Local author teaches at writers’ workshop in Alturas
March 14, 2013 — Do you crave an adventure to write about? Do you have a story to tell, but can’t get started? Writers of all abilities are invited to attend the Write Now Workshop held April 11-14 at the Niles Hotel in Alturas, Calif.
Guiding writers to a better way of telling a story are two well-known authors of memoir and creative nonfiction:
Joelle Fraser, of Susanville, author of two memoirs including the recently released “The Forest House” (Counterpoint Press), will conduct a morning session on memoir writing, and hold a book launch and signing party. Following in the footsteps of her father who authored a novel, Fraser is currently working on her first piece of fiction.
Fraser said she grew up surrounded by books and was constantly reading anything she could get her hands on. Both her parents were working writers: her mother wrote for Mademoiselle and her father wrote for Look magazine.
Fraser has taught at numerous nonfiction conferences over the years and said this is an incredible opportunity for Lassen County writers.
“Most of the time we have to go a long way for such an opportunity,” said Fraser. “This only happens once a year.”
Fraser said writing workshops kick-start a dream of writing into a reality.
“Basically you are immersed for two to three days,” Fraser said. “You live and breathe writing … You meet fellow writers and mentors who encourage you and inspire you … They give you direction and ideas and help you shape your piece … You make lifelong relationships.”
Ray A. March, author of five nonfiction books including the critically acclaimed “River in Ruin: the Story of the Carmel River” and Pushcart nominee, will lead a creative nonfiction and memoir workshop.
“What makes this three-day workshop for memoir and creative nonfiction writers unusual is its location in a historic hotel and a special assignment to research and write about a sensational real life crime — all in addition to writing about an important moment in your own life,” said March, who is also a core faculty member at the Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference held annually in Cedarville.
Sara Gooch, co-founder of Clear Creek Editing, based in Surprise Valley, will lead a session on self-editing. She taught English to high school students and adults for many years before becoming a free-lance editor.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Scholarship opportunities are available through Modoc Forum, a 501c3 nonprofit sponsor.
For more information and to register, call (530) 279-2099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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