I will be teaching a class on "Writing the Good Read" at the Cape Cod Writers Center Annual Conference in Hyannis on Aug. 7-10. The class is a one-day session on Aug. 8 in which I will be using some of favorite books to share my experience as a book reviewer, reader, blogger, freelance journalist and writer and my lifelong love of literature in the hope of offering something of value to those in the room. Pause for joke about nerves. It's been over 20 years since I've been in a classroom.
The conference is headlined by acclaimed writers including novelists Gary Braver and Michelle Hoover, poet Kathleen Spivack, short-story writer Rishi Reddi. The Writer Magazine editor-in-chief Alicia Anstead will give a keynote talk.
Here's the link to the conference brochure with the full schedule and course descriptions of all the courses in the four-day conference: Cape Cod Writers convention brochure
If any of you are drawn to the conference on that day, please look for me.
P.S. Here's my course description:
"Writing the Good Read"
Writing that offers a good read is like a door with a big sign saying "Open Me." We can't resist. We can't wait for a break in our day to read another chapter. Compelling works of both fiction and nonfiction "hook" us with a strong premise, a brilliant setting, a character that engages us in that deep, inward place and won't let us go. Or a voice that makes us want to hear more and more, and keeps on whetting an appetite the next sentence fulfills. What's the "hook" that seals the deal in your writing?