I was able to take off a few hours from work this afternoon to attend the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch Meeting. Lani Longshore led a hands-on mini workshop called “Someone, Something, Somewhere: Short Stories Made Simple.” We wrote for five minutes with each of her prompts that involved, character, thing, place, inciting incident, story arc, push back, back story, and the aha moment.
Longshore is a writer and fiber artist. She is co-author (with Anastasio) of the science fiction novels Death By Chenille and When Chenille Is Not Enough. Her short stories appear in Voices of The Valley: First Press; Voices of The Valley: Encore; Written Across The Genres; Eve’s Requiem: Tales of Women, Mystery and Horror; and on Booktrack.com. She blogs about art, quilts, and writing at www.lanilongshore.wordpress.com.
December is book exchange month. Members brought a gently used book (or more) to trade. A gift basket with writing and reading goodies was raffled. April 18, 2015, Tri-Valley Branch will have their first writers conference. It is sponsored by a grant from the Alameda County Arts Commission to promote and nurture our vibrant community of writers.