Your Partner, The Reader: Exploring the Reader/Writer Collaboration
Presented by Jonathan Evison
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The reader is the best tool in any writer’s belt. A great book ought to be a dance between the writer and the reader, wherein the reader has to do everything the writer does--backwards and in heels! In this workshop we will discuss the relationship between the writer (you!) and the end user, the reader (also, a version of you, as it turns out!). We will discuss story as information, and identify ways to organize this information in manners that are revelatory and deeply satisfying to the reader. We will also explore methods and effects such as misdirect, designed to undermine reader expectation and surprise. The goal for this workshop is to identify ways to make the most of what is ultimately a collaborative effort.
Jonathan Evison is The New York Times bestselling author of All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, and most recently, Lawn Boy. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and Salon. He lives with his family on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state.
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