I went to another Brian Henry Saturday workshop last weekend, and really had a great time. The topic was ‘writing with style’, and there was a lot of good material on subjects like:
- What does ‘Show, don’t tell’ really mean?
- Playful and spectacular first drafts.
- The tools of showing: Dialog, metaphor, gestures, and actions.
- Never explain yourself.
- How to get a reader to relate emotionally to your writing.
- Don’t waste your words.
- Revision as gardening – removing weeds and weaklings
- The building blocks of stories – nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
- The rule of three in descriptions.
I always come away from a Brian Henry workshop thinking about the craft of writing in different and exciting ways. That alone is worth the time and money it takes to go.
Lesson learned: Don’t catch a cab from Queen street west on a busy Saturday night in the hopes of catching a bus leaving Union Station in fifteen minute’s time. The Tom Lenk show was still worth seeing, though.
I’ve handed out two ‘One Lovely Blog’ awards today, to:
- The (somewhat new) Office of Letters and Light blog, from the creators of National Novel Writing Month.
- Quick Brown Fox, Brian Henry’s writing blog.
And I have a new snazzy widget on the Kelworth Files – a tag cloud. Unfortunately, as of this writing it seems to have eaten my usual links table, and I haven’t yet figured out how to get that back. If you happen to know the WordPress trick to getting that back, please let me know.
Over and out for now.