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“How to Destroy Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps: Why good writing goes bad”
March 1 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm• $5
Ever wonder why your writing has derailed when you’ve tried so hard to learn the craft of writing? Ever try to apply writing rules that chuck your novel out the window? Ever have characters throw up their hands and say, “Later with that!”
Valerie J. Brooks will offer ten “hard-earned-and-learned” lessons from her own writing that address four potential areas of novel derailment: misdirection, misinformation, misinterpretation, and missed opportunities. Get your love of writing back while having fun!
In a former life, Valerie Brooks was a psychiatrist or a witch, a fact that would have horrified her John Birch father and Brit mom. Growing up in New England, she had a love of all things dark. She currently loves noir and has written a trilogy of revenge with the Noir Travel Stories that take place in Paris, Portland Oregon, and Kauai. She’s also the author of “Liberté,” a memoir that appeared in France, a Love Story: Women Write about the French Experience.
Valerie has been awarded the Monticello Award for Fiction and a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, along with residencies at Villa Montalvo for the Arts, Hedgebrook Writers Colony, Soapstone, Vermont Studio Center, and Playa. She served as Associate Fiction Editor for Northwest Review and was a member of the Oregon Writers Colony board of directors.
As co-founder of the Willamette Writers Speakers Series, she’s excited and honored to be asked to return as a speaker. She lives on the McKenzie with her husband Dan and their Havanese puppy Stevie Nicks.