The Art of Observing: A powerful tool writers need to create fresh, vibrant characters is the topic for the January 17 IWOSC/SPAWN meeting

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How the power of observation can add a depth to your characters

We live in a culture that is bombarded with words and visuals. While the collective virtual reader/ author presence craves snippets of information—tweets about word count and writing deadlines, the act of writing descriptive narrative requires unequivocal commitment and considerably more than 150 characters. Creating memorable stories takes time; creating unforgettable characters and locations takes patience, imagination, and structure.In this meeting, Mandy will outline key points she believes are invaluable to the process of character development, including:
Stop Wasting Time – Write Now!

  • How to activate your imagination.
  • How simple, useable observational skills strengthen our creative process.

Become your characters!

  • Unlocking a character’s persona.
  • The relationship between art and writing.

I’m Lost For Words!

  • How to find inspiration in everyday moments.
  • The importance of keeping a dream journal.
  • Always carry a notebook! No exceptions!

Mandy will introduce Katherine Odesmith, MA, MFT, Jungian Analysis. Katherine will talk about accessing the rich treasure trove of the unconscious for creative work through dream analysis.

About Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Mandy Jackson-Beverly is passionate about the arts, especially the link between observational drawing, developing unique characters, and writing descriptive prose, a process she calls The Art of Observing. She believes that creative chaos is invaluable, but must be balanced with certain rules of order, and done with our feet firmly planted on the ground.Mandy has taught Advanced Placement Art, written and directed high school theater productions, is a contributor to The Huffington Post, a book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books, and the author of A Secret Muse, The Devil And The Muse, with book three of The Creatives Series due for publication 2018. She resides in Ojai, California, with her husband, Brian Beverly, a crossed-eyed cat, Luna, a dog named Cash and, sometimes, her sons, Angus and Jack.

Come join us at the Newbury Park Library meeting room at 6:30 pm.
We are open to all authors, writers and people curious about publishing.
Fee is $5 at the door, includes coffee, tea, snacks, and water.

RSVP for the meeting
We are taking advance reservations so the correct number of chairs can be set up in advance. When you RSVP, no need to sign in at the door, just pay the $5 fee.Click here to RSVP for our January 17 Meeting before 5 PM January 16.


January 17 – 6:30 to 8 pm


Newbury Park Library
2331 Borchard Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320
(inside the shopping center at the corner of Michael and Borchard)

IWOSC and SPAWN are California nonprofits. Learn more about each organization  or  www.SPAWN.orgSign up to learn more about the monthly meetings

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