"I am trying to check my habits of seeing, to counter them for the sake of greater freshness. I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I'm doing." - John Cage


Saturday, November 20, 2021

Last Chance of the year 4 wk series Creative Writing Workshop 11/22-12/13 in short forms of fiction, memoir, poetry

 


This week structure is on my mind. How can I use form to contain my ideas? What about little containers, the short forms like flash fiction, prose poetry and short personal essay? What about the paragraph as a container? I'm rereading Bluets by Maggie Nelson, World of Wonders by Aimee Nezukumathatil, small elegies shaped by the form of the obituary by Victoria Chang. How can we tell story in short prose? What about emotional impact being carried by object or image?

Here's a last minute invitation to join this fun series on Monday nights starting 11/22. We will meet on Zoom 6:30-8 pm for four Monday nights to explore generating new work through surprising and fresh prompts. Our writing will explore short forms such as flash fiction and prose poetry, short essay, narrative and lyrical writing. The prompts can be used to generate new work in any genre, fiction, memoir, and poetry.

For some of us, the biggest benefit is the accountability of writing and discussing writing together. I  hope you can join our supportive and inspiring community! Sliding scale fee $100-$150. Email or call me to sign up or to chat : )







Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Where does a story begin? A Writing Prompt to try on a summer afternoon

 What draws you into a story?  Think of the stories you’ve liked.  Why do you read?  What do you get out of it?

“In stories…I suppose there is always a moment… when the image, the set of relationships that seem actually to reveal something about life, forms”

- Robert Hass, Twentieth Century Pleasures

“ A story is a moment after which nothing will ever be the same again – John L’Heureux

What starts a story?

·     Tobias Wolf says story begins when he sees something that bothers him, for example two people fighting on the sidewalk, and he wants to figure it them out – character driven story. What is the seed of what will happen?  This story is plot- driven.

·     Aristotle: a beginning, a middle, an end. 

    Narrative arc: conflict, crisis, resolution, or opening, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution – the triangle.

How can we use personal experience in our writing?  How can you include compassion?  Self-vulnerability of the writer? 

Our prompt:

1.      Write a ten line story - Narrate a single incident/event between two people. It could be you or a relative or a friend.  Think of an incident of some kind of conflict, an irrevocable moment between two people, and include description of where and when. 

2.      Now go back and circle where the energy is/images that are rich and freewrite on those sections – let yourself free associate.

what images/metaphors do you see happening?

what questions make you question more?

3.          3. Write more detail, a line below each line, until there are 20 lines weaving back and forth between setting, event, character, and image - adding more detail with each line.                      

 4.      Finally, rewrite in a different order! You can number the lines and randomly order or write it            backwards or start in the middle.   

        Don’t be chronological. Be generous to your reader! Talk with them as if they are a close friend.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Build Momentum for Creative Energy with the New Monday Night Series 5/17-6/21

 


Happy Spring! As we are setting our writing goals for this summer, here are the new dates for the Monday night 6 wk creative writing workshop series. This is a great time for building momentum with creative energy as we move into long summer days. We will begin again with this adventurous workshop series May 17th. Feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would benefit from this workshop.

This creative series is the most popular and longest-running workshop I offer. A fun and generative workshop for artists, writers, journalers, journalists, bloggers, beginners and experienced writers alike. Do you wish you wrote more? Want to feel a sense of community when you write? Want to start a book or finish a book? This series also supports Nanowrimo participants! Craft, technique, and prompts for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A kick in the butt for your writing life! Waiting for inspiration is also called procrastination.  So don't wait - connect with a community and improve your writing practice.

I invite you to sign up now to save a spot. We meet on Zoom 5/17 through 6/21 from 6:30 pm - 8 pm on Monday nights.To sign up for the Monday night workshop, you can pay via Zelle or Venmo or a check made out to Karen Terrey. The cost is a sliding scale from $120-$160.

I'll send out an email with our Zoom link a few days before the workshop. All you need for the workshop is a notebook and pen and your computer with internet and Zoom.

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Hello 2021!

Yesterday I ski-ed up Sagehen way, a chilly and breathtaking late afternoon in the quiet forest. A John Haines kind of snowy wilderness feel, the mystery around the how of it all. 

I was turned on to Haines' poetry at a reading in honor of his work at an AWP conference years ago. Baron Wormser presented a great teaching of The Long Rain at a workshop at Sierra Nevada University. Haines' poems are spare, with wide open spaces. They hold plenty of room for me.

Another book that welcomes me into wide clean spaces is A Door in the Mountain by Jean Valentine, who passed from our world last night. She wrote her poem Sanctuary, a poem eerily relevant in the new context of 2020, in 2004. The lines in this poem are abbreviated, interrupted, a bit lost, questioning - and brave. Her poem makes me feel better about my own experiences with isolation in the time of Covid.

Tangled Roots Writing offers a new winter schedule of workshops beginning in January 2021:

  • Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop 6 week series: 2/1 - 3/8 and 3/15 - 4/19
  • Second Thursdays Master Class in Revision for Fiction and Nonfiction:1/7, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, and 6/10
  • First Thursdays Master Class in Revision for Fiction and Nonfiction: 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6, and 6/3
  • new 3 hour  themed workshops
I offer customized manuscript review, workshops, developmental editing, and individual writing coaching for book projects and business writing, including editing and coaching for blogs, newsletters, website content, and social media.

Literary events in our community:

Nevada County Arts hosts events, workshops, informative sessions, and supports artists throughout Nevada County.

This year the Sierra Writers Conference features two keynote speakers, James Mc Bride and Dr. Bettina Love. The 2021 Sierra Writers Conference theme—Empowering Voices—and Owl butterfly symbol speak to rebirth after a year of tumultuous change and the process by which we develop as writers.

Sierra Nevada College’s Writers in the Woods brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for intimate readings and workshops, where audience members can meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers.

Word After Word bookshop presents open mics, workshops, author readings, and the best book recommendations ever - go talk with one of their booksellers. They are between the fudge shop and the wine shop in downtown Truckee.

The Community of Writers offers a virtual valley of events this summer so take a look at their website - don't miss out!

Please read my blog for more information on the latest workshops with Tangled Roots Writing, or call me at 530-386-3901 to chat about your writing goals. I would love to help you reach them.

Happy writing!
Karen Terrey

Friday, November 6, 2020

As nights lengthen, turn on your creative light - new series starts 11/16

 

Virtual! Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop: 6 week series 11/16 - 12/21

This creative series is the most popular and longest-running workshop I offer. A fun and generative workshop for artists, writers, journalers, journalists, bloggers, beginners and experienced writers alike. Do you wish you wrote more? Want to feel a sense of community when you write? Want to start a book or finish a book? This series also supports Nanowrimo participants! Craft, technique, and prompts for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A kick in the butt for your writing life! Waiting for inspiration is also called procrastination.  So don't wait - connect with a community and improve your writing practice. 6 week series Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm. Sliding scale $100 - $160

Friday, August 28, 2020

Starting 9/17 Revision Workshop for Fiction and Memoir

 

Revision Workshop for Fiction and Memoir: Exploring prose

Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, and June 10

In this intimate workshop, the goal is to revise your first draft by pushing further to the next level, strengthening your writing skills, and simultaneously exploring meaning in your writing. This workshop is deadline- and goal-oriented to complete the next draft of a project for publication.  You will get professional feedback for developing the heart of the subject as well as the structure and organization of your project. Learn techniques to creatively unearth what really matters so that your writing stands out as surprising and original to an editor.  Expect readings and deadlines to keep you accountable and move your writing forward. We will meet on Zoom 5-8 pm. $240 for four months.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Virtual Workshop Series: Tools to Write a Blog that Stands Out in a Crowd


Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor – Anne Lamott
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.   - Elmore Leonard

This series includes guidance from an editor, discussion of your specific questions and detailed notes for each workshop and most importantly, the power of joining a community of writers.

In this workshop series we will learn techniques to:

·         Find your blog’s purpose
·         Create juicy content
·         Build traffic and community
·         Make time to blog
·         Connect with your audience
·         Techniques to write quality content in less time
·         Develop Purpose and Audience
·         Revitalize a blog
·         Edit your own blog posts
$75 includes workshop 6/17 and 6/24 plus one 30-minute coaching session for your blog
Dates:
Part 1 Workshop Wednesday 6/17 6:30 pm – 8 pm  
Part 2 Workshop Wednesday 6/24 6:30 pm – 8 pm  
Part 3 30-minute coaching session completed before 6/29