November Meeting Full of Drama!

November Novel Group
When: Fri., November 7, 1 to 3 PM; arrive at 12:30 if you’d like enjoy lunch with the group before the meeting
Location: Egg Harbor Cafe, 1603 N. Alpine Rd in Edgebrook Center, Rockford
Lunch Details: Delicious food, coffee, tea, and more

Meeting Topic: Dramatizing Real Life

When you read a great biography, what is it that makes it as compelling a read as fiction? Is it the subject? The joys and trials of the life chronicled?
None of the above? In recent years noted “true stories” are more frequently told with finesse and artful drama, setting scenes to show emotions and interactions rather than simply reporting them.
This month, Sarah shares a great article that introduces the idea of “dramatic realism.” At the meeting she’ll discuss the article and what dramatic realism means for fiction and nonfiction. Afterward, Dawn will add points and examples about the value of dramatization. We’ll conclude the discussion with a brief writing exercise.

OWLS Events:

Novel Group meeting, December 5, Ten Pennies Internet Cafe, Oregon, Illinois

Novel Group meeting, January 9, 2015, location TBD – note 1/9 is the second Friday


Galena Trip Rescheduled!

That’s right, the Get Inspired Field Trip is on again! We’ve rescheduled it for Sunday, October 19, 2014. There should still be some color to see and we’re hoping for lovely weather so we can enjoy the crisp fall air and vintage atmosphere. Here’s information and the schedule. Remember, we’re going October 19! Click images to read the details.


Join us for this inspiring adventure!

Join us for this inspiring adventure!

Galena Trip Schedule, Oct. 19

Galena Trip Schedule, Oct. 19

Constructing a Narrator

Every story or novel has a narrator, a character or outside entity telling the story. The narrator can be omniscient, the author ‘s voice coming from beyond the story to tell the tale and make comments. The narrator can be a character (or characters) deeply involved in the story–the protagonist or any other character who can observe and report. Whoever you choose, whatever point of view type you use, the narrator has a particular purpose. The following article can help you fashion your narrator and keep him or her on track as the voice of your story:

3 Things Your Novel’s Narrator Needs to Accomplish

Just click the title to visit the Writer’s Digest page!