WHEN AND WHERE June 22, 2019 from 8:30am-12:00pm in Greenville @ the Kroc Center.
COST $25 SCWA Members, $40 Non-members.
CLICK TO REGISTER NOW for this year’s Greenville Craft Workshop on—among other things—crafting an opening. It should be a great day for all prose writers, and maybe poets, too!
OPENINGS: WHY THEY WORK, WHY THEY FAIL Using the opening to the short story, “Mr. Voice,” by Jess Walters, the workshop will examine the specific techniques and style Walters employs in his opening. The opening will be used to explore how to improve ineffective openings. We will look at why Stephen King says adverbs are for timid writers, why repetition works for both poets and prose writers, the importance of keeping verbs honest, how to impart information without telegraphing, how details build trust and why that matters, how to determine the best point of entry into a story and its evil step-father, ‘throat-clearing.”
Other important topics will include an essay by Lee. K. Abbott called, “Thirteen Things About the Modern Short Story that Really Tick Me Off.” Also on the agenda is a review of Lee Abbott’s rules for writing as well as rules by other writers that have endured over the years. We will take a look at an essay called “Writing in the Cold,” printed in Granta magazine over two decades ago and assess whether or not Ted Solotaroff’s insights are as valid now as they were when he wrote the essay.
As self-publishing has become more popular the danger of writers getting taken advantage of has increased. We will take a look at how authors can identify those dangers and avoid getting taken advantage of and spending money they will never recoup. Lastly, each attendee will be given a copy of Random House’s copy chief Benjamin Dreyer’s new book (a $25 value) on clarity and style, Dreyer’s English, and we will examine some of the more helpful things Dreyer has to say about effective writing.
AGENDA Click to see the day’s agenda. Agenda for Greenvlle Workshop
FACULTY After retiring from a full-time position with the South Carolina Army National Guard in 2006, Davis attended Converse College and completed its MFA program (Poetry). He has had poetry published in numerous national magazines, to include Barrow Street and Cold Mountain Review. For the past several years, he has focused on writing short ficton with stories featured in the Chariton Review and published in St. Ann’s Review. In the past year, his story, “Big Man to Little Man,” was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 Rash Award in Fiction Contest. Also in 2018, his story, “Not You, Not Us,” was a prize winner in the Frank Mosher Short Fiction Contest sponsored by the online journal, Hunger Mountain. His story, “Earth, Sky, Trees,” forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage. He is currently working on his first novel set in the foothills around Chimney Rock, NC. Davis lives in Greenville, SC with his wife, actress and artist, Mimi Wyche.