January 22, 2017

Book and Writers’ Conferences: No Shortage of Opportunities

I’m scheduled for four conferences this spring. That’s a lot, but I go because I always come away with something of value. Writers’ conferences offer speakers touching on subjects of import to me as I seek to perfect my writing and reach more readers. The largest writers conference in the country is sponsored each year by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs(AWP). This year’s conference will be held February 8-11 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Convention Center. Past events have attracted more than 12,000 participants. This will be my first visit to an AWP conference. The schedule of workshops is overwhelming. I’m sure my head will be spinning. The Maryland Writers Association is holding its first conference in […]
June 19, 2015

Brenda W. Clough, Imagination Express

Brenda Clough, Hugo and Nebula nominee, author of multiple novels, short stories and novellas, as well as writing instructor, graced the Howard County chapter of the Maryland Writers Association for a talk June 18 on ‘story construction.’ Clough began her comments drawing on Dorothy Sayer’s five facets of a story taken from The Mind of the Maker (1941). The five are: Setting, Plot, Character, Theme and Tone. (Footnote: Sayer’s book is certainly available with an introduction by Madeleine L’Engle.) Clough pointed out that certain genres favor one or the other facet. Romance is of necessity about character, while mystery and scifi tend to be plot centric. Setting is also central for sci fi. She gave as an example, her novel […]