Fiction Fluency Seminars with Eric Witchey

Fiction Fluency Seminars with Eric Witchey

Wordcrafters in Eugene is excited to present this unique fiction seminar series with award-winning author and celebrated teacher Eric Witchey. Each seminar is designed to stand alone and to fit into the overall series.
Register for Winter Classes

Register for Winter Classes

  Make your winter a writerly one. Whether you are a novice or veteran writer, our winter classes with help you grow in your writing. Join us!
The Twelve Days of Wordcraftmas

The Twelve Days of Wordcraftmas

This holiday season join Wordcrafters in Eugene for The Twelve Days of Wordcraftmas.
January Reading Like a Writer with Michael Copperman

January Reading Like a Writer with Michael Copperman

Join us January 17, 2018 for Reading Like a Writer with author Michael Copperman as he discusses  Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro
Writing Festival and Master Class Retreat

Writing Festival and Master Class Retreat

Each year, writers gather in Eugene for Be Writing, a one day festival of writing, learning, and inspiration.
Programs

Programs

All year long, Wordcrafters coordinates small and large gatherings for writers seeking an active writer’s life.
Purpose

Purpose

Through Wordcrafters’ programs and our flagship conference, the essentials of craft merge with the inspiration that grows out of a savvy, supportive community.
Fiction Fluency Seminar 1: Characters Are What They Do

Fiction Fluency Seminar 1: Characters Are What They Do

Take a deep dive into the development of character psychology, sociology, and physiology; then learn to translate these abstract concepts into concrete character behavior and narrative on the page. You will walk away with a deeper sense of how character perceptions, behaviors, and dialog cause the reader to feel the nature of a character and ... Continue Reading »
Free Library Workshop with Eric Witchey!

Free Library Workshop with Eric Witchey!

Make ’em Laugh; Make ’em Cry: Emotion-driven Fiction Whether long or short, every good story’s success hinges on its ability to evoke emotion in the reader. Of course, if the reader is to feel because of the story, the characters in the story must demonstrate their emotions. Award winning author and celebrated teacher Eric Witchey ... Continue Reading »
Wordcrafters Day 12 - A "Sense" of Urgency

Wordcrafters Day 12 – A “Sense” of Urgency

For the twelfth day of Wordcraftmas, WITS Coordinator and Eugene Poetry Slam maven, Jorah LaFleur shares on using the five senses in your writing with short timed activities. We hope it inspires you! About Jorah LaFleur: Jorah is a writer/performer who performs on stage as a spoken word poet, actor, emcee, ceremonial officiant, and workshop facilitator. She has been ... Continue Reading »
Wordcrafters Day 11 - Double Trouble: Put Your Setting to Work

Wordcrafters Day 11 – Double Trouble: Put Your Setting to Work

You’ve got strong characters having knock-down, drag-out arguments in exotic locals, while a pack of lions lurks just outside of camp, yet it feels like your scenes are a little…one-dimensional. An instant fix is to have more than one kind of conflict going on at a time. Have characters arguing during the exciting car chase; ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 10 - Writing Voodoo: Themes, Symbols and Metaphors

Wordcraftmas Day 10 – Writing Voodoo: Themes, Symbols and Metaphors

When we craft stories, essays or memoir, the “deeper” elements are the last thing on our minds. At least they should be. Concentrate on getting the story down, however rough around the edges. My opinion is that if you write the story deeply and honestly, the metaphors, themes, symbols (all that Voodoo subtext stuff!) will ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 9 - A Bubble off Plumb

Wordcraftmas Day 9 – A Bubble off Plumb

All right, intrepid writerati – riddle me this: How come stage actors and TV/movie people always have to put makeup on, even when they’re not supposed to look like anybody but themselves? Exhibit A: Carson Daly, borrowed from this article If you said “well, because those stage lights make them look extra washed-out and plain, ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 8 - Listen To Your Story

Wordcraftmas Day 8 – Listen To Your Story

  Last year I wrote a 70,000 word novel that I fell in love with. I loved the high concept, the world, and most of all, the characters. When I wrote the last sentence mid-December, I felt triumphant. Armed with feedback from trusted critique partners, I knew what I had to do to make my ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 7 - Life is a Practice

Wordcraftmas Day 7 – Life is a Practice

For the seventh day of Wordcraftmas, Michael Michel shares brief exploration of mindsets that form our practices around the things we love, which then inform the results we produce. We hope it inspires you! About Michael Michel: Michael helps people go for what they’re passionate about. He has worked with clients across America to cultivate ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 6 - Rounding Out Characters Through Social Status

Wordcraftmas Day 6 – Rounding Out Characters Through Social Status

Flatman and Ribbon may work well as characters in a kid’s joke (think superheroes, steamroller…), but reader-grabbing prose calls for multi-dimensional characters. One often overlooked way to develop more interesting characters is by showing how social status affects feelings, thoughts, and behavior. In real life, an individual’s status is fluid, shifting according to specific relationships. ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 5 - Shattering Moments

Wordcraftmas Day 5 – Shattering Moments

Do you have a moment in your life that changed you forever?  When the doctor started with, “I’m sorry to tell you…” When you saw the plus sign on the pregnancy test… When your best friend realized you lied. Now let me ask you, does your character have a moment like that? Short stories center ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 4: The Unexpected Skill

Wordcraftmas Day 4: The Unexpected Skill

As you develop your main characters, you’ll probably put a lot of effort into working out the skills they require, whether it’s a spy’s tradecraft, the roping and horsemanship of a rodeo rider, the knowledge of ingredients a pastry chef requires, the facility with numbers and reading trends of a stock broker, and so forth. ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 3: The #1 Mistake Authors Make (That Has Nothing To Do With Their Writing)

Wordcraftmas Day 3: The #1 Mistake Authors Make (That Has Nothing To Do With Their Writing)

After working in the marketing industry for over a decade, and with authors for the last five years, I’ve picked up a few things behind the scenes. One of those things I’ve learned is the importance of treating your writing like a business, and you’re the brand. Your book is the product, the widget, but ... Continue Reading »