Storytelling Roots and the Promise of Wings
Close your eyes and forget about publishing genres. Divorce yourself from the arranged marriage of words on a page. Instead, roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty as we search for the fundamental roots of storytelling. We’ll till the soil, plant ideas, and see what lovely fruit can come from bitter places.
In this generative workshop, you’ll explore the four key ingredients that comprise any piece of fiction. We’ll find out what kind of storytellers we are, and then we’ll create characters, focus on opening pages, opening scenes, and the types of contracts we make with readers—especially agents and editors.
This workshop is ideal for anyone who has never completed a novel.
Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from China in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. Jamie’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana where he’s on a never-ending search for decent dim sum.