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MCWC, 2018: Looking in the Rearview

This year’s Mendocino Coast Writers Conference was good for me. Vanessa Hua, who taught the short story workshop, chose a different element of story to examine (setting, dialogue, stakes, character, etc) each day. We opened with a writing exercise and … Continue reading

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We Interrupt Florida to Bring You the Noyo River Review Launch

The Noyo River Review held its launch party on Sunday, May 13, at the Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino. The bookstore has a deep and abiding relationship with the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and when the Mendocino Odd Fellows building was … Continue reading

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The Double Standard

The 2016 MCWC Short Story workshop had a get-together on Saturday, in Oakland. Lori Ostlund, our teacher and her partner Anne Raeff hosted, and Blaze coordinated it. Blaze and Lori’s niece checked out venues and came up with the Double … Continue reading

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MCWC 2016

Usually I blog almost immediately about the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and sometimes I break down the posts by day. I didn’t do that this year. For one thing, I attended two of the afternoon sessions this year, something I … Continue reading

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The Conference, Day Three; But So…

Corbett is clear that a work of fiction needs tension to rise until the climax, and that “tension” is not necessarily action. Again, it’s not the dump truck. Stories and novels that have characters reacting to one random event after … Continue reading

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The Conference, Day Two: The Art of Making it Worse

The photos I’ve used have nothing to do with the text. I just like them. One of our workshop members had a point in her story where the main character sees a person on a bridge, getting ready to jump. … Continue reading

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The Conference, Day One; Mapping the Interior

I attended  Lisa Locascio’s afternoon presentation, “Mapping the Interior; Portraying the Internal Landscape in Prose,” on Thursday. First, a confession: while I often stay for the faculty readings, I rarely attend the afternoon sessions. I always have good intentions about … Continue reading

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Strange Beds

I spend Tuesday night at the Sea Cliff Motel in Gualala. From the balcony of our second-story room, Spouse and I watch a river otter swim the brackish water of the Gualala River, up close to its closed, sand-barred mouth. … Continue reading

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