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Field’s End offers tools for writers
Hmm. Are there any writers on Bainbridge? If the size of the crowds at the monthly Field’s End Roundtables is any indication, there are a few.
Field’s End wraps up its 2011 lineup with a panel presentation by The Field’s End Team: Barbara Clarke, Lin Kamer-Walker, Sherill Leonardi, Margaret Trent and Kristy Webster on “Books That Inspire and Keep Us Writing.”
Classics such as Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” and Studs Terkel’s “Working,” and other favorites will be discussed from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 in the Bainbridge Library Meeting Room. The event is free and open to writers at all levels.
Winter classes announced
The 2012 Field’s End Winter Writing Classes have been announced: “The Art of Research,” “Marketing Your Book to Agents and Publishers” and “Wiring Your Memoir.”
The Art of Research
Wendy Call will teach you how to put files, stacks, and bytes to work for your writing. This workshop will help you find the resources that best inform your writing. Bring your research questions and your laptop (optional). A reference librarian will join the group for part of the day to help navigate information superhighways and carriage roads.
Maximum class size: 20
Sunday, Jan. 22
10 a.m.-4 p.m. with an hour lunch break
Marketing Your Book to Agents or Publishers
Alice B. Acheson, who has read the slush pile for a major New York publisher, will help you craft a query letter and synopsis that will introduce your book project in a compelling way.
Acheson shares what works, what doesn’t – and why. While much of this class will focus on fiction, the process can benefit nonfiction writers working on memoirs, biographies or other creative nonfiction. Saturday will focus on the query letter. Sunday will focus on putting the “sell” into the synopsis, using and amplifying what has been learned.
After registering, students will receive, via email, guidelines for writing a one-page query and a synopsis, plus an example of a query that succeeded. Before Feb. 3, students will need to email their query letter and synopsis to the instructor and bring to class 12 copies of each. Between the Saturday and Sunday classes, students will be asked to read all synopses and be ready to comment.
Maximum class size: 10
Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12
Saturday 1:30-5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Writing Your Memoir
Corbin Lewars reminds writers that a memoir is a story from your life, not the story of your life. Through lecture, discussions and readings the class will explore the importance of theme, the art of using judgment, forms of memoir, how to weave musings along with plot to keep the story going, and that sticky thing called truth.
Lewars will give home writing assignments and provide oral feedback during class.
Workshop scenes and leave class with an opening scene and a scene that blends musing and judgment. For anyone writing a memoir, whether in the brainstorming stage, working on a revision, or somewhere in between.
Maximum class size: 17
Thursday, March 15, 22 and 29
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For more information about Field’s End programs, visit www.fieldsend.org.