Apr 1, 2008

The Dixon Narrative Workshops

As writers, don't we all just love workshops?

They offer an opportunity to take a day off of the writerly life and step back and reflect and ask: How far have I come as a writer? And where might I head next?

It's also a chance for a momentary respite from what can be a solitary existence, to mingle with others who share similar anxieties and might even fall prey to some of the same neurosis that tend to attack people who dare to tell stories. Workshops remind us that we aren't the only ones who haven't got this writing thing all figured out, but that we're not at the beginning anymore either.

For me, the best workshops give us a sense of inspiration. They are rejuvenating. Attendees may arrive feeling stagnate, but they leave feeling as though they've just gotten a jump start. They can hardly wait to get home and hit the keyboard. They're overflowing with ideas, techniques to try and new practical skill to apply.

There's a workshop coming up soon in Portland that promises do all of these wonderful things. The Dixon Narrative Workshops The Dixon Narrative Workshops is a one-day intensive workshop on narrative storytelling techniques on Saturday, May 10 at the Turnbull Center in Portland, Oregon. Narrative nonfiction author Lauren Kessler will lead the sessions, which will focus on the craft of writing, on how to think about stories and how to gather information in order to tell compelling true tales. Michael Werner and I will join Kessler in offering a session on multimedia, sharing what we've learned by applying our narrative writing techniques to producing audio-visual stories.

In essence, it's a day long session in becoming a better all around storyteller.

Check out the site for more information and if you have more questions feel free to comment below or email me.

See you there.

1 comment:

John Harley said...

Well Ms. Campbell, I'm glad I finally had a chance to read your blog and I must say, wonderful! Additionally, your photos are amazing!

It will be my pleasure to link to your blog from mine.

John Harley

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