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Write Your Story…. San Francisco Writers Conference

San Francisco Writers Conference Take-aways

Submitted by Terry Connelly, Library Senior Member.

February 16-19 I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. It was a sold out event, with hundreds of “wannabe” authors as well as established publishers, authors, agents, editors and author coaches.

There were many interesting sessions, in fact, too many for one person to attend.

I took notes, so as to remember the bits and pieces of advice given. Following are those things that seemed most important.

  1. Creative nonfiction is now called narrative fiction. Memoir falls into this category. The nice thing about the title change is that it allows for the recalled essence of dialogue that most likely took place.
  2. Book Club fiction are those pieces that inspire discussion and tends to appeal to women readers. Think JoJo Moyes. Commercial fiction are titles that appeal to a wide range of reader. Think Gone Girl.
  3. In terms of what agents want to see and don’t want to see, here are a few tips:
    1. No prologues or epilogues for debut authors. They feel this is “a lazy way to jumpstart tension”
    2. No first lines of dialogue.
    3. Skip flashbacks altogether unless there is something about the memory that adds to the emotional history of a character.
  4. Be careful about including diverse characters unless you are well informed about the particular group. For example, when including an African-American character, verify with a trusted source to make sure that you are not typecasting or stereotyping. Avoid writing in dialect unless you are very familiar with that dialect, and it is important to the essence of the story.
  5. Within each scene, look at how the flow of time is reported. How much time has elapsed? But avoid terms such as “three days later”.
  6. Within scene, also be aware of change. In each segment, there must be a starting place and then an ending place, and change must have occurred. There is external change, in which a character moves from one place to another. Internal change is the most powerful, as this lets the reader see how it impacts the character.
  7. When editing, it nothing is happening in a scene, no forward movement, no choice-making or risk-taking, then delete.
  8. Characters should behave in a logical way, unless strange behavior is part of the character’s M.O. People come to story to see logical human behavior, verified with an underpinning of evidence. Must believe that the character is a living human being. People do stupid things all the time. Readers question what in their lives forced them to act that way.
  9. Be watchful for the “dreaded middle”, which is the part of a scene where things get too slow. When this happens in your work, cut the scene or condense it into another. Ask yourself if the scene needs dialogue or action. Make it fast and punchy to keep readers engaged. Introduce a new obstacle that must be surmounted.
  10. Make sure there are no passive characters. Empower them by putting them in situations that force them to take action.
  11. Avoid dreams, waking up and overheard conversations.
  12. Your villain, whether it be a person or a force, needs to arrive early.
  13. Create a history for each character before you write the first scene. Know who your character is, what he/she wants, what motivate him/her, and when confronted with a problem, does the character feel trapped or betrayed.
  14. When writing an emotional scene, try to channel that emotion before beginning. Feel the anger or the hurt. Remember what falling in love feels like.

I hope these tips help!

Write Your Story @  the Union City Library


Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, for an   informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it!  We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.

Meetings take place

Third Tuesday of the month: March 21 & April 18 ,

and May 16  1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 13, 2017

Secret Life of Squirrels

The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose

“The third book in the popular series featuring photographic squirrels is sure to be a big Valentine’s Day hit!

This title is the companion to sleeper hit picture book The Secret Life of Squirrels and Merry Christmas, Squirrels! Featuring photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings, this irresistible picture book is sure to surprise and delight readers and animal lovers of every age!

Mr. Peanuts spends his days climbing trees and gathering nuts–but he wishes he had a Special Squirrel friend share his time with. When Mr. Peanuts receives a letter from a Secret Squirrel Admirer, he soon finds himself falling in love!” [JPB Rose]

Lotus and Feather

Lotus & Feather by Ji-li Jiang, illustrated by Julie Downing

“A winter illness left Lotus, a little girl, without a voice and without friends. A hunter’s bullet left Feather, a crane, injured and unable to fly. As Lotus nurses Feather back to health, their bond grows. Soon Feather is following Lotus everywhere, even to school! The bird dances to the girl’s reed whistle, much to the delight of the other children. One day, when the village floods, Feather helps raise the alarm as Lotus and her grandfather urge their neighbors to get to high ground. Feather is a true friend to Lotus, but the time comes when Lotus must be a true friend to him–by encouraging him to migrate with the rest of the cranes. The next spring, Feather miraculously returns, and that’s not all . . . he has brought new life to the nearby lake.

Inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village, and graced with sensitive watercolor illustrations, this lovely book about respecting nature offers deep emotion and delightful surprises.” [J Jiang, J]
A Poem for Peter
A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, pictures by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
“A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day. The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats’s obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra’s dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats’s greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book. For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats’s hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his — and Keats’s — neighborhood. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers” [JB Keats]

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NOWRUZ CELEBRATION 2017 @ Union City Library

Union City Library Presents
Nowruz Celebration

Saturday March 4, 2017

 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 Please join us for a performance by the Shahrzad Dance Company in celebration of Nowruz, the

New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

 Shahrzad Khorsandi is the author of The Art of Persian Dance and is the founder of http://www.dancepersian.org.

 This event is part of a series of 150 free Art IS Education events for youth and families presented by Alameda County Library in partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Office of Education to celebrate arts education and creativity.

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The Art of Persian Dance

artiseducation2017The Art of Persian Dance is the first book published to establish a formalized pedagogy which encompasses the foundational principals of Persian dance technique. The Art of Persian Dance provides the structure and vocabulary for teaching a style of dance that has been part of Persian culture for millennia. It details body positions, rules for achieving correct body line, and descriptions and illustrations of the patterns and transitions that define the technowruz2017nique. Shahrzad has spent almost 20 years studying and exploring the depths of aesthetics distinct to Persian culture once the center of the ancient Persian Empire to isolate those elements that define the movements as Persian. Her vast repertoire of original choreography is based on these Persian aesthetics. Her commitment to creating a comprehensive method for teaching this technique, including categorization of movements and positions, and establishing a nomenclature, have made her a pioneer in the dance community.

Shahrzad Dance Company @ Union City Library

Nowruz Celebration

Saturday March 4, 2017,  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for the performance by Shahrzad Dance Company. 

The dance piece Rangin-kaman (Rainbow) is a story about peace and dialogue between civilizations. The dance will be performed in the style of classical Persian dance, accompanied by brief narrations between the sections. The program will also include an interactive Persian dance demonstration, and a question & answer session.

Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

 

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Man Woman Relationships

Succulent wild love : six powerful habits for feeling more love more often / by SARK and Dr. John Waddell

Succulent Wild Love by SARK and Dr. John Waddell is a truly revolutionary book about expanding the love in your life and having the skills and tools to keep love flowing. Everyone wants to feel more love more often. This book shows you exactly how to do that and keesucculent-wild-lovep doing it.

For years SARK has filled her cup of self-love and shared the overflow with others. Through SARK’s vulnerability, insight and colorful out-of-any-box explorations in books such asSucculent Wild Woman, Transformation Soup and Eat Mangoes Naked, readers have been inspired to accept and love themselves.

From that foundation, SARK is now expanding her self-love capacities to include a deep, intimate relationship with another. This book shares her transformative journey and shows readers how they can do the same with the significant others in their lives.

For much of her life SARK feared committing to a life partnership, even as she was looking for ever more expansive ways to share her love. In this book, with delightful art and sharing intimate experiences, SARK illuminates the fears and obstacles that kept her—and keep many others—from living happily in intimate partnerships.

Using stories of transformation and practical advice, SARK and her partner, clinical psychologist and spiritual teacher Dr. John Waddell, present six simple but profound habits that will empower readers to keep their relationships harmonious—and from that foundation, help them experience more love more often.

Rather than emphasizing finding the right partner, Succulent Wild Love focuses onbeing the right partner. If you are looking for someone to make you happy, they will always fall short. If you are looking for someone with whom to share your happiness, you will always have enough.

Succulent Wild Love is an inviting book that is both practical and magical, filled with effective guidelines and SARK creativity. There are real-life, insightful stories and innovative ways for the reader to play and practice, SARK’s trademark poetry and art, along with the logical psychological principles that Dr. Waddell provides. This combination reminds readers that they already are Succulent, Wild and Loving — and can experience feeling that way more often.

 Check the library catalog for more title under the same subject Man Woman Relationships

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Write Your Story…Navigating INDIWORLD

navigating-indiewordlNavigating Indieworld : a beginner’s guide to self-publishing and marketing your book / Julie A. Gerber and Carole P. Roman

Social media guru, Julie A. Gerber and award-winning author of forty-three best-selling, independently published books, Carole P. Roman, team up to travel the winding road of self-publishing, promoting, and marketing a book. Join these two self-help experts as they share their vast store of experience in an easy to read, comprehensive guide, complete with end of chapter checklists to keep an author on track.Learn the importance of a beta reader and the value of a good editor. Know what’s needed when preparing a list for choosing an illustrator. Compare the many ways to promote your book. Find out what each step can cost and where you can save. This guide takes new independent authors from the first draft, through publication and the complicated world of marketing. Included is a directory of resources to help get there faster.Navigating Indieworld will end up being the ultimate travel guide for writers on their journey to published author.

Write Your Story @  the Union City Library


Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, for an   informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it!  We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.

Sharing is optional.

Meetings take place

Third Tuesday of the month

 February 21 & March 21

April 18

 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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Write Your Story…Discover & Go

THE RAMA EPIC:

HERO, HEROINE, ALLY, FOE
Asian Art Museum  free passes are available through Discover & Go program from the Library website 
The exhibition ends JAN 15, 2017

Bloody battles, daring rescues, passionate romance and a shape-shifting monkey warrior.

One of the world’s greatest works of literature, the Rama epic — the 2,500-year-old classic and its many versions — teems with excitement. The story of Prince Rama’s quest to defeat a powerful demonic king, rescue his abducted wife and re-establish order in the world is also, for many, a sacred tradition. For centuries, this beloved tale has been told again and again through visual and performing arts, literature and religious teachings in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and beyond.  

This exhibition invites you to explore the personalities and perspectives of four main characters: Rama; his wife Sita; Rama’s faithful monkey lieutenant Hanuman; and the 10-headed demon king Ravana. Spanning the ancient to the contemporary, this major international survey of 135 artworks captures the epic in a new light. Coursing beneath the drama and fantasy of the thrilling tale, discover timeless human struggles and poignant moments that will resonate with your own story.

Write Your Story @  the Union City Library


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Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, for an   informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it!  We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.

Sharing is optional.

Meetings take place

Third Tuesday of the month

 January 17 & February 21

and March 21

 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Please bring pen & paper, or whatever you would like to use when writing.

Union City Library 510-284-0629

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