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Fiction Workshop Saturday January 18: World-Building with Jon Steele

  • 18 Jan 2020
  • 10:00 - 16:30
  • Press Club, rue de Ferney 106, 1202 Geneva


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Saturday January 18, 2020


with Jon Steele

In the beginning when God created the heavens and earth...

The first ten words of the Bible that pretty much say: when considering the concept of World Building, it’s pretty hard to top God. But a writer goes for it each time they attempt to fill a blank page with words--in and of itself a supreme act of creation, second only to building a fully functioning universe in six working days with one day off to rest. And on that sixth day we’ll be talking about opening sentences, closing sentences, creating an entire world in between; structuring dialogue-driven scenes, weaving plots, the sheer magic of creating a character’s voice. So, please, bring along your favorite opening sentences, closing sentences and bits of character dialogue. We’ll have a shootout at the literary corral.

Jon will read from his writings to underscore his concept of building an imaginary but believable world within the real world. Then a bit of show and tell. Based on photographs shown, you will write an opening sentence. There will be a prize for the best sentence!

Text Box: Jon Steele was born in the American west and worked as an award-winning cameraman/editor for ITN for more than twenty years. He has travelled and worked through seventy-eight countries across six continents. War Junkie, his autobiography of a life behind the camera in some of the worst places on earth, was published in 2002 by Transworld and has become a cult classic of war reportage. Jon is also the author of The Angelus Trilogy, an epic mystical noir thriller about the last of the good angels hiding out in Lausanne Cathedral. The books were published worldwide by Random House and Penguin. www.facebook.com/JonSteeleAuthor


10am-12:30pm   Morning Workshop

12:30-12:45pm   Announcements and Readings

12:45-2pm          Bring your own picnic lunch to share

2-4:30 pm           Mini Master Class (please apply to genevawriters@gmail.com)

Carla Drysdale’s poetry books include All Born Perfect (Kelsay Books, 2019); Inheritance (Finishing Line PSign up at genevawriters@gmail.com  

Payments can be made online via the GWG website, or in cash on the day

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