The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
"The Fine Art of Drawing Pictures with Words"
Narrative can be flat and as boring as a laundry list, or use the many elements of a scene to draw a word picture that will transport a reader into your world. The technique of painting a picture with words involves making it dimensional by using sounds, aromas, climate, emotions. Rather than a cardboard cutout, it gives the reader a full image of the scene as it moves the story along. It is a question of balance—too little and it misses the mark, too much and it sounds phony and unbelievable.
Renown author and lecturer Morgan St James used a terrific A/V presentation to explore the use of words to make characters and places come alive, a true art.
Event held: Saturday, June 26, 3:00 pm
MORGAN ST. JAMES co-authors the comical crime caper series, Silver Sisters Mysteries, with her sister Phyllice Bradner. “A Corpse in the Soup” was named Best Mystery Audio Book 2007 by USA Book News. The second in the series, “Seven Deadly Samovars,” finds the Silver Sister twins tracking two bumbling Russian thugs from Juneau, Alaska to Seattle to Los Angeles. Book three in the series, “Vanishing Act in Vegas” is currently in work.
Morgan’s short stories appear in many anthologies including the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. Writing as Arliss Adams, “Devil’s Dance” and “The Devil’s Due”, a set of romantic suspense novels--will be released by L&L Dreamspell and Books in Motion in mid to late 2010.
She writes a column for Examiner.com and edits the Sisters in Crime Southern Nevada newsletter “On the Prowl.”
In addition to the new Silver Sisters adventure, current projects include “Anything But Paradise,” a novel written as Arliss Adams with co-creator Meredith Holland. They describe it as “Nine to Five meets The First Wives Club in a government fiasco,” and a funny reference book entitled “You Don’t Say,” written with Mike Dennis, her collaborator on the column of the same name in the SinC/SNV newsletter.
Memberships include Sisters in Crime/LA, Sisters in Crime/Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Writer’s Group, Public Safety Writers Group and Henderson Writer’s Group. She frequently appears on author’s panels and Meet the Author events, as well as presenting writers’ workshops.
The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines to meet and discuss the craft and the business of writing. GLAWS accomplishes this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique groups, special writer appearances, conferences, and other events conducted for the purpose of educating and mentoring writers of all levels of expertise. GLAWS Special Speaker Events are open to the public, and a great venue to meet other writers and expand your expertise.