Please join Heidi Eliason, Lucinda Jackson and myself from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Flashlight Books in Walnut Creek.
I’m so excited to be speaking at the Mount Diablo branch of the California Writers Club on 11/12 at Zio Freados Italian Restaurant 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA. Preregistration required.
$25 members/$30 nonmembers.
Includes a Buffet Lunch at Zio Freados! Members can sell their books!
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I’m excited to announce I will be speaking at the Mount Diablo Audubon Society’s December 1st meeting about the status of the last 2 female northern white rhinos, recent scientific advances in rhino reproduction, and implications for the survival species.
Writing From Life: Memoir vs. Fiction.
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Kevin Fisher-Paulson and I will be speaking and doing a book signing at:
3645 Mount Diablo Boulevard
9/24/22 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm with book signing and reception to follow.
Topic: Muse Boards: A Visual Writing Aid for All Genres
2:00 to 4:00 PM
Four Points by Sheraton
5115 Hopyard Rd.
Pleasanton, CA 94588
When distilled down to its very essence, a writer’s job is to immerse their readers in a three-dimensional world through words. Just as fine artists often find it easier to paint what they see, many writers find that prose can be inspired by viewing at images. This need was my inspiration to develop the muse board tool.
A muse board is a versatile visual aid designed to create mood, assist in character development, inform book structure, and inspire descriptive text. Its versatility means it can be specialized to fit any genre. And one of its most powerful features is assisting writers in keeping details straight. This talk will describe how to make and use a muse board and the many advantages of investing the time to create one.
In this craft talk, Jill will describe:
- Different Possible Muse Board Formats
- Various Materials that Can be Used
- How to Create Your Board
- Outline Twelve Benefits of This Time-Saving Tool
- How to Use the Muse Board to Market Your Book
Please listen in at 10 am on 2/16 to my interview with the Nonfiction Authors Association. Here is the link: https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/podcast-interview-jill-hedgecock-02-16-2022-how-to-use-a-muse-board-to-keep-your-writing-process-on-track/
The associated blog can be found at:
I’m thrilled to announce that I will be interviewed by the amazing Stephanie Chandler of The Nonfiction Authors Association on Monday 1/24 at 11:00 am. I’ll be discussing the benefits of using a Muse Board.
Lots of content in this month’s Gazette, please see my interview on page 16 with actor/sculpture artist Tom Franco.
Also, check out my piece on Half Moon Bay on page 11, TWO book reviews this month for Tosca Lee’s medical thrillers on page 14, plus sweet Bennet and info on dog food recalls in my dog rescue column on page 15.
I’m excited to announce I’ll be speaking at the Lafayette Library along with four other talented artists/authors, including Tom Franco (brother to actor James Franco). Optional: Come in costume as your favorite literary character or author for a chance to win prizes too! Don’t miss out on this fun event!!!
Saturday October 30th at noon at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center Amphitheater, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. The writers will read excerpts from their work, while Tom and another local artist will discuss a selection of their artwork. A Q&A and outdoor reception will follow.
Jill: The End: Finding the Best Way to Wrap It All Up
Penny Warner: Writing Dialogue
10 am 2/13/20 $5 CWC members; $10 nonmembers
Whether it’s a chapter ending or the conclusion of a novel or memoir, endings matter. Not every chapter needs to end with a cliffhanger, but there should be a sense of drawing the chapter’s purpose to a close. Every book should leave the reader with a sense of satisfaction. It doesn’t have to be a happy ending, but it does need to tidy up all the loose story ends. There’s nothing worse than leaving your reader with this thought: “Did their printer run out of ink?”
During this Writer’s Table, I will cover:
How beginnings and endings are linked
Examples of successful ways to end books
How genre can affect endings
Differences between chapter versus book endings
When to think about your ending