Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain with Novelist and Scientist Ransom Stephens

Leave a comment

Ransom Stephens speaks March 19 CWC - "Be a better writer...with SCIENCE!"

The Neuroscience of Reading

How to Make Readers Laugh and Cry

Neuroscience is like looking under the hood to see how It works. When you know how readers process your writing you can figure out what grabs readers, what bores them, and why. In this presentation, we’ll investigate how to write in ways that administer dopamine when you want readers happy and withholds it when you want readers sad. We’ll explore the roots of what people like and why bestsellers aren’t always critical favorites. Art is subjective, but our subjectivity has a lot in common. Join us for this exciting approach to writing March 19th!

About Ransom Stephens

Ransom Stephens, Ph.D., is a scientist, science writer, and novelist. He’s written hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from neuroscience to quantum physics to parenting teenagers. In his first novel, The God Patent (47North, 2010), a troubled father is caught in the science-religion culture war and in his second, The Sensory Deception (47North, 2013), scientists and venture capitalists use the relationship between the senses and the mind to give people the experiences of endangered animals. His first nonfiction book, The Left Brain Speaks but the Right Brain Laughs (Viva Editions, 2016), is an irreverent and accurate look at neuroscience for a lay-audience with emphasis on innovation in art and science. Ransom has given thousands of speeches across the US, Europe, and Asia and has developed a reputation for making complex topics accessible and funny.

RansomStephens.com

MEETING SCHEDULE

12:00–1:00 – Craft Support Group
1:00–2:00 – Marketing Group

Simultaneously
12:30–2:00 – Social Hour
2:00–2:30 – Break, Book Sale
2:30–3:00 – Announcements

Featured Speakers
3:00–3:15 – CWC Featured Member reads
3:15–4:30 – Keynote Speaker Dr. Ransom Stephens

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Jan 15: Best-Selling Writer Joshua Mohr’s Innovative Approach to Plot and Character

Leave a comment

Josh_mohr_CWC_plaracterization_event

The Kiss between Plot and Character
with Best-Seller Joshua Mohr

Sunday Jan 15th 12-4 p.m.

Learn an exciting new approach to writing from an author whose books have been praised by The New York Times, The SF Chronicle, and O magazine. Josh Mohr’s unique voice won him the Northern California Book Award. This Sunday he teaches what he calls plaracterization (plot + characterization).

The best plots aren’t controlled by the author. They spring from the characters themselves. The writer masterminds all things, yes, but the more we as writers realize that our characters are sovereign beings with independent consciousnesses, the better prepared we are to traverse plaracterization. The third Sunday in January, let Josh Mohr show you how to apply this technique to your own writing.

About Joshua Mohrbest-sellinga author Josh Mohr

JOSHUA MOHR is the author of five novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life recently won the Northern California Book Award. He is the executive editor at Decant Editorial, and his first book of nonfiction, a memoir called Sirens, is due out January 2017. Check out his site joshuamohr.net for more info.

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, Jan 15th, at
Connexion in Jack London Square

MEETING SCHEDULE

12:00–1:00 – Author Support Group
1:00–2:00 – Craft Support Group

Simultaneously

12:30–2:00 – Social Hour
2:00–2:30 – Break, Book Sale
2:30–3:00 – Announcements
3:00–3:15 – CWC Featured Member: Bobbie Kinkead
3:15–4:30 – Joshua Mohr

Admission

CWC Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

* Guests may visit any of our author support groups once before joining.

Click here for more information about location and time.

Here’s a flyer for this event you can download and share: cwc-flyer-joshua-mohr-edited

Save

Save

“Inventing Zorgos” – June 16th’s Speakers are Louise Hart and Kristen Caven

1 Comment

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 3.17.28 PM

click to view flyer

When their editor called authors Louise Hart and Kristen Caven to announce the new title for their book, they were stunned. What is the antidote to bullying?

Come listen to this mother- daughter writing team talk about their long journey through the publishing world. Since their first book was published in 1989, they’ve been published, re- published, self-published, and everything in between. Louise made it to the top as an internationally recognized speaker, retired, then came out of retirement to write some more, inspired by her daughter and grandchildren.

“Inventing Zorgos” is the kick-off event for their book launch of The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids for Life, coming out in July from Hazelden Publishing. Come find out what Zorgos is, and how you can use it in your writing career.

The location of the talk is the Oakland Public Library (enter on Madison Street); see flyer for meeting schedule. The CWC Featured Author is Judith Newton.

Dr. Louise Hart is the author of The Winning Family, On the Wings of Self- Esteem, and the forthcoming The Bullying Antidote. CWC’s own Kristen Caven, who illustrated Louise’s first two books, has been Louise’s partner every step of the way—as graphic designer, editor, ghostwriter and co-author, writing and publishing her own books along the journey as well. Together they have founded three publishing companies. Sign up for the Zorgos Reader at www.zorgos.wordpress.com.