Compelling Pages: Intermediate Fiction Workshop
8 weeks via Zoom, $250, Dates & time TBA
Are you ready to take your fiction writing up a notch? Looking for supportive eyes to help you nudge that paragraph into a scene and that scene into a story arc? We’ll focus on both global aspects of writing like plot and structure as well as local aspects like voice and appealing to the five senses. We’ll help you trim out the unnecessary that slows the reader down or add in enough detail to bring the reader into the world you’re creating. We’ll be respectful, honest, and inspire you to compel the reader to keep turning those pages.
This workshop is for writers who are familiar with the basics of fiction writing and have already started to work on a novel or short story. It helps to have at least 10 pages written before this class begins. You will have the opportunity to share 20 pages of your work (10 pages two separate times) for critique and discussion. Most of class time will be spent on constructive feedback, but we will also be discussing the craft of writing and looking at some examples from literature. I will offer optional exercises as well to help you practice the elements of writing and generate new scenes.
Contact me here if you are interested in the class or would like more information. If you have trouble with the link, you can contact me in the About section of this website. Class size is limited to 8 people max.
“There is nothing more valuable than thoughtful feedback. Rebecca offered me an opportunity to share my work with peers and lent me her educated critiques, wise advice, and inspirational direction so that I may grow as a writer.” ~Meagan McGuire, Seattle, WA
“Rebecca’s class was so inspiring! I feel I improved my writing ability quite a bit. Bringing in different perspectives through the workshop aspect was really helpful. It made me excited to write again, and the goal of creating a publishable piece now feels so much more attainable!” ~Larisa Ignacio, Carnation, WA
“Rebecca Snow helped develop confidence in me as a writer. Her gentle push to explore writing styles, to show (rather than tell) readers the details that were pertinent to the story line and to abstract unneeded details were fundamental necessities to writing an engaging and clear book. She helped awaken the writer in me, and I am so grateful! Whether you write for fun or for a profession, she will encourage you to be your best, creative self!” ~Constance Stanford, Snohomish, WA
PREVIOUS EVENTS (2015-2021):
Carnation Writing Workshop, 8 weeks via Zoom. Fiction workshop for local writers. Saturdays, 4:00-5:30, December 19 (we’ll skip the week of Christmas) – February 20, 2021
Author Reading with Rebecca Snow
Saturday, 2:30 pm, December 15, 2018
Homer Public Library Fireplace Lounge
with author Rebecca Snow
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 1-3 pm
Where: MaryLynn Gillaspie Photography, 908 Main Street, Louisville, CO
Cost: $45; RSVP here: Colorado Writing School
How much of your writing is too abstract? How much concrete detail is too much? And how do you find the balance? Overwhelming the reader with descriptive detail can slow down your writing to the point of tedium, but too much abstraction means writing empty of vivid imagery. We want to appeal to the reader’s five senses while inspiring them to dive into our story. We will also consider how masters of writing style vary sentence structure to weave their words into lyrical rhythm. This class will focus on narrative prose (fiction/nonfiction) but poets are welcome!
A few of my dear students who attended the Spring Poetry Series and me below a quaint photo of a guy.
Spring Poetry Series + Open Mic
At the Inkwell
Monday, March 14, 2016, 7 pm
Syntax Physic Opera
554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Join Rebecca Snow, Brian Dickson, Andrea Rexilius and Michael Annis, with AtMassFear, for our poetry night! Free.
with Erika Krouse, Maura Weiler, Rebecca Snow, and Jennifer Bertman
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 4-6pm
Office Evolution, 357 S McCaslin Blvd, Louisville, CO
Cost: $15. Register here: Colorado Writing School
Reading & Panel Discussion
English Adjunct Instructors Michael Levell and Rebecca Snow will read from their poetry and fiction and discuss the writing process. Q&A session to follow.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
National Day on Writing Celebration
Community College of Aurora
16000 East CentreTech Parkway
Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036
Reading and Book Signing at the Tattered Cover
Glassmusic: a novel, shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award
Friday, October 16th, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Aspen Grove Location
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120
Ekphrastic: Poetry Reading
Saturday, October 10th, 2015, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Valkarie Gallery, 445 S Saulsbury St, Denver, CO 80226
Wine tasting & a reading of the poems from the show as well as others by the same authors including: Lincoln Carr, Bree Davies, Susan Froyd, Nicole Haag, Toni Lefton, Rob Lessig, Drew Myron, Kimberly O’Connor, Rebecca Snow, & Colleen Teitgen.
Ekphrastic Opening Reception at the Valkarie Gallery, September 25, 2015. Two different artists–without seeing what the other was doing–made ekphrastic art from poems, including one of mine and several others from local poets. In the photo, the book artist, Valerie Savarie, is on the right, and the painter, Sharon Eisley, is not pictured/out of town. Very neat to see people reading the poems and looking at how the artists interpreted them. Valerie used antique Book of Knowledge volumes for all the book art.
Reading & Book Talk
Thursday, July 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117
Post-book-talk dinner at Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard
Tuned Glass: featuring Rebecca Snow & Michael Levell
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m. (CANCELLED due to flash flooding)
Printed Page Bookshop, 1416 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Snow will read from her novel and Levell will read poetry from his selected work. Refreshments and wine/beer included! Click on the link below to see the flyer with more info:
Lighthouse LitFest Panel:
I Want to Be a Debut Writer
Monday, June 15, 2015, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St, Denver, CO 80206
Five authors discuss the publication process: Rebecca Snow (Glassmusic), Cynthia Swanson (The Bookseller), Tiffany Quay Tyson (Three Rivers), Maura Weiler (Contrition), and Stacy Robinson (Surface).
Reading with panelists at 4:00 p.m. (same day, same place)
Story of a Book
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver, CO
Debut authors read from their books and discuss the path to publication. With Rebecca Snow (Glassmusic), Cynthia Swanson (The Bookseller), Tiffany Quay Tyson (Three Rivers), Maura Weiler (Contrition), and Stacy Robinson (Surface).
Reading & Book Signing at the BookBar
Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212
Header photo by Pamela Martin, at the BookBar in Denver, CO