As the guest speaker at last night’s Conversations with Authors event, hosted by the WordWrites Guild and the Lawrenceburg Public Library District, local author and illustrator Susan Troutt quickly captured the audience’s attention while sparking their imaginations.
Mrs. Troutt’s entertaining program focused on setting, character and plot development.
In an exercise designed to bring the concept of setting into clear focus, Mrs. Troutt invited attendees to close their eyes and visualize their childhood homes. Many participants were surprised by the vivid details such as colors, faces and even scents that they could recall.
Audience interaction was key when discussing character and plot development. Attendees provided fun details about an imaginary character - in this case a monied, authoritative and somewhat gullible Miss Parkay - and discussed ways in which these characteristics would drive the plot.
Throughout the program, Mrs. Troutt made effective use of her well synchronised PowerPoint presentation in bringing her natural story telling and teaching abilities to life.
Following the program, attendees spoke with Mrs. Troutt, purchased signed copies of her books, and enjoyed decadent desserts provided by Annie’s Classic Cafe.
Local Children’s Book Author
Presents Free Program to the Public
Wednesday, April 3
Please join the WordWrites Guild and the Lawrenceburg Public Library in welcoming Mrs. Susan Troutt as she shares her experiences transitioning from public school educator to published writer.
The audience will be invited to ask questions and to chat with the author following the program.
Please RSVP by April 1 by contacting the WordWrites Guild, or the Lawrenceburg Public Library.
Our March 7 meeting will begin at 6:00 PM, in the Dunevant #1 at the North Dearborn Branch Library on North Dearborn Road. See our About page for a map or more information.
Hope to see you there.
Our February 21 meeting will begin at 6:00 PM, in the Ewbank Meeting Room of the downtown Lawrenceburg Public Library, 150 Mary Avenue, Lawrenceburg, IN. Hope to see you there.
As always, you can contact WordWrites Guild by email at WordWritesGuild@gmail.com.
Now there are two more options. You can also send us a text or leave a voicemail at our new Google Voice phone number: (812) 220-4594.
Beginning January 3, 2013, WordWrites Guild has a new home, two new homes actually.
On January 3rd, and subsequent 1st Thursdays, we will be meeting in Dunevant #1 at the North Dearborn Branch Library.
Beginning January 17, and subsequent 3rd Thursdays, we will be meeting in the Ewbank #2 at the main Lawrenceburg Public library.
At both locations, we will officially begin a 6:00 PM since the libraries close earlier (8:00) than Ivy Tech. If 6:00 is too early for you, come when you can. We’ll stay until we run out of things to do or talk about, or until they throw us out.
We at the WordWrites Guild warmly thank Northern Kentucky novelist Rick Robinson for presenting a thoroughly enjoyable program on August 15. Everyone in attendance learned about pacing one’s story, the many publishing options available today, the importance of building plot in such a way as to challenge fictional characters while staying true to their own morals and personalities, and so much more.
The WordWrites Guild is indebted to the Lawrenceburg Public Library for working with us in hosting this award-winning author. We look forward to future collaborations with this professional and enthusiastic organization.
As always, we welcome all writers to join us as we resume our normal meeting schedule on September 6th. We will meet at 6:30pm in room 238 at Ivy Tech, Lakefront Campus, Lawrenceburg, Indiana. There are no fees and we invite fellow word-geeks to attend meetings as their schedules allow.
If you have a work that you would like critiqued at the September 6 meeting, attach it (RTF prefered) to an email to WordWritesGuild@gmail.com by midnight August 30. See the Guidelines tab for more information.