Let me start by telling you about Field's End, a local writers' community I've been involved with for approximately seven years. (If you click on the Field's End link, read the part titled "Our History".) It's a volunteer-based organization with a core team of individuals at the helm who make amazing things happen. While taking classes and volunteering in small capacities (I've never been on the core team), I've met lots of writers through Field's End. A small number of the many talented people who have taught Field's End classes or have spoken at a Field's End event in the past include David Guterson (one of the founders and a member of the first core team), Susan Wiggs (a former core team member), Laura Kalpakian, Sheila Roberts (my mentor), George Shannon (currently on the core team), Donald Maass, and Christopher Vogler. Jurgen Wolff spoke on Saturday, and I was lucky to be an event volunteer.
In this photo, Sheridan Bolger (the administrator for Jurgen Wolff's workshops) is on the left, Jurgen Wolff is in the middle, and I'm on the right.
Jurgen Wolff is an impressive guy--very smart and willing to share from his experiences. Saturday's workshop, "Fueling the Creative Mind", was quite unique. He lead us in visualizations to help us understand our characters better. He went over story structures and taught us various writing techniques dealing with brainstorming, writing, and rewriting. He combines his background as a certified hypnotherapist and as a writer in his craft books. Here is how he sums up YOUR WRITING COACH: "It takes you from the idea all the way through to publication, and the emphasis is on the psychological aspects of writing as well as the craft." He lives in London most of the year. All of his books aren't available in the U.S., but some are.
A few more pics from Saturday:
Left: Brenda Olson is a Field's End core team member and a buddy from SCBWI.
Right: Martha Schoemaker (who writes women's fiction and is one of my lovely critique partners) and Margaret Nevinski (also an SCBWI member and friend) also volunteered.
George Shannon is a huge part of the Field's End volunteer force. He's also a fabulous dancer. (Okay, I don't actually know what kind of dancer he is--he was merely dipping me for the photo. Hee!)