• River City Writers Consider Literary Style

    Fletcher Library -- Central Arkansas Library System

    Continuing our exploration of the elements of fiction, the topic for Monday September 30 will be literary style. Please bring a 300 - 500 word excerpt from one of your writings to read aloud. After each reading, we'll examine the excerpt shared to determine the nature of the writer's style. Style can include vocabulary or word choice, sentence length, use of dialogue, use of dialect, rhythm, pacing of action or dialogue, type of imagery (or absence thereof), use of symbolism, figures of speech, tone, irony, recurrent themes, and more. There is no one right style, for style is an individual matter. The object for tonight's session will be for each of us to gain greater clarity about our authorial voices. This will help us to communicate more effectively with our chosen literary audiences. If you'd rather not read from your own work, then bring a passage from the work of a writer you admire to read aloud, and we'll examine that. And, if you don't want to read aloud at all, that's ok, too. You are welcome to come and just listen. It's all about literary style. Come and share yours.

  • River City Writers: Te Role of Theme in Fiction

    Fletcher Library -- Central Arkansas Library System

    Continuing with our study of the elements of fiction, we'll consider the role of theme in fiction literature. We'll consider theme from both the theoretical and practical sides, first discussing what theme is or can do in fiction, and then looking at some examples of how it has been used, especially in the legal thriller novels of Little Rock native Webb Hubbell.

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  • River City Writers: The Elements of Fiction

    Fletcher Library -- Central Arkansas Library System

    The Elements of Fiction: Plot, Characterization, Setting, Style (including Point of View), Tone, Theme, and More I'll offer definitions and functions for each of the elements of fiction, as described in The Story and Its Writer by Ann Charters. This presentation will serve as a reminder of the components of literary creativity we should be thinking about, if we hope to create well-shaped fiction. After the presentation, I'll open the floor for discussion. We could start with these questions: With which of these elements of fiction are you most familiar, comfortable, and secure in your writing practice (or fiction reading, if you are not yet throwing down words)? With which of these elements of fiction are you least familiar, comfortable, or secure? Where do you think your work is presently strong? Where does it need work in regard to the elements of fiction? Come ready to share, if you like, or just listen, if that's better for the moment. Bring yourself, something to write with and on, and any ideas you'd like to share. You will be welcomed!

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  • River City Writers

    Fletcher Library -- Central Arkansas Library System

    Bring yourself, a pad of paper, something to write with, or an electronic device for that purpose. We'll introduce ourselves to each other, share our interests and experiences in writing and publishing, and discuss whatever comes up in that fashion. Time and interest permitting, we'll spend a few moments actually writing from prompts which will be provided - all just for fun. Be prepared to stretch your mind and exercise your imagination, always a good workout for cultivating the flow of creativity. To find the group, proceed to Meeting Room A in the new addition to Fletcher, or, go inside the main building and ask for directions. The Fletcher Library complex is compact and easy to negotiate, so don't worry about having to wander around a big confusing complex. Coordinator Maureen Richmond will be circulating around the doors, on the lookout for writer types.

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