ave., in Fremont, on the fourth Monday of the month.
Fremont Area Writers is a branch of the 1,700-member California Writers Club. To find out more, log on to www.cwc-fremontareawriters.org or contact Shirley Ferrante at (510) 791-8639.