WORDS, WORDS, WORDS – Rocky Mtn Fiction Writers Workshop



With Susan Mackay Smith & Carol Berg

WHEN: 20 March, 2010 2:00 to 4:00 PM

WHERE: Standley Lake Library

8485 Kipling St., Arvada

Words are the building blocks of prose. Choosing vivid, precise nouns and verbs can instill energy and originality in your prose, create a believable fictional setting, and bring flat characters to life. But how do you pick the right ones? Join award-winning author Carol Berg and author, expert grammarian and former contest co-chair Susan Smith for the March workshop, Words, Words, Words. Our two speakers will address how to find and select nuanced words, as well as how to avoid those that sap prose of energy and drive readers crazy. They’ll address the sensitive topics of adverbs, anachronisms, and weasel words, as well as discuss how to use a thesaurus the right way, ie, not to find elaborate or unusual words, but to find the precise word. And they’ll explore the role of word choice in persona voice and fictional world building.

About Carol:

Former software engineer Carol Berg majored in math and computer science so she wouldn’t have to write papers, but since selling her first novel in 1999, she has published eleven epic fantasy novels. Her books have won multiple Colorado Book Award, the Prism Award, the Geffen Award, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. She was voted the 2006 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year. Her novels have been translated into multiple languages, appeared on bestseller lists, and been read, so readers tell her, on five continents, on a submarine under the Mediterranean, in the war zone of Iraq, and on the slopes of Denali. Carol lives in Colorado and on the internet at http://www.carolberg.com.

About Susan:

Susan Mackay Smith, a.k.a. Mackay Wood, has sold two epic fantasies, Wolf’s Cub and Gryphon King. Susan writes the monthly column Conan the Grammarian for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ newsletter and also co-chaired RMFW’s Colorado Gold Contest for five years; she is currently RMFW’s president.


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