Saturday 9:15 Morning Sessions - Write on the Sound
Conference Schedule

Point of View Matters

Elizabeth Lyon

Craft: Fiction/Nonfiction

Your first choice of a character's point of view may or may not be the best one. We'll delve into the advantages and disadvantages of first person, second person, third-person subjective, third-person objective, multiple limited, and omniscient. We'll revise excerts in each point of view written by best-selling authors and discuss difference in "heat," and "psychic viewpoint," and how to catch common point of view slips.

The Art of Autobiographical Writing

Janée J. Baugher

Craft: Nonfiction/Memoir

Whether you’re writing a memoir, a personal essay, or an account of a single event, this workshop is for you.  We’ll read examples of autobiographical literature, discuss elements of craft, and celebrate the artistic possibilities of writing one’s life.  In-class writing exercises will help you find structure for your stories. Attendees will learn craft elements of literary nonfiction, imaginative ways to tell stories, and what makes a compelling “true” story. Please bring to class: An excerpt of an autobiographical work-in-progress (if you have it) and an object that has sentimental value (e.g. article of clothing, photograph, trinket).

Discover Your Writing Niche

Gloria Kempton

Writer's Life: All Genres

You want to write, but you don't know where to start. Fiction or nonfiction? Article, short story, or how-to book? Who to write for--children, teens, adults? There is a type of writing that is best suited for you, and the discovery process can be a rewarding adventure. Together, we will explore the various forms of writing and review how to approach the publishing industry, in the way that best fits you. Attendees will learn everything they need to know to launch a successful writing career.

A Doorway into a Dream: Beginnings in Fiction

Michael David Lukas

Craft: Fiction

The beginning of a short story or novel is a doorway between two worlds, the portal through which we are able to enter the “vivid and continuous dream” of fiction that John Gardner talks about in On Becoming a Novelist. It’s where you hook your reader, set the action in motion, introduce your characters, and set out the rules of your work. You can spend hours and hours working on a beginning—polishing, revising, trying to get it just right, then crumpling it up and starting over again—and for good reason. A good beginning is a fuse that burns through the entire work, while a lackluster one can sink the entire ship. In this session, we will examine a number of successful fiction beginnings—including the work of authors like Jennifer Egan, Toni Morrison, David Mitchell, Zadie Smith, and Salman Rushdie—picking them apart and discussing what makes them tick.


Write on the Sound
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St
Edmonds WA 98020
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 34th annual conference
October 4, 5 & 6, 2019


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Write on the Sound is a program of the City of Edmonds Arts Commission

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Write on the Sound

City of Edmonds Arts Commission

700 Main St.

Edmonds, WA 98020

425-771-0228 | wotsat symbol mdedmondswablack dotgov

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30AM-5:00PM (PT)

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