June 29-30  2013

at the  Adobe House

Tuscarora, Nevada

“The key to getting you story down is simple:  Scribble.  Just start and don’t stop.  The big mistake most people make is they get hung up trying to start at the beginning, and only God can do that.”

         Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes

Saturday, June 29  2013

9:00-10:00  Breakfast at the Adobe House—Getting acquainted;

expectations for the workshop; swapping stories—a close call.

10:00-11:00  Introduction:  True stories and their purposes.

11:00-12:00  Four ways to capture Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory:Journaling; freewriting; clustering; mapping

12:00-1:30     Sack lunch and observation exercises

  1:30-2:30     Elements of a story

  2:30-4:00     Elements of a scene:  turning your close call into a story.

  4:00-5:30     Free time—to write, to stalk Mnemosyne, to take a siesta.

  5:30-6:00     Happy Half-hour

  6:00-7:30     No Host dinner at the Taylor Canyon Club

  7:30-9:00     Back at the Adobe House:  Barbara Tuchman’s “The Telling Detail” and Who Are You?

Sunday, June 30

9:00-10:00    Breakfast.  Some of our favorite stories are about food.  Share one.

10:00-11:00  Another kind of memoir:  the personal essay

11:00-12:00  Reworking “The Close Call” as an essay

12:00-1:00    Sack lunch and observation exercise:

finding a perspective

1:00-2:30      Writers write!

2:30-4:00      Sharing, reflecting, wrapping it up

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Memory to MemoirMemory_to_Memoir_Workshop.html
Writers Retreats 
Creativity Workshop Creativity_Workshop.html
the  Adobe HouseSnapshots_2.html