October Write Brain: How to Read Like a Writer

Oct 14, 2019 — 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Location: Library 21C (get directions)

PLEASE NOTE: OCTOBER WRITE BRAIN IS ON A MONDAY INSTEAD OF THE USUAL TUESDAY!

Writers often get advice to “read widely” in order to improve their craft. But what does that mean, and what should you be looking for while reading? This Write Brain will go from the big picture of what actually constitutes “reading widely” to a microscopic view on one story, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death.” We will discuss how to pick books that fit what you want to accomplish as a writer, when to pick apart books (and when not to), and beginning techniques on how to pick apart books.

Faculty

DeAnna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling has two minor superpowers: speed-reading and babble.  She types at over 10,000 words per minute and can make things up even faster than that. She has been officially constrained from drinking Ovaltine per her doctor’s orders since a tragic incident involving a monopoly game, a blender, a cemetery, and a school play at age eight.  Her first job was hunting snipe for her father at twenty-five cents per head, with which she paid her way through college; her latest job involves a non-disclosure agreement, a dozen hitmen, a ballerina, a snowblower, three very small robots, and a disposable dictator in South America. If she told you which movie was based on her life, she’d have to kill you. Her cover job is that of freelance writer, editor, and designer living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, cat, more than one cupboard full of various condiments, and many shelves full of the very best books. She has her own indie small press, www.WonderlandPress.com, and her website is www.DeAnnaKnippling.com.