All Writers Celebrity Sat Oct 1 with poet Liam Callanan
From the desk of Kathie Giorgio,Director, AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop LLC: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CELEBRITY SATURDAY: LIAM CALLANAN
WAUKESHA – Where to begin? It’s a key question for any writer, and perhaps the most important to answer well. Without a good beginning, even the best story will be overlooked. Join author Liam Callanan to learn what makes a great, or a terrible, beginning. Be it short, novel length, or something in between, every great work must begin somewhere. On Saturday, October 1st, AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop welcomes special guest lecturer LIAM CALLANAN with his workshop, OPEN UP: HOW TO START IN THE STRONGEST WAY POSSIBLE.
When we write, we need to earn the reader’s attention word by word. Nowhere is that more important than in a story’s first paragraphs. In this class, we’ll subject several examples to close readings in order to figure out what makes them work. How are characters introduced, action started, and a rhythm established, all in a story’s opening lines? The answer isn’t always noisy, but certain successful characteristics recur. We’ll read examples of those, and selected student work as well, with an eye toward crafting the strongest openings possible.
LIAM CALLANANis the author of The Cloud Atlas (Delacorte, 2004; Dial, 2005), All Saints (Delacorte, 2007; Dial, 2008), and Listen(Four Way, 2015). He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing. He has regularly contributed to local and national public radio. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of literary journals, including Gulf Coast, the New Haven Review, Tinge (where his story was named one of the Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2011 by storySouth), the Writers Chronicle, Blackbird,Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, Caketrain,failbetter and Phoebe. Liam is also the creator and co-executive producer of the Poetry Everywhere animated film series.
Celebrity Saturdays are a great chance to broaden your knowledge of what it takes to be successful and to learn from writers who are already knee deep in an author’s life. Liam Callanan’s workshop will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $95, which includes a lunch catered by Waukesha’s own Café de Art.
AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop offers on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching, editing, and marketing services. A schedule of classes, with online registration, is available atwww.allwritersworkshop.com or by calling (262) 446-0284. AllWriters’ is located at 234 Brook Street, Unit 2, in historic downtown Waukesha, as featured in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel.