Catherine Ryan Hyde offers fiction workshop

July 21, 2010

Here’s an interesting way to help save the local environment, while also learning to become a bestselling fiction writer.

Cambria novelist Catherine Ryan Hyde, who knows a thing or two about writing novels that sell (“Pay It Forward,” “Love in the Present Tense,” “Electric God”), is hosting a writing workshop in August that is a fundraiser for LandWatch San Luis Obispo County.

The two-day workshop, scheduled for August 28-29 in Cambria, is being offered by Hyde, who recently became president of Landwatch. Hyde describes the upcoming workshop as “an in-depth read-and-critique workshop for beginning and intermediate writers.”

“It’s really designed for people a bit newer to writing,” Hyde explained. “But it might be an advantage to a more experienced author if they are having trouble in the critique group experience.”

The workshop runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Scheduled topics include story arc, characterization, self-editing, dialogue, great beginnings, and great voice.

Cost is $150 and Hyde said every dime goes directly to LandWatch. “It’s a fundraiser and I’m not making a cent off it.”

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