Creative and Memoir Writing Class scheduled for Oct. 12, 2022

Then, what do you know about the character you are focusing on for this exercise: his or her place in history or life? Do they have a position of influence? Are they bound by their place in the culture of the community where the action occurs? Or have they been influenced by the events that impinged on life before the story opens?

Creative and Memoir Writing

It crunched. Yes, it crunched, like a thing with a shell, really, I could imagine like a baby octopus with little bony tentacles. Well, I could not swallow it like it was, so I had to chew it up somehow. So very gingerly, with my napkin very close to my mouth, I chewed it up fast. There is no other way to describe it – fast. And almost as fast, I swallowed it.

Creative and Memoir Writing July 8, 2022

How has your protagonist or hero changed since the beginning of the book? Think through who that character was at the beginning of the story, consider the journey and the challenges, and the impact on him or her. This is subtle or may be dramatic, but if there are no changes to the characters, the story is really a linking of scenes in which pretty boring people get up in the morning, do stuff, and go to bed at night, no different.

Creative and Memoir Writing June 22, 2022

“LEAVING IRELAND” BY CAROL BRENNAN KING, READING & DISCUSSION One of many things that would show up if you googled my name - a good sort of thing to show an agent or editor or publisher - talking today about name recognition online By Carol Brennan King Personal Essay Writing and Why! To get a…Read more Creative and Memoir Writing June 22, 2022

Creative and Memoir Writing:

5 Steps to Writing an Article Carol Brennan King  June 8, 2022 Notes from our writing class Last week we put our toes into the water of writing an article. We stepped back and did an overview of the process, but today we stepped right in knee deep. First, remember that we are talking about…Read more Creative and Memoir Writing:

Let’s Try Writing Something New This Week!

After nearly three months, I am back at my desk! By Carol Brennan King  June 1, 2022 As I thought about what facet of writing we should consider this summer term, it came to me that we have talked about our platform. But we really haven’t done much in class to build one. When I…Read more Let’s Try Writing Something New This Week!

Creative Writing and Memoir Class Notes

Carol Brennan King March 8, 2022 This week we discussed some of the business sides of writing and promoting. Therefore, because I want to leave you with helpful resources, I am going to pass on to you some comprehensive websites I have found useful. We talked first about the path to publication with the tools…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir Class Notes

Creative Writing and Memoir Writing September 15, 2021

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

Creative Writing and Memoir Writing Class Notes

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

Creative Writing and Memoir/Nonfiction Writing Class Notes

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

Creative Writing and Memoir Class Notes

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

“Sit Still and Be Quiet”

So, if you have to “sit still and be quiet” a lot, what do you do? You think. You go places in your head. You rehearse past injustices (being honest here) and remembered or anticipated joys, depending on which holiday had just passed or was to come.

Creative and Memoir Writing Class Notes

October 26, 2022 Carol Brennan King We have been talking about writing techniques useful for both fiction and nonfiction or memoir writing. Then this last week, I was reminded of the power of voice in both genres. So next week, well, this week in class, I will tell you the story of the importance of…Read more Creative and Memoir Writing Class Notes

No writing lessons here: just a bit of the feels from a recent walk: October 24, 2022

by Carol Brennan King Poem 2 in a series Can you feel it? the rumble of the black steel monster gulping clean air exhaling fire and sparks air too hot to breathe. Can you feel it? the air shimmering in hot waves burning your face as it passes by this thing, that shakes the earth…Read more No writing lessons here: just a bit of the feels from a recent walk: October 24, 2022

Creative and Memoir Writing Plot, Scene and Chapter   September 28, 2022

The point is both scenes and chapters have a place in your story’s pacing. Short chapters tend to move the action along quicker. Longer chapters might lull you into relaxing with the longer flow of information and less tension. Remember, both scenes and chapters have a part in how quickly your story unfolds, and how your reader experiences the story.