Judy Reeves: First Step–Words on the Page
Workshops on Style, Craft and Techniques of Creative Writing
In this series of occasional workshops, we’ll explore the many and varied aspects of creative writing from the writer’s voice (what is it, how do you find it, and what do you do with it once you’ve discovered it?) to elements of style (sentences and other structures, telling details, show and tell), to questions of craft (plot vs. character, description vs. action, narrative strategies) and other literary nooks and crannies. Each workshop will include examples from noted writers, in-class exercises, lively dialogue exchanges and an opportunity to work with other writers in a supportive, friendly community.
Session 1–Getting It Down
First Step: Words on the Page
Sunday, April 10
10 am – 1 pm
If you want to write a novel, screenplay, short story – anything, the first step is to start writing. You don’t have to know the beginning, middle and end of a piece, you don’t even have to know what you want to write, but if you want to be a writer who writes, you must take that first step and you must take it again and again. This lively and inspiring workshop will teach you how.
Within the friendly setting of like-experienced writers, you’ll learn to practice the craft of writing through in-group exercises and spontaneous discussions. You’ll learn how to get started and keep going, what stuck looks like and how to get unstuck, how to tell when the critic, censor, or editor is present and what to do about it, and how discover what you really want to write about. Join us for this no-experience-required workshop.
After this session, come back for Session 2: Language, Style & The Writer’s Voice, Sunday April 24 10 am-1pm
Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Other works include two plays written with the Second Story Writers, a women’s writing ensemble; and a chapbook of poetry, The Kind of Woman She Is. Her nonfiction work has appeared in the San Diego Reader and Personal Journaling magazine where she was a columnist for three years. In addition to leading private writing workshops, Judy teaches creative writing at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. She is a board member of San Diego Writers, Ink.
A Tenth Anniversary edition of A Writer’s Book of Days was released this past fall.