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BACK STORY: HOW TO TELL THE WHOLE STORY: A ONE-DAY WRITING INTENSIVE, MAY 17th, in Sanford (Central Florida)
Learn to weave back story into your novel or memoir—with no clinks, clanks, or clunks!
- Define what's relevant back story for your story
- Identify the four power-purposes of back story
- Learn six masterful methods for integrating back story
- Reflect on ten back story "rules of thumb"
Whether you're writing fiction or memoir, this will be an instructive, experiential weekend filled with opportunities to learn fresh literary approaches, practice new skills, and contribute to lively group discussions! See Schedule Page for more information.
YA NOVELIST MELODY MAYSONET has just signed a publishing contract for her book, A WORK OF ART. Melody writes, Jamie, Thank you for the inspiration and knowledge you bestowed on me during the writing of the first draft. Not only that, but you gave me a killer critique for my revision. I revised based on your feedback, so the manuscript that got sold reflects your amazing instincts. Thank you so much.
ALL NEW FOUR-WEEK STORY JAM! Serious about getting some traction on a work-in-progress? Check out the SUMMER STORY JAM, now on the schedule for July, 2014. Like Steppenwolf says, Get your (story's) motor running; head out on the highway, looking for adventure, and whatever comes your way . . .
WRITER MELISSA HANEY AND I have worked together to reignite her writing mojo. She talks about her process on her blog, saying, "When I hit the 'write or die' wall (that I think a lot of writers begin to feel at some point), I did the sensible thing. I got help. And my coach and I worked through a plan to make things better. . . ." Read Melissa's entire (wonderful!) post, here: http://sassysibyl.com/2014/01/27/writers-block-and-the-throat-chakra/
Woodstream Writers supports writers. We offer editing services, literary critique, book-coaching, and intermediate/advanced critique groups. In everything we do, we support writers' creativity, nurture their voices, and forward their vision.
Hello Jamie! I just wanted to let you know that one of the stories that you edited for me, "Graceland," won third place in the 2014 Seven Hills Literary Contest and will appear in the 2014 Seven Hills Review. I want to thank you for such a great edit. I am looking forward to working with you again in the near future!
"We all have something specific we are seeking in an editor. Jamie can refine your weekly blog post or newsletter in whip-smart fashion; she will polish your material to an erudite sheen. She's got a keen eye and is full of tremendous big-picture insight. Jamie is wonderful to work with and responds to feedback professionally and with grace. She is brilliant at keeping the forest in sight and will work to make sure the final product truly meets project goals. In addition, she infuses the process with joy."
—Theresa Pridemore, creator of The Portland Tarot
"Talented writers' groups, an insightful coach, and a community of writers for support: that's Woodstream in a nutshell. Whether you're an experienced writer or just starting out, I can't recommend Jamie Morris highly enough."
—Patrick Matthews, Scholastic author of Dragon Run, columnist, DaddyTales, publisher and editor, Games for Educators
"Jamie's guidance provides fuel to keep my writing moving forward. Whether I'm just beginning a new project, trying to dig my way out of a messy middle, or adding the finishing touches, her input has been invaluable. She has a unique talent—almost a sixth sense, really—that enables her to immediately understand the heart of a piece and respond with constructive, motivational critique."
—Julie Compton, St. Martin's Press novelist and author of Tell No Lies and Rescuing Olivia, as well as the recently published Tell No Lies sequel, Keep No Secrets