Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Literary Salon in Pagosa Springs features award winning author Lisa Lenard-Cook

Lisa Lenard-Cook will be at Moonlight Books on Thursday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m. for an informal literary salon discussion about fiction writing. The award winning author of Dissonance and Coyote Morning is participating in the first Pagosa Springs Writer's Residency program. She is in residence in Pagosa from May 9-23, 2008 courtesy of www.PagosaRental.com and the Colorado Council on the Arts.

The Mind of Your Story: discover what drives your fiction is the new book by Lenard-Cook published by Writer’s Digest Books. In the three-part book, Lenard-Cook explains in detail her process. Part I is Seeds and their Nourishment—the creative obsessions that form fiction, Part II explores the Mind of Your Story—the pacing, time and working with writers that you love. Part III is the honest and difficult part called Start All Over Again.

“There are still days when it seems to me that writing must be magic, that all these things I’ve learned about it are little more than feints and mirrors. But because I value rewriting as much as writing—because I love to read my first drafts to learn what it is they hope to be—I’ve learned to pay attention to the ways the magic is made invisible,” she writes in her book.

Lenard-Cook’s first novel, Dissonance won the Jim Sagel prize for the novel while still in manuscript form. After publication by the University of New Mexico Press in 2003, the book was featured on NPR and chosen as a Today Show Summer Reading choice and was selected as book of the year by the Tucson-Pima County Public Library and the Cincinnati Public Library and was the reading selection for Durango-La Plata Reads. It was also short listed for the PEN Southwest Book Award. Her second novel, Coyote Morning, published by UNM Press in 2004 was a Southwest Book of the Year and was short-listed for the New Mexico Press Women’s Zia Award. Lenard-Cook is a faculty member at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference and the Narrative Art Center.

Lenard-Cook will do a mini-workshop on fiction writing, talk about her fiction and discuss writing with guest. Refreshments will be served.

If you go:

Thursday, May 22, 2008
5-7 p.m.
Moonlight Books
434 Pagosa Street
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Connie Gotsch www.conniegotsch.com Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM www.ksje.com Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available www.dlsijpress.com

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