Kathleen Delaney
Author of the Mary McGill and the Ellen McKenzie cozy mystery series

      

 

My story in the April issue of
Mystery Weekly Magazine

 

She Talks...

 

Doesn’t everyone?

That was a great line from the movie “Singing in the Rain”, but, luckily, I don’t sound a thing like Lena. And, I promise, I won’t even try to sing.

So, how about a workshop?

The one I’ve had the most fun with, because the audience always seem to be having such a good time, is titled “The Tortuous Path from Idea to Story” 

Everyone in the audience writes a one or two sentence “idea” on a 3x5 card. We choose one at random and build on that idea until we have a story. Of course, we have to explore just what a story means as we do this, give our characters a back story, decide who is the villain, and why, and who is the hero/heroine/ and see how they handle all of the gory road blocks we throw their way while building our story toward the climax. This is lots of fun, but better still, it teaches an audience that an idea is not a story but only the jumping off place, and how much goes into building that wonderful story you just couldn’t put down.

Workshops don’t work for every one, and I have given talks to just about any size group. Some want to hear about a writers life, some want to know more about the craft of writing, and I am always happy to work with you on a topic and know we can come up with something entertaining.

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