2012 Workshops

 “The Narrator’s Tale: All About Point of View”

Ana Manwaring

Ana Manwaring

Presented by Ana Manwaring

Saturday, November 17, 2012
9:30 am–1:30 pm
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa,
2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

A workshop on the intricacies of Point of View, a hands on workshop that asked attendees to come prepared with pen, paper, and a scene from their original writing (double spaced) that included plenty of narration. During the workshop, Manwaring used several activities to present the “rules” and conventions of narrative voice for one or multiple points of view; explore the differences between narrators in fiction and creative non-fiction; narrative voice continuum; point of view and narrative distance; narrator and reliability; and how to avoid the POV pitfalls.

Ana Manwaring is a member of Redwood Writers and writes poetry and personal narrative as well as fiction. The first of her Mexico series, The Hydra Effect, is being prepared for publication. Follow her column, “In the Shadow of Sonoma Mountain,” monthly in the Petaluma Post. Other credits include several prizes for short stories and poetry. She is a founding member of JAM Manuscript Consulting—a full service editorial team, and teaches Creative Writing through Napa Valley College and privately. Visit her website: http://www.anamanwaring.com/

Nov 17th Workshop

Nov 17th Workshop

“Journaling for Writers: A Workshop on Developing Your Craft”

Amber Lea Starfire

Presented by Amber Lea Starfire

September 15, 2012, 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

In this four-hour workshop, beginning and advanced writers alike learned powerful and effective journaling techniques to enhance their writing skills. Journaling methods to help develop strong settings, create dynamic characters, enhance sensory descriptions were practiced. The  participants learned to reflect on meaning and themes in their work. Participants left very satisfied with the workshop and ready to go forward with their writing.

Amber Lea Starfire is a member of Redwood Writers, a teacher, editor, and author whose passion helping others tell their stories and make meaning of their lives through the act of writing. She offers online and in-person courses and workshops in journaling and memoir writing. Starfire’s recent book on journaling,Week by Week: A Year’s Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations, is a valuable resource for writers. Visit Amber’s website: www.writingthroughlife.com.

“You, Live and in Person”

Julie Winrich, Amanda McTigue

Presented by Amanda McTigue

Saturday, August 4, 2012 – 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Best Western Plus, 870 Hopper Avenue, Santa Rosa 

Do you find public appearances scary? Are you having trouble speaking or reading in front of an audience? In this August workshop, “YOU, Live & In Person,” facilitator Amanda McTigue offered tips and techniques to help you master (and enjoy) live presentation.

During the workshop, McTigue used group exercises, in-depth demonstration, and discussion to explore effective techniques.

Amanda McTigue is a member of Redwood Writers. An author, stage director and performance coach, she calls herself a storyteller on the page and for the stage. Before writing her debut novel, Going to Solace, McTigue had a long career in live theater, writing and directing for such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Minnesota Opera, as well as, more recently, Sonoma State University. She has also worked as a consultant and executive director for clients such as Walt Disney Entertainment and Paramount/Viacom. Visit her website: https://amandamctigue.com

Blake Webster

Blake Webster

“WordPress Training Workshop for Beginners”

Presented by Blake Webster

June 16, 2012, Petaluma Senior Center

The WordPress workshop provided practical hands-on experience giving each attendee the tools needed to build and maintain their own personal or professional/business website using WordPress as a content management system.

Some of the topics covered included Understanding the WordPress Dashboard, Adding and Editing Posts, Pages and Categories, Adding and Managing Images, Learning about Widgets and Plugins, Implementing New Design Themes and more.

The workshop was taught by Redwood Writers member Blake Webster. Blake is a web and multimedia developer, digital product developer, web publisher, search engine optimization consultant, internet marketer, photographer and published author. He works with WordPress on a daily basis managing his client sites and his own network of over one hundred WordPress sites. Visit his website: http://www.blakewebster.com