Come write dark! Come write noir! Join author Valerie Brooks in this writing workshop and get the 411 on writing noir. Take this as a stand-alone class or as part of our Winter Warmup Series!

About this Workshop:
Noir as a genre has an important history. Since post-WWII, noir has captured the ethos of its time. Learn why it’s resurging, how to determine why you want to write noir and how to capture your particular style and voice. Noir can be hard-boiled and even literary. Explore what you can bring to the genre and why. The workshop includes examples from noir films and noir fiction, short exercises to discover your brand of noir and generous handouts.

Topics to be covered:

What is noir and how it differs from crime, mystery, suspense, and thrillers
Why noir is having a resurgence
How to determine what kind of noir you want to write
Why starting with setting can develop your story
How character can evolve out of setting
Developing your noir voice
How plot can grow out of character and setting
NEW DATE: Tuesday, March 26, 6-8 PM (due to snow day)
Wordcrafters in Eugene Workshop at 425 Lincoln St, Eugene
Cost: Members $29 / Nonmembers $49*
Register for this Class
*Take this alone or take as part of our Winter Warmup Series. If you take the series you get 6 classes for the price of 5!
About the Instructor: Valerie J. Brooks’ latest work, Revenge in 3 Parts, is a neo-femmes-noir novel, first in a trilogy, where the women are badass and take center stage. Raised in Puritanical New England, she was drawn to the gothic, secrets, mystery, and dark side of human nature. After studying film noir in college, she found her calling and voice in writing noir. She won an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and her writing residencies include PLAYA, Soapstone, Vermont Studio Center, Villa Montalvo for the Arts, and Hedgebrook.