CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? How to Craft Authentic Voices for Characters From the Past
Readers of historical fiction know that a novel must be based in sound, accurate details of the time and place involved if it's to be convincing. Most importantly, they recognize that a novel sinks or swims by virtue of the authenticity of its characters' voices, whether shared through a 1st or 3rd person narrator.
In this hands-on workshop, Rivers will share her methods for creating compelling and believable voices from the past, methods she employed while writing her Civil War-era novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin Books, 2017) as well as her early 20th century milltown novel, Troublefield, which will be published in 2019-20 by Algonquin. These techniques involve intensive research digs for primary source material such as letters, newspaper stories, inquest reports, memoirs, journals, diaries, and oral histories.
Bring a character profile with you if you're currently working on an historical novel, or a specific period of time in a particular region. And don't forget your notebooks!
Rivers will read from The Second Mrs. Hockaday and sign books from 5-5:50 pm, prior to class. The class will be held in the same room beginning at 6:00 pm.
Log on to the Upstate Writing Month website to register for the class, or contact Brock Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. No registration is required for the 5:00 reading and signing.
Presentation, reading, Q & A. Signing to follow. Paperback copies of THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY can be purchased on-site.
Contact: Holly Tichenor, Adult Services Librarian
Contact: Valerie Gardner
WRITER'S WORKSHOP: "YOU TALKING TO ME?" Text and SUB-text -- How Less Really Can Mean More When Writing Dialogue
Fiction can get bogged down in an excess of description and exposition -- 'telling' rather than 'showing.' In filmed and staged texts, no description is possible, and dialogue must do the heavy lifting: providing exposition, character and plot development, and showing conflict. Dialogue can function just as effectively in fiction, while engaging the reader more fully, if it works on multiple levels to define relationships and objectives and is authentic to the character's time, setting and situation. Rivers will share techniques with writers for pinpointing the goals of individual speakers in a scene and maximizing the power of subtext, helping participants to turn up the dramatic power in their dialogues.
FACULTY READINGS: 4:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 3; Rivers joins other featured authors to read from their works and sign books.
Read a piece on the NCWN website about what kind of publisher I’d create if given tons of money.
The first literary festival ever held in the historic town of Wake Forest kicks off on Friday, Oct. 19 with events for younger readers, including a performance by the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. On Saturday, Oct. 20, workshops and readings by nationally-known authors are scheduled throughout the day at different venues in town.
Susan will lead a workshop on historical fiction writing from 1-4 at the Wake Forest Historical Museum at 414 Main Street: "Transforming 'Then' Into 'Now;' Crafting Compelling Historical Fiction." (Bring your notebooks -- you'll be writing in class!) Tickets for the 3-hour class are $45 and can be purchased through the website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transforming-then-into-now-writing-compelling-historical-fiction-with-susan-rivers-tickets-48893263066
The author will also take part in the Author Speed Dating Dinner at 6:30 p.m. that Saturday which concludes the festival. To reserve tickets for the dinner or for other events at the WFLF, click on this link: https://www.page158books.com/litfest
For more information, contact Suzanne Berube Lucey at Page 158 Books: 919-435-1843
Novelist Susan Rivers talks about the true event that inspired her Civil War story of infanticide and forgiveness. All book clubs in The Palisades and their guests are invited. Social hour begins at 6:00pm with cash bar, presentation at 7:00pm, with signing to follow.
Contact: Beth Barry
Contact: B. Goodloe
The AAUW's mountain chapter holds a fundraiser annually at the historic Sunnydale building in Tryon NC, one of Appalachia's prettiest and most vibrant towns. Funds raised from the event assist local high school graduates who are college-bound.
Contact: Sidney Gooding
Contact: Eleanor Hahn
Blue Bicycle Books of Charleston is sponsoring this luncheon, produced by Hall's Signature Events at 5 Faber Street in the Historic District (just off East Bay Street). Tix through Brown Paper Tickets, 32$, or $50 with signed hardcover of The Second Mrs. Hockaday.
Link to ticket reservation site: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3487668
This long-running event, presented by Blue Bicycle Books, features four authors presenting 1,000-word stories based on a prompt, with this year's prompt being: "I ducked into an alley…" The event at the Charleston Music Hall is free and open to the public.
Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, Greensboro NC: Workshop, "Turning Then Into Now; Techniques for Crafting Compelling Historical Fiction"
Workshop: TURNING THEN INTO NOW; TECHNIQUES FOR CRAFTING COMPELLING HISTORICAL FICTION. 2:00-3:00 PM, Orientation Room, Greensboro Cultural Center. For tix: http://greensborobound.com/schedule/craft-workshops-and-tickets/
NOVELIST PANEL; READING & DISCUSSION: 3:15-4:15 at Mary Norris Preyer Hall, Greensboro History Museum. For details: http://greensborobound.com/schedule/
Calling all Civil War buffs, fans of historic fiction, book-lovers and budding writers: come to the library this afternoon for a wide-ranging discussion of Rivers' new novel The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin Books, January 2017) and a lively exploration of the writing and publishing processes. Audience Q and A and signing will follow; Foggy Pine Books will be on-hand to sell books.
For more information, contact Monica Carson, County Librarian, at 828-264-8784.
The High Country Writers of western North Carolina invite the public to join them in a discussion led by the author on issues relevant to all writers intending to publish. Where did your inspiration come from? Did you get funding for research assistance, travel, or editorial services? What was it like working with an editor to revise your book? What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? What is your marketing strategy? Do you have any advice for budding writers?
Rivers will sign books following the discussion at the library in Boone. Contact person is Kathy Copley of HCW.
Contact: Leigh Pennington
Contact: Laurie Flanagan
This event has been rescheduled from Dec. 5, and is not yet confirmed. Please stay tuned for updates!
The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the book club pick with the author via video chat. The club is open to the public; please call Cherise Bailey at BP for information: 518-523-2950, or the email@example.com.