Louise Plummer

Solstice teacher, Louise Plummer, answers a few questions about writing:

Why should writers consider writing nonfiction?

It requires the same skill set as writing fiction: choosing subject matter, characterization, setting, voice etc.

What’s your favorite nonfiction book?

An impossible question, but today I’ll say, David Shield’s Remote.

What are your writing habits?

I am not writing any fiction anymore and don’t plan to.  Occasionally, I do short personal essay pieces on request, but mostly I keep my blog going.  I write it in bed on my laptop.  Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s lame, but I have a sizeable reading audience either way.  It’s a way to know that I’m still alive.

What do you do when you aren’t writing?

Watching movies. Reading. Watercoloring.  Hanging with Tom.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Believe in yourself and your talent.  Do the work and send it off.  There is no magic dust to make this happen.

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were starting out as a writer?

Each writing project feels like the first time.  The middle of a book is the most difficult to get through.  Beginnings are the easiest.  You’ve got to want it more than anything else.

And just for fun…salty or sweet?
Salty, definitely.  If there isn’t a tragic underpinning to comedy, then it’s just burlesque.  Life is a tragedy with a really bad ending.  That alone makes me laugh until snot comes out of my nose.

 

Thank you, Louise!

You can sign up for Louise Plummer’s Memoir class by going to http://www.highvalleyarts.org/solstice

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Aaand We’re Back

Hello Writers!
Plans are starting to take shape here at Solstice! We hope you’re as excited as we are for this year’s retreat.

Returning to our faculty this year are Louise Plummer, Ann Cannon, Dean Hughes, and John Bennion. We’re also happy to have Chris Crowe joining us for this year’s Solstice. Also new this year, we’ve got a couple of editors lined up and you’ll be able to meet with them for some one-on-one time where you can pitch your ideas and get valuable feedback. And if you’re lucky, we just might do some more dancing!

Leading up to the retreat, we’ve got some things lined up for you to look forward to. Look for some giveaways, an early bird special, and guest posts from our faculty.

In the meantime, polish up those manuscripts, dust off those family histories, and get ready to join us in July!

Good News!

If you’ve been putting off signing up for Solstice Writers Retreat in lovely Midway, Utah, have we got a deal for you! We have extended our early bird pricing until May 31! That’s right. You can still get the full conference for only $249. With classes offered by Ann Cannon, John Bytheway, Dean Hughes, Louise Plummer, and other successful authors, this is one fantastic deal. As far as Utah writing conferences go, Solstice can’t be beat. You get 3 days of instruction, critiquing, and information all in one place. Plus, we’re just going to have a lot of fun. So sign up today!

Solstice Faculty: A Veritable Who’s Who of Writers

Solstice is proud to introduce you to some of the best writing talent anywhere:

1. Ann Edwards Cannon

RETREAT TOPIC: Writing Columns and Blogs

Ann is the writer of a well-known column in the Salt Lake Tribune and the author of a widely-read blog, The Writers’ Corner (And Also What I Ate Today). She’s also the author of several novels, children’s books, and essays. If you’re familiar with Ann’s style, you know you’re in for a good time.

2. John Bennion

RETREAT TOPIC: Nature and Outdoor Writing

John is a creative writing professor who specializes in nature writing. He often takes his writers on hiking expeditions where adventure (and good stories) ensue. John has published books for both adults and young adults alike. If you love the outdoors, John will teach you how to put it into words.

3. Dean Hughes

RETREAT TOPIC: Writing Nonfiction for Children

As someone who has made a career of writing (Dean has published over 100 books) this is a class not to be missed. Combining his wit and vast experience, Dean will offer extraordinary insight into what it takes to write for children.

4. Louise Plummer

RETREAT TOPIC: Writing Memoirs

Louise has published in both the fiction and non-fiction markets. She has used her own experiences to create works that are witty, original and thought-provoking. She spent many years as a writing professor, but her style is anything but “professorial.” If you’re looking to write your personal or family history, this may just be the class for you.

So there you have it! With an all-star line-up like that, Solstice promises to be a dynamic, entertaining, and highly informative writing conference. And there are still a few weeks left to get early bird pricing – so don’t wait any longer. Sign up today!