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Writers to host acclaimed author for workshop

Sisters Writes, a small read-and-critique writing group in Sisters, is sponsoring a craft workshop with acclaimed author, Amanda Skenandore.

Skenandore is known for her ability to create mood and tone using pace, setting, dialogue, syntax, and character. She is the author of three historical fiction novels published by Kensington Books Publishing. “Between Earth and Sky,” her first novel, was named winner of the American Library Association’s reading list award for Best Historical Fiction.

Publisher’s Weekly said, “Skenandore’s intensely emotional debut reveals the difficulties faced by Native Americans who were torn from their culture to integrate into a white society where they were not accepted... [Her] deeply introspective and moving novel will appeal to readers of American history, particularly those interested in the dynamics behind the misguided efforts of white people to better the lives of Native Americans by forcing them to adopt white cultural mores.”

The workshop on “Mastering Mood” will be held at Brand 33 Restaurant, Aspen Lakes Golf Club, Camp Polk Road, from noon to 3 p.m. on the afternoon of September 24. The cost of the workshop is $30 and includes lunch and iced tea as well as an autographed copy of Ms. Skenandore’s latest book, “The Second Life of Mirielle West.”

The workshop will examine techniques used by masterful authors to create atmospheric, engaging prose. It will explore how other story elements, such as pacing, syntax, and dialogue can enhance mood and its overall effect on the reader. Writers of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry will all find value in the information.

Participants will have an opportunity to apply the techniques and receive feedback on up to two pages of their work in progress.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, enrollment is limited to 10, including the presenter. Organizers ask that attendees provide proof of vaccination.

For more information or to register contact Linda Weber at [email protected] or 541-350-9947 via phone or text.


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