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I'm going to call May "Motivation Month." I like the alliteration, and I like the fact that motivations are strong tools for everyone, but especially for writers. What is it that keeps us interested in a book we're reading, or more importantly, in a book we're writing? At the last writers' conference I attended it was fascinating to hear the same story from so many authors that already have multi-book series... "Find your motivation, and just keep writing!" (Read more in this month's Scribbles)

Laurie Sheehan, CCW President

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Upcoming Programs

May 16, 2017: Ransom Stephens 
Get Inside Your Reader's Brain

What grabs readers, what bores them, and why? Ransom Stephens, physicist, science writer and novelist, discusses the neuroscience of how to make readers laugh and cry. He investigates how to write in ways that administer dopamine when you want readers happy and withholds it when you want readers sad. He'll explore the roots of what people like and why bestsellers aren't always critical favorites.

Stephens, Ph.D. has written hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from quantum physics to parenting teenagers. His new book, The Left Brain Speaks but the Right Brain Laughs, is an accurate irreverent look at neuroscience for a lay-audience with emphasis on innovation in art, science, and life. He builds his novels, The God Patent and The Sensory Deception, on accurate, digestible science to investigate complex social issues like the science-religion culture war, environmentalism and technology, plutocracy and anarchy.

June 20, 2017: Susan Sherman 
Co-mingling Historical and Fictional Characters

Susan Sherman's latest novel, If You are There, is based on Marie and Pierre Curie, at a time when they, along with other renowned scientists of their time, were investigating mediums and spiritualism and hoping to discover a new branch of science. In her presentation the author will talk about the co-mingling of historical figures with fictional ones, and the minute details that make historical fiction come alive. 

Sherman is a former Chair of the Art Department of Whittier College, a small liberal arts university. Her first novel, The Little Russian, was picked by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 2014. If You Are There was named by the Chicago Review as one of the best reads in January 2017.

July 18, 2017: Jordan Rosenfeld 
Get Intimate With Your Characters

Those books you can't put down until your eyelids are sandy and your brain is buzzing at two a.m.—what makes them compelling? Unforgettable, unique characters. Mastery of Point of View (POV) allows readers to engage intimately with characters. Jordan Rosenfeld will discuss key character cues and the elements of each point of view for masterful character development.

Rosenfeld is author of five books on writing and three novels. Her newest book, Writing the Intimate Character: Create Unique, Compelling Characters Through Mastery of Point of View, as well as A Writer's Guide to Persistence, Writing Deep Scenes (with Martha Alderson), and Make a Scene.  Jordan's freelance work has been published in such places as: The Atlantic, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Scientific American, and many more. @JordanRosenfeld.   










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