Secondly, the first character the reader usually meets is the protagonist, the main character, and you must show the reader things about this person that makes them want to know more. Is she sobbing at her desk? Is he running down the street? Is he in a fight? Or on the phone?
Welcome Back! from Carol Brennan King It has been a while since we have been together and it was great to see you in person and via Zoom. In person people - please note that you can bring your laptop or tablet to class, and set it to zoom so that you can see the…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir Writing September 15, 2021
Carol Brennan King July 7, 2021 Prompt for next week: Write something around the word vacation. Think school, holiday, family, short or long vacations, accidental vacations (a snow day) or intentional and planned vacations. The example that I am sharing here may seem a long way off from vacation, but I was on my vacation…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir Writing Class Notes
Today was devoted primarily to putting some resources into your hands and then trusting you find them helpful.
March 10, 2021 Taught by Carol Brennan King Creative Writing: today we focused on using white space, lines, and punctuation as tools to help us communicate our stories. We also talked about how using breath units, or the words we want to be read in one breath, help us reach our reader to interpret the…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir/Nonfiction Writing Class Notes
Give the person a deadline for when you need the manuscript back – if you are giving them the manuscript to them and not reading it to them. Give them a reminder a day or two before your due date. You might say, “I have worked out for Wednesday to be my manuscript workday, so I would appreciate what you have been able to do for me before Wednesday.
Nov. 4, 2020 Carol Brennan King Note class changes next week: Creative Writing will be from 9-11am and Memoir will be from 2-4pm. Assignments Creative Writing: We talked about seven emotions: joy, anger, worry, anxiety, sadness, fear, and fright. For next week, write a short piece that shows your character(s) experiencing emotions. The point is…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir Class Notes
Do you choose to make your point by developing one issue ata a time or do you put lots of "nuts" in there and let your reader sort them out? I am not sure readers like guessing.
Carol Brennan King An essay for a class I am taking: I lean into the room to hear, to find sounds to write about, but all I hear is the sound of air being sucked through a small floor fan then pushed through the room toward the dehumidifier. Ostensibly, they work together to circulate the…Read more Listening to My Body 9/24/2020
It came to me that we were with a chorus of believers singing through history, from what I thought then was the late nineteenth century, based on the language of the hymn.
by Carol Brennan King June 19, 2020 I have been taking a Meditation and Writing Class this week and today the prompt was this: The ---------that came to me: The teacher said just fill it in anyway that makes sense for you. Perhaps words like person, idea, blessing....and honestly, I don't know what came after…Read more The Blessing That Came To Me
...students did remarkable work. I wish you could have been there via Zoom to hear what they produced in the few minutes allotted to group work.
Carol Brennan King Both classes may benefit from these notes because whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, you must be authentic. That means you may have to check and confirm what you think you remember, for fiction and for nonfiction. The narrative must take place in an authentic and believable world, believable because you…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir Writing July 14, 2021
Have a Happy Fourth of July! Image borrowed from https://www.phillymag.com/things-to-do/weekend-philadelphia/ Carol Brennan King June 30, 2021 About prompts: I give them, you do not have to use them. If you have a good thing going, keep writing. If you are feeling stuck or want to try something new, give one of these prompts a try.…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir Writing
So your characters must not sound like you; they must sound like who they are, reflecting their education, life place and experience, and perhaps their family of origin. In general, everything we experience has a part in the development of our voice.
June 9, 2021 Carol Brennan King Let’s start with the writing prompts for this week, and this should be especially helpful for those of you who could not make it to class last week. You can use either one of the prompts given below or continue writing on a project you are currently working on…Read more Creative Writing and Nonfiction Writing Class Notes
Creative Writing and Memoir Writing Classes Notes from June 2, 2021 for June 9, 2021 by Carol Brennan King Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, As you know my brother passed last Wednesday, and I had to miss our afternoon class at the library. I am hoping that this week’s class goes well, and I am hoping…Read more
This will be a different post, with resources I mentioned in class and some new ones that you may find helpful now and in the future.