Tri-Valley Writers Member News
LaDonna Fehlberg submitted poems to the 2016 Alameda County Fair. Four were juried into the fine arts exhibition: “Seasons,” “Summer Day,” “In our Younger Years,” a photo poem, and “The Lost Years,” a photo poem. “Summer Day” received a Silver cash award.
2016 California Writers Club Literary Review
The CWC Literary Review magazine published seven selections from six Tri-Valley Writers members this year. The Lit Review offers a mixture of poems, memoirs, short stories and essays.
Jordan Bernal: Poem, “Soul of a Writer”
Patricia Boyle: Poem, “Saturday Morning Encounter”
George Cramer: Poem, “Betrayal at Sandy Creek”
James Mills: Memoir, “Surviving Gravity”
Julie Royce: Memoirs, “Headed North on a Southern Highway,” and “The Gift”
Camille DeFer Thompson: Poem, “Panda”
Join us Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, for a special workshop on Ways to Improve Your Storytelling. Note: Our regular meeting time will be extended to 4:30 for this special presentation.
Scott Evans will present a hands-on workshop that will cover:
- Intensifying plot points to add conflict and drama to your stories
- Growing your plot from character flaws and traits by using “organic” unity
- Improving dialogue in order to advance the plot and reveal character
Scott Evans holds a Master’s in English from the University of California, Davis, and teaches at the University of the Pacific in Central California, including fiction writing and a course titled “Crime, Punishment and Justice” that introduces first-year students to criminology from various perspectives. In the summer, he also teaches legal writing for the King Hall Law School’s Outreach Program at the University of California, Davis. Before returning to California, he taught at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, which is one of the settings in his “literary” murder mysteries (Tragic Flaws, First Folio and Sylvia’s Secrets), which follow the misadventures of a resourceful, but somewhat naïve college instructor named Joseph Lawrence Conrad.
Join us Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, as Mahbod Seraji presents “Writing and the Writer: Private Thoughts for Private Moments.”
Mr. Seraji will discuss exploring a journey that starts in the privacy of the writer’s mind and finds its true form and meaning in the reader’s imagination.
Mahbod Seraji Ph.D., is an Iranian-American author whose critically acclaimed debut novel, Rooftops of Tehran (NAL, a Penguin imprint, 2009) examines the human cost of political repression. [Read More…]
December 17, 2016: Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain: The neuroscience of how to make readers laugh and cry
Join us Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, as Ransom Stephens, Ph.D. presents “Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain: The neuroscience of how to make readers laugh and cry.”
Neuroscience is like looking under the hood to see how It works. When you know how readers process your writing, you can figure out what grabs readers, what bores them, and why. In this presentation, we’ll investigate how to write in ways that administer dopamine when you want readers happy and withholds it when you want readers sad. We’ll explore the roots of what people like, and why bestsellers aren’t always critical favorites. Art is subjective, but our subjectivity has a lot in common.