March 15, 2015 by Anne Tenino
Lucas Wilder’s best friend is a traitor. First, Audrey moved back to their hick-infested hometown, Bluewater Bay, and now she’s marrying a local. His own brother, in fact. And as her Man of Honor, Lucas gets coerced into returning for an extended stay. Although, between his unfaithful ex-boyfriend and his artist’s block, going home isn’t the worst that could happen. Even if the Best Man is Gabriel Savage, Lucas’s first crush, first hookup, and first heartbreak.
The only reason Gabe hasn’t been waiting for Lucas to return to Bluewater Bay is because he never thought it’d happen. Not that it matters now that Lucas is back—Gabe’s still a logger who’s never been anywhere (Canada doesn’t count), and Lucas is now a famous sculptor who’s been everywhere twice. Plus, there’s that shared past.
When Audrey asks Lucas to make her wedding favors, the only place to set up a kiln is at Gabe’s tree farm. Soon, they pick up where they left off twelve years before, then blow past it, discovering why neither of them forgot the other. Now they have to choose how much of their history they’ll repeat, and what future they’ll make together.
RCRW Spring Writer’s Retreat:
presented by Jodi Henley, author of “Practical Emotional Structure: an easy to understand plain-English guide to emotional theory and the transformational character arc”
Join Jodi for a three-hour workshop as she shows in a practical, usable way, how to connect with your reader and elicit emotions.
• How to increase the emotional tension in your story with minor fixes to your character’s backstory.
• How the transformational arc works to increase conflict and drive emotional tension to a screaming pitch.
• How to make to two characters who have absolutely no chemistry work together like a match and accelerant, with only minor changes to characters and planned story line.
• How to extend emotional structure into a continuing story arc.
• How to make readers cry, laugh, sigh, and buy the next book!
Jodi promises “… a surfeit of PowerPoints, lots of handouts, and way too much personal attention during the workshop and over the entire retreat.”
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Jodi Henley is a developmental editor based in the Greater Seattle area. A long-time workshop presenter and blogger, Jodi is highly sought after for her plain-English approach to problem solving, ability to translate theory into usable bites, and intensive, one-on-one feedback style. Jodi specializes in character-driven genre fiction, and continuing arcs. She enjoys talking about craft and considers herself lucky to have a receptive audience. Find out more about Jodi at http://jodihenley.blogspot.com
April 11, 2015
9:00am – 4:00pm
(morning and afternoon snacks and lunch provided)
McMenamin’s Grand Lodge
3505 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, Oregon
Early Registration (through March 31st): $50
Late Registration (April 1st – April 10th): $60