The personal essay strives for the same outcome as good fiction – engaging storytelling. What motivates the narrative nonfiction writer is often what motivates the novelist. During this one-day luncheon seminar we’ll look at narrative tension, the use of detail to evoke atmosphere and symbolism, and the use of historical context to enrich our stories.
$95 (register before 8/17/15); $110 (register 8/17/15 or later). Mount Vernon Country Club, Golden, Colorado (25 minutes from downtown Denver).
Seminar includes morning coffee, tea, pastries and fruit; catered luncheon and afternoon beverages. Appropriate for fiction and memoir.
Page has been teaching writing workshops for 18 years, in over 200 venues in the U.S. and British Columbia. She often teaches “across genre” because, whether she’s talking about narrative nonfiction, memoir, or fiction, she believes that all good writing starts at the emotional root of the human experience. The content of her workshops can be customized to fit most audiences, but here are a few of her favorite topics (some based on articles she has written for The Writer Magazine, Sojourns, Wyo-Writer, and Roundup):
Page’s speaking style is intimate – an emotionally “up close” experience with the audience. Whether speaking about the 12-month trip around the world she took as a teenager, rearing her son and daughter on a small ranch in Wyoming, how her father gave birth to the financial planning industry, the month she spent alone in a remote mountain cabin, or floating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, she will invite you inside both her joy and sorrow. Here are a few of her favorite speaking topics:
Small Business Consulting
The Sherpa guides in the Himalayas know that a mountain is climbed one small step at a time. Our dreams, too, can be reached, one attainable goal at a time. The “big picture” is the horizon. What we do each hour, each day, marks our journey toward that horizon. Page will listen to your goals, ask questions about current partnerships, current ways of doing business, and the challenges you face.
Career Consulting for Writers
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Past Presentations, Keynotes and workshops include:
Fishtrap: Writing & the West, Wallowa, OR; Women Writing the West, Golden, CO; Platinum Expression, Carbondale, CO; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Stories On Stage, Denver, CO (work performed); A Room of Her Own Foundation, Ghost Ranch, NM; Women Writing the West, Albuquerque, NM; Denver Woman’s Press Club, Denver, CO; American Indian Higher Education Consortium, San Diego, CA; Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO; Risk Taking, Fire within Dangerous Minds Conference, Regis University, Denver, Colorado; Feminist Luncheons, Denver, CO; Women & the Environment, Santa Fe, NM; River Writing, Aspen Summer Words, Aspen, CO; Writing from the Imaginative Storm, Taos Writing Salon, NM; Walking Words, Telluride, CO; “Writing along the Rim” 3-day retreat, Grand Canyon, AZ; Women Writing West, CU Denver; Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, CO; Writing from the River’s Edge, Green River, UT; Quivira Coalition, Albuquerque, NM; Fall Equinox Writing Retreat, Mt. Vernon, CO; Writing the West Conference, Western State College, Gunnison, CO; Women’s Studies Program, UW Faculty Club, Seattle, WA; Ozark Creative Writers Conference, Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Governor’s Arts Award Banquet, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Adventure Writing Symposium, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Western Writers of America, WY; Rocky Mountain Book Festival, Denver, Colorado; Writer’s in the Sky, Telluride, Colorado; Smithers Arts Council, Smithers, British Columbia; Northwest Book Fest Seattle, Washington; Mountains and Plains Booksellers Conference, Denver, Colorado; Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota; Northern Arizona University, Museum of Northern Arizona, the Arboretum, Flagstaff, Arizona; the Phoenix Women’s Expo, Phoenix, Arizona; The Reader’s Festival, South Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado.