Sunday, February 28, 2016

Story Kitchen Cooks Again in March


Bob Tanabe, Gloria Lee, Petrea Burchard, Catherine Yesayan, and Elaine La Marr at the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeeshop.

The Story Kitchen's January/February class was an absolute hoot. We had two memoirs (one travel, one life/historical), one novel and one novella. Now each of the authors has the tools to make their stories into whatever they want them to be.

We focus on story structure: how to organize your ideas onto the page. The next workshop begins in March: 4 weeks, 4 students, $199. The flyer below gives you the details, but of course you can email me with any questions. I've got a special email address for the Story Kitchen. Save your spot in the workshop by stopping at the store, 1010 Foothill Blvd. in La Canada Flintridge, or by calling (818) 790-0717.

A couple of testimonials for you:

I’ve been running story lines in my head but never could put those thoughts into words. That is, until I signed up for the Story Kitchen writing class. Petrea takes a personal interest in each of her students. Her teaching style keeps me focused and inspires me to keep on writing.—Bob Tanabe

Petrea's workshop has motivated me and made me want to kick my procrastinating self back into creative mode. She inspires us to be ourselves when writing. So grateful I attended this session.—Elaine La Marr

It has been a most enjoyable workshop, and has expanded my understanding and appreciation of the writing process.—Gloria Lee

8 comments:

William Kendall said...

That does sound creative!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, William!

LOLfromPasa said...

Wonderful idea and I bet it is so worthwhile to all those who attend.

Petrea Burchard said...

I sure hope so!

Bellis said...

I'm currently reading a book that could have done with your advice. Despite very good reviews on Amazon, the author failed to make the first few chapters draw me in, and although there's a chance that the action will start soon (I've already got through 6 chapters), life's too short to wait and I'm giving up. It's an audiobook so I can't even skip the boring bits. Authors really need advice about how to structure a book to keep the reader turning the page, especially with all the other demands on our time nowadays. I know you're an expert at this!

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm with you, Bellis, life's too short. An author can draw me in with other things besides action, even just good writing. But if the book is not compelling, I'm impatient with it. What's to make me read on? I'd better be able to answer that question by 50 pages or sooner, or I am out of there.

Jacob said...

Every aspiring writer would enjoy and benefit such a workshop. I love the title, "Story Kitchen," too. My mother was a writer (22 books, many articles) and often attended writer's workshops and often taught writing. Best wishes on this endeavor!

Petrea Burchard said...

22 books! That's very impressive. Can we find them online?