THE jOHNSON CITY LIBRARY’S 7TH ANNUAL
"ASPECTS OF GOOD WRITING"
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 10
at the LBJ National Historical Park in Johnson City
Registration forms on line www.jclibrarysite.org
email Maggie Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org
10 am- 12 noon - roundtable
discussion with panel
12-1:30 – lunch and networking
1:30-3:30 – workshop with
author of choice
Directions: Coming in on Hwy 281, you turn west onto Hwy
290. You are looking for a dirt road driveway on your left, in about a
half a mile. The exact address is 502 W. Main St (same as 290), between
Ave. N and Ave. O. We will have balloons and a gentleman directing you to
the right spot. The main thing is it is a dirt road on your left just
past where the old log fence starts.
Diane Bertrand-As Writer-in-Residence at St. Mary's
University in San Antonio, Diane teaches creative writing and English
composition. Her collection Dawn Flower (Pecan Grove 2014) was a
finalist in the poetry category of the 2014 Texas Writers League book awards
and her new children's picture book, Cecilia and Miguel are Best Friends
was named SpeakingLatino.com’s Best 20 Latino Children's Books from 2014. She
also writes memoir, short essays, and is a frequent speaker at local schools
and libraries where she encourages families to turn off their electronic
distractions and pick up a good book instead.
Topic: Give Your Writing STAR Power- Writing poetry, literature for children or short memoirs
challenges the writer to examine each word, line, and sentence for meaning and
significance. Writing exercises will generate new ideas, develop current
works-in-progress, and inspire you to take another look at rejected
Owen Egerton is the author of How Best to
Avoid Dying, Everyone Says That at the End of the World, and The Book of
Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Bros.
television. He’s written for Salon and The Huffington Post. He is
one of the talents behind the award-winning Master Pancake Theater at the Alamo
Drafthouse Theatre and the host of the reading series One Page Salon. As a
screenwriter Egerton has written screenplays for Fox, Warner Brothers, and
Topic: Burning Words- How do you set
your writing on fire, how do you feed the flames until the pages blister? From
the blank page to the final revision, we'll discuss how to bring risk into your
writing, how to find the red-hot core of your piece, and how to set your
stories ablaze. Diving into techniques and inspiring examples, we’ll aim to go
deeper into plot, character, and theme.
Stephen Harrigan is the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction,
including The Gates of the Alamo,
which became a New York Times bestseller. Harrigan lives in Austin, where he is
a faculty fellow at UT’s James A. Michener Center for Writers and a
writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. He is the
recipient of the Texas Book Festival’s Texas Writers Award, the Lon Tinkle
Award for lifetime achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters, and was recently
inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame.
Afternoon Topic: Crisis
Management for Writers - Tackling
Stumbling Blocks (in Fiction and Nonfiction) and Identifying Creative
Solutions. This promises to be a lively
and informative discussion about the pitfalls writers commonly (or not so
commonly) encounter while working on a project.