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10 weeks of novel ideas

Published on January 2, 2018 12:49PM

Oregon Coast author Deborah Reed will school aspiring writers on how to get their masterpieces out of that desk drawer and into print in a 10-week novel writing class at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Now the author of seven novels, Reed remembers what it feels like to be working on a novel but not really working smart. Her course is aimed at helping writers move forward more effectively.

Starting on March 21, the class will meet every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 pm at the Hoffman Center.

To apply, submit a writing sample of no more than 10 pages to hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net by February 25. No more than 10 people will be accepted, so early applications are encouraged.

The workshop will cover the importance of effective structure, rhythm, pacing and texture, with an emphasis on exploring voice, viewpoint and characterization. Reed will also cover the more elusive and finer sensibilities of depth, meaning, theme and nuance, where the emotional ties of a novel pull the reader in, keep them turning the page and cause their senses to resonate long after the story has ended.

Students will be provided with instructor feedback on submitted workshopped pages, including a summarized statement as well as written feedback on pages from fellow writers. Each writer will have the opportunity to submit pages twice, at a minimum, during the 10 weeks, depending on the size of the group.

Reed holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She teaches creative writing at workshops around the US and in Europe.

The cost of the workshop is $350 per person.

For questions, contact Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com.

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