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Worldbuilding: a presentation for CWC Berkeley

Oct.11.2010

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

Jul.05.2010 - 7:15 pm
In response to: Greetings and Salutations
Hi All, My novel, HOW TO BUY A LOVE OF READING, was published by Dutton in 2009 (hardcover) and will be released in...
Jun.11.2010 - 2:32 pm
In response to: Why People on Facebook Care That My Cat Is Disgusting
I agree that we "sculpt our online image" this way, Zoe. (I like that turn of phrase, btw.) But I don't think this is...
Jun.11.2010 - 12:58 pm
In response to: Why People on Facebook Care That My Cat Is Disgusting
Okay, it was a random subject line. Just wanted to say I'm glad Katia found her Red Room password because I'm not sure...
Jun.09.2010 - 12:00 am
In response to: Why People on Facebook Care That My Cat Is Disgusting
I just realized, Wendy, that I'm far more likely to follow links posted on people's Facebook pages than ones on Twitter...
Jun.08.2010 - 12:23 pm
In response to: Why People on Facebook Care That My Cat Is Disgusting
Hi Zoe, I love your conclusion in the last paragraph about the willingness to be vulnerable and imperfect being at the...

Published Reviews

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May.28.2009
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...