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Saturday, May 6, 2017
Central Coast Writers Presents

Crafting Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction
with the
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In the Sam Karas Room
Monterey Peninsula College - ample free parking.

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Upcoming Programs


March 21, 2017: Mark Wiederanders
Fictionalizing Historical Personalities

Photographs, news accounts, and personal letters of well-known figures who lived in the last few centuries are widely available, but patience and passion are required to mine these effectively in writing historical fiction.The key to creating lively characters and suspenseful plots is to identify those images and records that have the greatest emotional impact, and to craft stories around them.Mark will illustrate, with old photographs and documents, how he wrote novels about two writers with strong Northern California connections, Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London.
Wiederanders' first novel, Stevenson's Treasure, was published by Fireship Press in 2014, and was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing. His screenplay about William Shakespeare's family, "Taming Judith" was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Pictures' screenwriting competition.Wiederanders is a psychologist who lives in Sacramento, California.


April 18, 2017: Zoe Ferraris
Imbuing your Work with a Sense of Place

Zoe Ferraris' novels, set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, are deeply informed by a sense of place.Her first novel,Finding Nouf won wide acclaim for its incisive portrayal of a conservative Muslim man's navigation of tightly rule-bound Saudi society as he tries to solve the mystery behind the suspicious death of a 16-year-old girl. Thecharacters' conflicting values and lifestyles highlight modern-day tensions in Saudi Arabia.In this presentation,Ferraris will talk about her strategies for helping readers make the imaginative leap into another world.

Ferraris moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. She lived in a conservative Muslim community with her then-husband and his family, a group of Saudi-Palestinians. In 2006, she completed her MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. Her debut novel, Finding Nouf (Read more)won the LA Times Book Award. That novel and its follow-ups,City of Veils (Read more)andKingdom of Strangers, have been international bestsellers, published in over forty countries. She currently lives in San Francisco.


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 Patentand 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 Currie, 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.

Shermanis a former Chair of the Art Department of Whittier College, a small liberal arts university. Her first novel, The Little Russian, was picked by Publisher Weekly's 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.



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