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Restaurant exemplifies ideal of Travel Writing Classes

In my Travel Writing Classes, I love to visit restaurants with a strong sense of place. Though European restaurants often exhibit this connection with place, North American restaurants are making this a priority, too. Thus, it was a great pleasure

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Writer as Reader in Seattle Writing Classes

In this summer’s Seattle Writing Class, “Writing for Story,” we’ll learn how to read in public as a writer. This is a necessary skill for anyone who wishes to promote a book or read in public. I was reminded of

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The Self as Character: Writing in First Person Point of View

First person point of view remains one of the trickiest strategies for any writer, as well as one of the most effective and popular ways of telling a story. This class will provide key insights into writing in first person:

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Scenic Leads the Key to Suspenseful Storytelling

SCENIC LEADS These leads attempt to grab the reader through use of graphic detail and gripping suspenseful storytelling. These leads do not attempt to tell a complete story as do anecdotal leads, but they give the most appealing, eccentric or

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Anecdotal Leads: Tell a Compelling Story Quickly

ANECDOTAL LEADS Anecdotal leads tell a compelling story quickly and succinctly, a story which illustrates the larger point that the piece is making. These leads do not employ a lot of scenic detail, but instead rely on describing an action

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The Five Best Ways of Opening a Story

“The easiest thing in the world for a reader to do is to stop reading.” Barney Kilgore, former editor of the Wall Street Journal. The opening is the most important part of the story. If your lead is not interesting,

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Write on the Sound: Quest Narratives

I had the pleasure of speaking at the annual Write on the Sound writers conference in Edmonds, Washington, yesterday. I talked about Quest Narratives, one of the oldest and surest ways of telling a story. Here’s some of my advice

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