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  • Sat

    Workshop: How to Write a Short Story in One Day

    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Southwest Presbyterian Church, 6033 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire, TX

    Workshop with Marianne Dyson:
    Two Sessions – Two Topics – One Day

    marianne-dysonPresented by: Marianne Dyson
    Date: Saturday, May 6, 201
    Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Location: Southwest Presbyterian Church, 6033 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire, TX

    Marianne Dyson was one of NASA’s first female flight controllers, the subject of her Space Shuttle memoir, A Passion for Space. She’s a speaker on space topics for adults and children, a technical editor, science fiction writer, and book reviewer. She is best known for her award-winning children’s books about space, including the NSTA 2016 Outstanding Trade Book Welcome to Mars which she coauthored with Appollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin for National Geographic.

    Morning session: Write a Short Story in a Day
    Description: Using a modified 7-point-plot method (developed by Algis Budrys), a couple of characters created through interview/profiling techniques, a menu of “prefab” settings and time periods, and a checklist of problem types and possible solutions, a story can be drafted in just one day. This method can also be used to write scenes for a novel or a series of linked stories that can form the basis of a novel.

    Lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

    Afternoon session: How to Publish a Book
    Description: What options do authors have now to publish their work? What's the difference between traditional, academic/educational, and self publishing? Do you need an agent? What are the terms of a typical contract, and how can you avoid being scammed? What are the upfront costs? What goes into a proposal? How long does it take to publish a book? What are authors expected to do in terms of marketing?

    Member: morning session only: $30
    Member: afternoon session only: $30
    Attend all day – Members $50

    Nonmember: morning session only: $35
    Nonmember: afternoon session only $35
    Attend all day – Nonmembers $60

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