|Are you a writer working on a book or are in the editing stage and looking for ways to develop an audience? Why not write some articles about your book’s topic or the locations you used in your story? Getting published in print or online can help you find prospective readers that enjoy what you write.
The May 6 meeting of IWOSC/SPAWN Ventura County will host award-winning author/journalist Jerry Dunn to speak about travel writing, and the joys of a life spent discovering new things to share through stories and books. The meeting takes place May 6 at the Goebel Adult Center in Thousand Oaks and begins at 6:30 pm. Sponsoring nonprofits at the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) and the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN), a national literary organization.
“Travel writing is basically nonfiction on the hoof,” said Dunn. “You’ll learn how to structure a story that flows easily, create original scenes, and write them in words that pop off the page. There will be fun exercises, such as “mining your memory” for usable material and sharpening your color vocabulary.”
You’ll receive a lot of knowledge in a short time. Jerry says “think of it as 20 pounds of information packed into a 10-pound bag.”
“Travel writing,” he adds, “offers a lifelong education in everything from architecture to zoology. You’ll discover the world – and yourself – and create a richer, deeper life.”
“The reason I asked Jerry to speak,” said Kathleen Kaiser, SPAWN president, “is that writers and authors need to develop and expand their audiences. Being published in magazines and online media is a great way to reach more people. It sharpens your writing skills and gives you valuable feedback.”
Need to research a location? Why not go on assignment, or write about what you saw and visited when you return? Internet outlets are hungry for content. Writers need to stretch these days to find markets for their books and no better way then have a following from your article writing.
The meeting is open to the public. A fee of $5 is charged for non-SPAWN members. People are asked to RSVP in advance so the correct number of chairs can be set.