Sunday, September 17, 2017

How to lie by telling the truth

Here is a great quote on our art from the great novelist, Isabell Allende:

"You can tell the deepest truths with the lies of fiction."

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nationally known author Randy Ross coming to Ligonier to speak

Randy Ross, author of God Bless Cambodia, will speak at the Ligonier Town Hall community room 7 PM on March 29th. Booklist Online and other reviewers have praised Ross’s book, a fictional travel memoir, and compared it to Anne Tyler’s best-seller The Accidental Tourist. Mr. Ross is an entertaining and engaging speaker who has performed his work on stages across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. He will speak on the trials and travails of getting his novel published.

This performance is sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Writers.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Lynda Barry on story structure

Here's a great quote from cartoonist/writer/graphic novelist Lynda Barry. I think I would file this under--Once you learn the rules you are allowed to break them! Barry has build a successful career by breaking with conventions and following her own unique muse. Her creativity is evident in the metaphor contained in this quote:

"People think if you're writing a story you have to follow story structure--it's like thinking the only reason we have teeth is because there are dentists." Lynda Barry

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 Jim Busch