Writing Narrative Nonfiction in Short Story Form

Lisa Alpine

August 3, 2013

This is a rare opportunity to hone your short story writing skills with a master teacher. The workshop will offer personal instruction and critique. Lisa Alpine’s thirty years as a writer and teacher has taken her along an evolving path of creativity. She wrote destination pieces for Sunday travel sections in regional newspapers, to her own syndicated column in the Pacific Sun. Currently she writes short stories for special interest magazines, anthologies, and her own books.
Participants will learn how to bring short stories to life with writing exercises and discussion focusing on key aspects of the craft:
  • Gathering and using direct quotes and dialog.
  • Weaving a sensual tapestry.
  • Setting the scene.
  • Injecting levity and humor.
  • Researching and incorporating useful, interesting, and unique details that may include history, politics, science to enhance and inform.
  • Presenting quirks, twists, and the unexpected.

Hours: 10 am - 4 pm.

Location:  Rainbow Room

About the Facilitator(s)

 Lisa Alpine's essays appear in numerous anthologies, including Mambo Poa 2013, Travel Stories From Around the Globe 2012, Travelers’ Tales The Best Travel Writing 2011, Lonely Planet’s Tales From Nowhere, I Should Have Stayed Home, Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why, and many more. And they have been winning awards. Trumpets of Warning was awarded the 2013 Solas bronze. Rada's Bloom is the winner of the 2012 Solas Awards gold medal for Most Unforgettable Character. 

Lisa is the author of Exotic Life: Laughing Rivers, Dancing Drums and Tangled Hearts winner of the BAIPA Book Award for Best Women's Adventure Memoir.

Visit Lisa's website.


Workshop Fees

Course Fee: $80

Fee includes workshop only. Lunch available for purchase.