Posted on April 14, 2014 by Kaz Silvestri
With the publication of memoirs fast becoming more and more popular, this type of workshop can be an asset to your community and maybe even earn you a few extra bucks. Perhaps you’ve already attended a writing workshop or two. A Memoir Workshop is a creative writing workshop for those people who wish to write about their life stories.
Setting Up a Workshop Familiarize yourself with the key elements of Memoir Writing. Check out books from the library or purchase a copy of Writing Your Memoirs Workshop: A Manual for Instructors (only $2.99 at Amazon!) Organize your notes in a notebook or file folder. Label your folders or notebook sections with Possible Venues, Advertising and Workshop notes. Next, decide how long your workshop will run. Six weeks is a good length for a workshop.
Community Centers usually pay you a flat fee. Libraries and Bookstores usually offer the Workshops for free to the community. Contact your local Community Center, Libraries and local Bookstores about offering a Memoir Writing Workshop. Determine the maximum number of participants you will allow and how much you will charge each person. You can also contact Churches and Schools in your area. Explain to them the benefits to the community and to their place of business if they host the Workshop. Finally, post flyers around town. Send press releases announcing the Writing Workshop to your local papers. Post online to your local paper and such websites as Craigslist.
Be a Leader Because this is a workshop, you need to be more of a leader than a teacher. Always have a lesson plan. Introduce a topic for the day then let the workshop participants run with it. Be prepared to step in when needed. When people talk about themselves, they tend to go off in all directions. Gently pull them back to the session’s current topic. In addition, a sense of humor is essential. Quite often the discussions get very emotional. It is your job to be prepared to inject suitable levity when needed.
Privacy In a Memoir class, where people are writing and revealing personal life stories, it is of utmost importance to ensure all participants feel secure. Place privacy first. Draw up a confidentiality agreement for all workshop participants at the first session. They all need to agree to not divulge the stories they will hear from other members of the group.
Publishing At the end of the workshop, make an anthology of participants’ favorite writing pieces. You can have these printed and bound for very little at Lulu.com, Create Space, or another free publishing site. All participants and their families will want to buy one! Be sure to get written permission from each participant who agrees to have his or her stories published in the anthology.
You can purchase workbooks for your students here! Contact me for a discounted bulk rate.
All the steps, worksheets, and marketing materials you need to lead a lifewriting workshop are here! This is the digital version.
Contact me if you would like this manual in print version.
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Posted on April 12, 2014 by Kaz Silvestri
FREE on Kindle today & tomorrow – Episodes 1-5 of the Time Card series! Written by Enzo Silvestri and illustrated by Megan N. McMillan http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQCD6AM
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Posted on April 10, 2014 by Kaz Silvestri
Excellent article on word counts of a typical novel. Take a look at some of the famous books out there and what their word counts were! This is an awesome list!
Originally posted on indefeasible:
Word count is one of those things new writers worry about but deny worrying about because we’re not supposed to be worrying about it. According to
Wikipedia’s entry on word count
, the typical word count of a novel is at least 80,000 words. I’ve heard through the publishing world grapevine than most agents and editors will generally take a query for a first novel more seriously if the word count is between 80,000 and 100,000.
Instead of sleeping, I compiled in an Excel sheet novels I read growing up. They’re mostly classics because those are the only ones where word count is easily obtained. More contemporary fiction would require more digging. I wouldn’t say I personally love every one of these books, but I would regard them as classics, as great novels in themselves, even if the particular author wasn’t that impressive of a writer.
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Posted on April 9, 2014 by Kaz Silvestri
Pleased to be working with Dennis on this project! The title of the book will actually be Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People. This cover is just a sample of the style we will be using…the picture here is not in the public domain (Credit: Arman Zhenikeyev via Shutterstock)) …we just used it for layout ideas.
Originally posted on Gotta Find a Home:
This is the first Idea my publisher put together for the cover of my book? What do you think? If anyone has suggestions for suitable images in the public domain, I’d appreciate you letting me know. I’ve checked nearly everything on Google. Because of privacy reasons, and regards for my safety, I can’t use actual photos of the people who have participated in these conversations.
The first book will be three hundred and seventy pages. I have a second book in the works of about four hundred pages. Prices will be kept low, to make it affordable to everyone. All proceeds will go to the people I have written about.
The stories will continue as soon as the weather improves. I see Chuck most mornings, but everyone else is staying indoors to keep warm.
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Posted on April 8, 2014 by Kaz Silvestri
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Murder in the Everglades….
Ernest Hamilton is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Florida. He lived the first seven years of his life in the Everglades before it became a National Park. His family lived there since 1872. In 1932, his father, William Joseph Hamilton, disappeared into the swamp. Some stories say he was murdered by rival trappers. His body was never found.
Ernie says, “I’ve visited the old homesteads on several occasions, and I wrote a short story about my father not returning from a hunting trip before I was born. My daughter asked me, “What if.” What if he hadn’t been killed? Why hadn’t he returned?”
This is William’s story.
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Posted on April 7, 2014 by Kaz Silvestri
We are looking for teachers and indie authors to contribute writing advice, self-publishing advice, and creative writing exercises in ALL writing genres.
Tentative deadline for submissions is May 16, 2014.
Indie authors with a great following will be offered equal share of the royalties. Space is LIMITED, so contact me soon!
All other authors and teachers will be compensated with a free digital copy of the book and a chance to market your work through this publication and Karenzo Media’s website.
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