Award-winning young adult author Laura Whitcomb of Wilsonville kicks off the 2009- 2010 Northwest Author Series on September 27th at the Wilsonville Public Library. Her presentation, “Novel Shortcuts,” takes place in the Oak Room from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00 or $3.00 for seniors/students. No advance registration is required.
Topic: Novel Shortcuts–Speed Depth in Fiction Writing
Laura Whitcomb will teach “Shortcut to the Scene,” the exercise around which her book Novel Shortcuts, was written. She’ll also share techniques for writing faster and better including: using music to get at the core emotion in your story, finding the crosshairs of your novel (and each chapter), and tips for crossing the finish line faster. This workshop will include in-class writing and “homework.” If you have a manuscript you are working on, bring it along.
Laura Whitcomb’s first novel A Certain Slant of Light (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, a Book Sense Pick, and an ALA Best Books for Young Adults selection. Her second novel, The Fetch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 2009) was ranked fifth in the YA Top Ten “Next List” (formerly Book Sense) and is nominated as a “Best Books for Young Adults” by YALSA. Her first writing book, Your First Novel (Writers Digest, 2006) was co-authored by literary agent Ann Rittenberg.
Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author afterwards. The series is sponsored by The Wilsonville Public Library, the Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council, and the Friends of the Wilsonville Library.
Christina Katz, author of Get Known Before the Book Deal and Writer Mama (Writer’s Digest Book), created and hosts the series. She has selected Wilsonville High School senior Marina Cameron to be the student intern this season. The Northwest Author Series will run September through May each month during the school year except December.
Please join us as we kick off our third season on Sunday, September 27th!