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Fiction Writing Workshop with Steve Peha & Margot Lester

January 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


This event is free and open to the public – we kindly request that you RSVP via email here. We look forward to seeing you at this event!
Everyone loves a good story. We love stories so much that many of us would like to try hand at writing them. Fiction, however, is challenging. In this workshop, we’ll meet that challenge head on with an engaging framework called “The Five Facts of Fiction” — a set principles that common to all great stories. You’ll create a rough sketch of a complete novel or short story with complex characters, compelling conflict, and a setting as rich as any you’ve ever known. You’ll also write a few lines of your opening scene. And all of this will happen in 90 minutes. Writers from 8 to 88 have enjoyed this workshop for the last ten years. And everyone – absolutely everyone – comes away with a good story.

About Steve Peha

Steve Peha is the founder of Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc., a Carrboro, North Carolina-based education consultancy specializing in literacy, student engagement, and instructional innovation. His latest book is Be a Better Writer, written with his wife, Margot Carmichael Lester, was an Amazon #1 “Hot New Release” in teen writing. The book also won a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, a 2016 Best Book Gold Medal Award in Young Adult Nonfiction. It has also received an award nomination from YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association. Since 1995, Steve has written widely on teaching, learning, and writing for publications like The Washington Post, The National Journal, Psychology Today, Edutopia, Education Post, and many others. In 2001, he created The Effective Learning Series for The Seattle Times and received an Innovators in Education from the Newspaper Association of America. During this workshop, he will write along with all participants describing the origin of his first and as-yet-to-be-completed novel, Jordan’s Run.

About Margot Carmichael Lester

Margot Carmichael Lester is the founder of The Word Factory and living proof that a person can be old school and au courant at the same time. She still writes regularly for the Los Angeles Business Journal and the International Cinematographers Guild Magazine, but most of her work these days is digital. She was doing brand journalism before the term even existed, creating nearly 1000 articles for Match.com in the early 00s. Currently, she manages a team of pros serving as virtual brand newsrooms for her clients. When she’s not slinging words, she consults with start-ups and Fortune 100 companies on communications strategy, media relations and operations. She’s got three books to her name, including Be a Better Writer, on which she collaborated with her husband, Steve Peha. In her off-hours, she love’s to cook (and eat); listen to music; and follow local, state and national politics — except when she’s watching football or the UNC Tar Heels.


January 21, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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McIntyre’s Books
2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro, NC 27312 United States
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