This blog's title means "Cuban-hearted woman" (very loosely translated!). I settled on this name because it had a nice ring to my unschooled ear and, more importantly, because I think the Cuban people seem to have so much
heart, and they're in my heart for that reason. In general, the people I've met in Cuba are quite consistently open-hearted and big-hearted in the way they relate to each other or to visitors in their beautiful land. A piece of my heart now resides in Cuba, with the warm, wonderful friends I've made there. This blog is not intended to be a guide to Cuba, just a forum for my eclectic bits of writing – poetry, opinion pieces and information gleaned from my personal experience and reading.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

April 14-21 Write in Cuba workshop options

Hola, writers!

For those of you who are thinking about participating in the Write in Cuba trip, here are some workshop options that my co-leader, Karen Wehrstein, will be offering. She is also open to suggestions and requests. Our plan is that we will customize the workshops, seminars and exercises to fit the needs of those who sign up – your feedback and input is requested. Let us know what you want to do and we'll tweak the list of options.

Workshopping options with Karen Wehrstein

INSPIRATION – how to get those fires going and break through blocks!
    - Exercises: drawing from without (the surroundings don't get better than this!) and drawing from within. 

   - Writer well being: like any art, writing must be nurtured in ourselves.
   - The art of deadline use.

THE WRITING CRAFT – we can workshop any or all of these.
    - Plot: shape, tension, pacing, info-revelation, plot lines, plausibility, sweet spots, tricks.
    - Style: you can't break the rules properly without knowing them!
    - Characterization: THE technique for creating realistic, compelling characters, the three requirements.

   - Setting: creating the locations for the movie you roll in your reader's mind.
   - Prep: Research, world building, character creation, back-story.

PUBLISHING – getting your work in front of eyeballs!
   - Agents: what they do, how to get one.
   - Publishers: what they do for you.
   - Editors: how to deal with them.
   - E-publishing: it's changing everything!
   - Scams: how to spot them.
   - Nuts & bolts: manuscript format, cover letters, etc.

ONE-ON-ONE – personal time with a pro
   - Manuscript critique: subject to time limitations.
   - Writing problem-solving: not sure how to start/keep going/get through a part/structure the whole thing/handle an aspect?  Karen can help!

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