Writing The Novel You Can Write
This workshop will encourage all novel-writers, both beginners and more seasoned writers, to discover the themes that matter to them and the techniques and approaches they can adopt to express these themes and ideas best. We will discuss plot and theme and the difference between them, characters and how to bring them alive, cause and effect, beginnings and endings. There will be some brief written exercises done in the workshop, and I will be happy to arrange meetings with individual participants to discuss their own work in progress.
Rosalind Brackenbury is the author of eleven novels, five collections of poetry and a collection of short stories. Her most recent novel, Becoming George Sand, came out with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March 2011, and has been published in Canada, Italy and the Netherlands to rave reviews. A new collection of poetry, The Dancing Party is due out from Hanging Loose Press, New York, in January 2012.
Rosalind worked as a book reviewer for ten years and has been teaching writing workshops for nearly thirty years, both in fiction and poetry. She has also taught classes based on Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way for many years. She was Creative Writing Fellow at the College of William and Mary, VA, in 2006. More recently, she co-founded with Rick Skwiot the Key West Writers’ Lab, to coach and mentor writers on their works in progress. Her short handbook to novel writing, The Novel In You is available from Antaeus Press.
Rosalind is English, married to an American, and has lived in Key West, Florida since 1993.
Quotes from recent reviews of and praise for “Becoming George Sand”:
“Brackenbury writes “the body” well. She captures the urgency and tactile lusciousness of sexual passion; the cocoon-like sense, in the beloved’s presence, of a heightened reality.” New York Times Book Review
“A study of the nature of love itself. I was knocked out by it.” Elizabeth Berg
“This is a beautiful, wise novel.” Edmund White
For The Novel In You:
“Full of energy, brio and passion.” Galen Williams, founder of Poets and Writers.