Kate Forsyth Cactus & Kangaroos Writers Intensive – Saturday, June 17

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Kate Forsyth Cactus & Kangaroos Writers Intensive – Saturday, June 17

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  • Morning / Afternoon session tickets are $60 each.
  • All-day tickets (includes both sessions and lunch) are $110.
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When: Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Morning Session: 9am–noon — "Keeping the Reader Turning the Pages: The Importance of Pace, Suspense, & Surprise"
  • Afternoon Session: 1:30–4:30pm — "Building the Fictional World"

Where: Richardson Woman's Club, Founders Hall, 2005 N Cliffe Dr, Richardson, TX 75082 [map]

What: Workshops for Writers instructed by internationally best-selling, Australian author, Kate Forsyth.

Seating is limited. Don’t wait!

Co-Sponsored by the Writers Guild of Texas

About the Author

Kate Forsyth is the award-wining author of almost forty books, ranging from genre-crossing novels for adults, such as Bitter Greens and The Wild Girl, to YA fantasy, to upper-grades chapter books, to poetry. Kate is an accredited master storyteller and has a doctorate in fairy tales from the University of Technology, having already completed a BA in Literature and a MA in Creative Writing.

Kate has helped countless people to connect and communicate by harnessing the seductive power of storytelling. She will entertain, embolden, stimulate, and surprise her audience at each scheduled event. To learn more about Kate Forsyth, visit her website.

About the Writers Intensive

Based on feedback from DFW writers, Kate has created two 3-hour classes specifically for us.

MORNING SESSION — "Keeping the Reader Turning the Pages: The Importance of Pace, Suspense, & Surprise"

Writers often ask Kate what she thinks is the secret to creating a great story, and her answer is always the same — suspense and surprise. These two ingredients are vital for any story, no matter the genre or the medium.
Simply put, if you don't hook your readers, they won't be utterly compelled to begin reading your story. If you don't drive the story forward by making readers worry about your characters, they won't have a reason to keep reading. And if you don't maintain your pace and keep your reader guessing, you'll not keep them flipping the pages long into the night.
In this 3-hour workshop, Kate Forsyth reveals the secrets to creating and maintaining suspense, manipulating your reader's physiological reactions by controlling pace, and the importance of internal rhythm and story structure in keeping a reader riveted to the page.
Make sure to write down all your questions beforehand so you don't forget to ask them on the day!

AFTERNOON SESSION — "Building the Fictional World"

John Fowles said, "There are many reasons why novelists write — but they all have one thing in common: a need to create an alternative world."
Many people think world-building is only necessary for writers of fantasy fiction, but the truth is every single novel – whether contemporary or historical, realist or fantastic — is creating a fictional landscape. Most readers hope for a totally immersive reading experience. They want to feel as if the world they have stepped into is real. But how does the writer create that sense of veracity?
In this 3-hour workshop, Kate Forsyth will teach you all she knows about creating a fictional world that feels real. We'll also look at constructing scenes, integrating summary, and ways to seamlessly weave in exposition and description. Finally, Kate will discuss the importance of research and how to go about it.
Make sure to write down all your questions beforehand so you don’t forget to ask them on the day!

About Bitter Greens

Charlotte-Rose de la Force, exiled from the court of the Sun King Louis XIV, has always been a great teller of tales. Selena Leonelli, once the exquisite muse of the great Venetian artist Titian, is terrified of time. Margherita, trapped in a doorless tower and burdened by tangles of her red-gold hair, must find a way to escape. Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling tale of desire, obsession, black magic, and the redemptive power of love.

About The Wild Girl

Dortchen Wild finds herself irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the handsome but very poor fairy tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm. It was a time of war and tyranny and terror, when the collecting of a few old half-forgotten tales was all the young Grimm brothers could do to resist the oppressive rule of the French. As Dortchen tells Wilhelm some of the most powerful and compelling stories in what will one day become his and Jacob's famous fairy tale collection, their love blossoms. But Dortchen's forbidding father, along with war, death, and poverty, conspire to keep the lovers apart.

About the Writers Guild of Texas

The Writers Guild of Texas is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization designed to serve the writing community of Texas. Their mission is to provide a sociable environment that encourages, educates, and engages writers of any genre and of any experience level. They organize two monthly meetings — a monthly program every 3rd Monday, and a critique group every 3rd Wednesday. Both are held in the Basement Program room of the Richardson Public Library. To learn more, visit wgtonline.org.