Kids’, adults’ writing workshops planned

BAR HARBOR — Two Maine writers will lead workshops at the Jesup Memorial Library during National Novel Writing Month. On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 2-4 p.m., Edith Korstanje will lead a fiction workshop for children. On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., novelist Cynthia Underwood Thayer will lead a story structure workshop for adults.

Cynthia Underwood Thayer PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Cynthia Underwood Thayer

Korstanje will help children ages 9-12 discover the stories all around them. Proficient younger writers are welcome if they can write their own 50-100 word story. She then will dive into plot, talk about dialogue and help kids craft a character.

Thayer will lead a workshop on story structure. “Story structure holds your work together, creates character, develops tension and makes your readers turn the pages,” she said. Learn how structure can help make your writing exciting and dynamic with the use of lecture, discussion, handouts and exercises. Depending on time, she will touch on topics including definition of “story,” parts of a story, event, story value, scene, setting, plot, character and characterization, controlling idea, protagonist, “the gap,” inciting incident, the spine, sub-plots, sub-text, irony, crisis, climax, resolution, flashbacks, point of view. There is a $20 deposit to save a spot in the story structure workshop. The $20 will be returned at the conclusion of the workshop.

Korstanje worked as an elementary school teacher in the Netherlands and relocated to Mount Desert Island eight years ago with her family. She also writes about her life as a Dutch woman in an American world in a blog and is currently writing her first children’s book.

Thayer is a novelist whose works include “Strong for Potatoes,” “A Certain Slant of Light” and “A Brief Lunacy.” She has won awards for her work, including a short fiction prize by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. She lives in Gouldsboro and has taught adult education classes, workshops for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and Schoodic Arts for All (which she founded), and fiction writing with Turnstone Writers’ Workshop and at University of Maine at Machias.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.

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