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Worldbuilding: a presentation for CWC Berkeley


Exciting, dynamic characters and situations are catalyzed, I believe, from exciting dynamic settings. We will discuss how to create settings that draw in the reader, how to avoid falling into boring-but-comfortable setting traps, and how to research exotic settings without having to leave your maybe-not-so-exotic home.

For more information about the Berkeley branch of California Writers Club, check out its website at http://calwritersclub.wordpress.com/.

Tanya's Latest Blogs

Oct.13.2010 - 1:37 am
"The Book I Want To Read" contest flyer
If you know a teen who enjoys reading and writing (or you are one yourself), I'd be so happy if you  spread the word about my contest:   Is there a book you wish someone...
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Sep.03.2010 - 10:27 am
My five-year-old daughter has been making Halloween decorations since the middle of August.  I'd held firm until then, trying to show her on the calendar how far away the end of...
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Aug.06.2010 - 10:11 am
My friend Amanda likes to say she's the only writer she knows whose kitchen gets a mention in a novel's acknowledgments.  Also in the acknowledgments of my novel is the cottage of...
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May.12.2010 - 8:35 pm
Lately, I've read too much fiction that seems to me like this: a story opens at a point where the characters have stopped trying/hoping to make their lives change.  They think...
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Comments from Tanya

Nov.23.2010 - 11:10 am
In response to: It's On the Tip of My Tongue
Wait, these people have *names* of their own? Seriously, I thought they were all "Summer's Daddy" or "Taylor's Mommy...
Aug.06.2010 - 6:46 pm
In response to: It Wouldn't Have Happened Without My Writing Group
I agree, Talia. Great analogy!
Jul.26.2010 - 8:35 pm
In response to: can we start a conversation about using this site?
Hi Barbara, You might want to check out the blog of a local (I live in Marin County, CA) writer named Hyla Molander --...
Jul.05.2010 - 10:08 pm
In response to: Greetings and Salutations
Hi Mickey, Sorry to hear about (and see) what happened to you! I'd jot down what you can (drug-inspired or otherwise)...
Jul.05.2010 - 9:31 pm
In response to: Greetings and Salutations
Hi AB & Mickey! Thank you for the kind words about my website. Mickey, I had it done myself. I brainstormed it (...

Published Reviews

Published by Fort Worth Star-Telegram
All the themes in the novel are richly drawn and universal — love, "saving" someone, the question of what reality really is, loneliness, betrayal. The conflicting themes create a...