Writers Working: The Dynamic Power of Language

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Learn how you can captivate your audience from the very first paragraph.

You can attend this program in person, or take part online. To take part online, follow the Zoom link available online.

Are you in love with language the way a dancer is intimate with her body, a potter with his clay, a sculptor with their marble? This participatory presentation focuses on the natural resources of language itself: its music and texture; its rhythms and unexpected sound juxtapositions; and the original, memorable image. Words, sentences, and paragraphs (line and stanzas in poems) are the building blocks of our writing projects in any genre. This talk will introduce you to the art of languaging, the poetry of the sentence, the musical scoring of a paragraphs/stanza, all of which will help you write that first riveting paragraph, the one that any reader, agent, editor, or publisher would be loath to put down. “You’ve got to read this,” they will tell anyone in earshot.

Leslie Kirk Campbell’s short story collection, The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs won the 2020 Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction, is a 2022 WNBA Great Group Reads Selection, and a 2022 Best Book Awards finalist. Anthony Doerr called it: “sexy and harrowing.” Alice Sebold wrote: “These stories owned me, body and soul.” A Playa Fellow, Leslie is passionate about the art of languaging. She teaches at Ripe Fruit Writing, a creative writing program she founded in San Francisco in 1991. lesliekirkcampbell.com www.ripefruitwriting.com

Central Oregon Writers Guild’s mission is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Our goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers.

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