Writer’s Forum in Petaluma

The new date for my talk is 7/15/20

Mark your Zoom calendars for 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 15th for this free event brought to you by Aqus Community Foundation, Writers Forum and Marlene Cullen.

Writing Dialogue for Fiction and Memoir

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81835086804

Writer and instructor Stacey Dennick will present tips on how to write dynamic, characterizing dialogue. She’ll also cover the common pitfalls that lead to stilted, dull dialogue. Learn the three tasks all dialogue must accomplish; how to reveal more about your characters though dialogue. How to avoid stalling your story with dialogue; preventing “talking head” syndrome; recreating dialogue for memoir; dodging info dumps; best practices for dialogue tags (so the reader knows who’s saying what), and more. There will be time for Q & A.

Stacey Dennick teaches creative writing in Santa Rosa through Santa Rosa Junior College’s Older Adult Program. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her published works include news pieces for KRCB North Bay Public Media, technical and humorous stories in print and online. She’s currently working on her first novel.

Happy New Year!

Dock another minute from my 15 minutes of fame, because Dave Templeton mentioned yours truly (and included my photo) in his thoughtful Argus Courier write-up of the upcoming  Writer’s Forum speaker series.  I’m one of six writers presenting monthly talks on various aspects of the writing life. The presentations are free, thanks to Copperfield’s Books, and Write Spot instructor Marleen Cullen. Those of you who need a writing nudge might want to try her Jumpstart Writing Workshops. In the meanwhile, save Thursday, April 16, 2020. The presentation starts at 6:30pm and will end at 8:30. My talk is entitled “Writing Dialogue: Best Practices & Common Errors.”
I hope to see you then,
UPDATE: presentation rescheduled for 7/15/20

Posted January 2, 2020.
Writers Forum announces 2020 line-up of presenters: Since we’re spreading the word on the Woman’s Club’s speaker series, let’s continue on that theme, with the 2020 line-up of speakers at this year’s Write Spot Writers Forum, held the third Thursday of every month, February through August, at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma.
The series begins on February 20 with an appearance by the Argus-Courier’s Community Editor David Templeton, taking the microphone to talk about the art and adventure of playwriting, followed on March 19 by Joan Gelfland, author of “You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Successful Authors.”
April 16: Stacey Dennick, a creative writing teacher through Santa Rosa Junior College’s Older Adult Program will address “Writing Dialogue, with Attention to Setting and Action.”
May 21: Nicole Zimmerman, a journalist and travel writer, and the 2019 recipient of the Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual and Literary Artists.
June 18: Brenda Knight, author and publisher. She’s shepherded the works of such authors as Paolo Coelho, Marianne Williamson and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was named Publisher of the Year in 2014 by the American Library Association, and wrote “Wild Women and Books,” “Women Who Love Books Too Much,” “The Grateful Table,” “Be a Good in the World” and “Women of the Beat Generation.” J
July 16: Kara Vernor, writer of fiction and essays, whose flash fiction chapbook, “Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song,” is now available from Split Lip Press.
Forum link on The Write Spot Blog: https://www.thewritespot.us/forum.php