July Meeting

Join us for an evening with

Lee Barnes



Mr. Barnes will discuss Exposition:


As opening to the story: Intimacy and/or immediacy
As information needed to advance the story
In the form of internal monologue
In the form of flashback


Nothing is all showing: Why telling is a part of fiction and creative nonfiction

Lee Barnes, author of five books, including The Lucky and Gunning for Ho, and more than thirty short stories, earned his Masters of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Arizona State University. In addition to publishing fiction, he writes and publishes essays and works of creative nonfiction. When We Walked Above the Clouds, a memoir of his tour in Vietnam is forthcoming this September from the University of Nebraska Press, and he has two new novels Car Tag and Searchlight that will be released later in the fall of 2012. He has received the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Southern Nevada, has been twice honored as an instructor by the University and Community College Regents and selected four times by Who’s Who Among American Teachers. He was inducted in 2009 into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame at the University of Nevada Reno. He serves as lead faculty for the creative writing program at CSN.

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  • John H.

    Good speaker, well prepared to really offer some insights to us. (I feel someone should have taken even more time to show him that he needed to really hold the microphone VERY close to be clearly heard.) But he was a very good speaker on a fresh topic too.
    Oh, and the guy who did he literary quiz thing thought he was funny, apparently, but really, not so much.

    July 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mr. Barnes did an excellent job of framing the purpose of Exposition in meaningful and real terms. Great time. Pleased to be apart of the meeting last night. Thanks!

    July 22, 2011

  • Carole M.

    Lee Barnes did a great job of demonstrating the uses of exposition to set up a story.Classy samples from name-brand writers like Steinbeck and Marquez as well as from competent writers I'm not familiar with.
    Our friendly, homey venue of the Tap-House could do with an accomodating lectern with a flexible mike and a flexible light for the speaker to see notes and book excerpts. I hate to bug our good-hosts, but it would be nice, too to be able to see any speaker who's talking. During Lee Barnes' presentation I had many "AHA!" moments and did lots of note-taking.

    July 22, 2011

  • Richard W.

    Outstanding meeting. Thanks to all!

    July 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not off work until 8pm, I hope I can catch some of it!

    July 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sandy, I too am excited to meet with the group. This will be my first meeting and the anticipation is great. See you there.

    July 7, 2011

  • Sandy V.

    I'm really looking forward to meeting and networking with other writers in the Las Vegas area!

    July 7, 2011

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