May-August Craft Series with John Reed

While these were originally designed as a partnership with Springfield Public Library, we don’t want to cancel, so we are offering them to you online via Zoom!

Workshop 1–CHARACTERS: Creating Believable People

Believable people are the key to hooking the reader. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to breathe life into your “story people.”

Monday, May 11, 2020 | 6-8pm


Workshop 2–SCENE: Making a Memorable Scene

In this class you’ll learn the secrets of crafting scenes that drive your story forward, and we’ll explore two levels of scene structure.

Monday, June 8, 2020 | 6-8pm


Workshop 3–DIALOGUE: Crafting Realistic “Talking”

In this class, we’ll answer the question “Why are your characters speaking?” Fictional dialogue sounds like it’s real, but it’s not. We’ll learn about the difference!

Monday, July 13, 2020 | 6-8pm


Workshop 4–STRUCTURE: Building Stronger Fiction

All the elements of your story must come together in a tight, coherent structure. We’ll examine how your work should be built—from the ground up.

Monday, August 10, 2020 | 6-8pm

About the Instructor: John Reed’s years as an Army Intelligence officer have given him more than enough background for his four espionage novels: Thirteen Mountain, Dark Forest, Shadow White as Stone and The Kingfisher’s Call. His unforgettable characters and tension-filled plots are a testament to his skill as a master storyteller. He has a master’s degree in Communications and is a member of the International Thriller Writers. John lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon.