Your Chance to Learn from Scott Sparling

Scott Sparling will be running a workshop on dialogue at Wordstock this weekend.

Scott Sparling, author of Wire to Wire, will be teaching a workshop on dialogue at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday at Wordstock, Portland’s literary festival. (Oregon, that is. Not Maine.)

“At my Wordstock workshop next weekend, one thing we’ll talk about is sniper dialogue—that short burst of speech in the middle of narrative that manages to totally redefine a particular moment or scene,” Scott writes in his blog post.

Check out the whole piece, “Say What?,” to learn more about Scott’s thoughts on “sniper dialogue” and how to sign up for his event.

Scott is one of the interview subjects in Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life. He talks about what it feels like to be published, his Michigan book tour and the unusual way he structured his debut novel, which was released by Tin House in 2011.

I’m giving away a copy of Wire to Wire over on my blog, so head over there and comment before 5 p.m. Friday West Coast time for a chance to win.

To buy a copy of Brave on the Page, so you can learn more about Scott and the other forty-one writers in the collection, check out ondemandbooks.com. You have a choice of independent bookstores that will gladly ship you a copy! Unfortunately the Harvard and University of Washington links don’t seem to work, but the others do. So if you choose to buy online, you’ll support Forest Avenue Press and our mission to promote writers and publish quiet books, but you’ll also support an independent bookstore like the Northshire in Manchester, Vermont, or the Tattered Cover in Denver.

Or–if you’re in Portland–please stop by the Espresso Book Machine booth inside the Powell’s Marketplace on Saturday or Sunday (October 13-14) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. I’ll be standing there with copies of the book, excited to chat with fellow writers and readers!

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