Writer's Life, Writing Events

3 takeaways from Tim Waggoner’s LitSalon

I had a great time last Sunday at the Tim Waggoner LitSalon — a fundraiser for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Dayton Daily News Editor Ron Rollins (left) spent about an hour interviewing Tim (right) on the writing life.

My three favorite parts:

1) Tim says the most important thing we need to know about our characters is how they respond to stress.

2) He thinks of short stories as paintings — paintings that start at or as close to the climax as possible. Novels are just four or five paintings put together.

3) He sees lots of students who have the ability to be writers in his classes. They’re creative. They have an appreciation for language, an ability to string together compelling sentences, but they never make it over the hump. It’s not talent that’s rare, it’s a commitment to the writing life.

Tim’s written more than 30 fantasy, horror and sci-fi novels and teaches writing classes at Sinclair Community College. Learn more about him at www.timwaggoner.com. I particularly love his post “Writing Dreams and Harsh Realities.”

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Any idea what a woman’s most prominent sexual characteristic is? According to some psychologists, it’s her hair. “If that surprises you, imagine a woman you think attractive as bald,” writes Sol Stein in Stein on Writing. “Would she still be sexually appealing?” “The same psychologists hold that the most important sexual characteristic of a man is his voice (And if that surprises you, think of a man you believe to be attractive and imagine him with a squeaky, high-pitched voice. Would he still be sexually appealing?)”

Upcoming literary events

SUNDAY: Incorporating Research into Your Work, February 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Books & Co, 4453 Walnut Street, Dayton, OH 45440. You’ve done your research for your story, novel, essay, memoir or other writing… now, how do you use all those great, savory details to enhance your writing, without overwhelming your reader? Join us for some tips and techniques! Led by novelist Sharon Short. Learn more about Sharon at www.sharonshort.com. More.

MONDAY: Grand opening of the new Miamisburg Library. February 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. 545 E Linden Ave, Miamisburg, OH 45342. A ribbon cutting ceremony and sneak preview of the new library, open to the public. Among other things, the new Miamisburg Branch Library features a constellation-themed children’s area with a STAR Theater, a TeenEDGE area with a dedicated PS4 gaming system, a quiet reading room with cozy fireplace and an outdoor patio. Regular library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-BOOK.

TUESDAY: Poetry of Phyllis Wheatley, February 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Dayton Metro Library – Trotwood Branch, 651 E Main St, Trotwood, OH 45426. Phyllis Wheatley was the first published African American female poet. This re-telling of a poet’s life is presented by Winnie Johnson, Manager of the Madden Hills Branch Library.

TUESDAY: Story Slamm – Love Hurts, February 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Wiley’s Comedy Joint 101 Pine St, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Love is all around us in the month of February! The passions that we have are the ones that can burn us the most. Bold souls will step onto the stage to share their stories of love, loss, and moving forward. Doors open at 6:30. $5.00. Show starts at 7:00. Storytellers drop your name in the hat and 10 are chosen. Stories have to be true and about you. Limit your tale to 5 minutes. No notes, this is live and in person! Audience judges all stories and the winner gets $50 cash and an invite to the year-end GrandSlam event in May! More.

THURSDAY: Book signing with Didi Pershouse, February 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Yellow Springs Community Library, 415 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Didi Pershouse presents The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities. In The Ecology of Care, Pershouse takes us on a fast-moving, sharp-witted journey through her own life: from growing up with the neurosurgeon who accidentally discovered the seat of memory in the brain, to working in a smoke-filled office at New York magazine, to her career as an innovative acupuncturist in Vermont, and on to a passion for close-knit communities, grazing cows, and soil restoration as solutions to much of what ails us. More.

THURSDAY IN CINCINNATI: Ada Limón, February 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library, University of Cincinnati. Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. More.

THURSDAY: PechaKucha Mini Lectures, February 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Hope Church, 500 Hickory St., Dayton, Ohio 45410. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where a group of speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the speakers talk along to the images. Dayton writers Marsha Theresa Danzig and Jude Walsh Whelley will be among the presenters! More.

FRIDAY: Gabrielle Civil presents Swallow the Fish, February 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Antioch College Theatre, 920 Corry Street Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Free. Black feminist performance artist and former Antioch performance professor Gabrielle Civil will launch her new book Swallow the Fish, a memoir in performance art. Incorporating reading, live performance, storytelling and appearances by special guest stars, this event will crack open her text, and explore the medium of performance from within its beating heart. She will repudiate body politics, invoke racial history, and proclaim her overarching desire to be an artist. More.

SUNDAY: Fairy Tale Day with Dawn Paul. February 26, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Storybrooke Cafe, 556 S. Main St., Englewood, Ohio. Sunday February the 26th is National Tell a Fairytale Day! Author Dawn Paul will be visiting to help us celebrate, reading with us and giving us a “sneak peek” at her new book (The Tales of Christian Tompta: Gnomeling) due out 3/31 .. So come share the magic with us and have a happily ever after kind of day! More.

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