Readers’ Workshop

05/11/17 07:00 PM - 05/11/17 08:00 PM
Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA

New for 2017! Readers’ Workshop at Curious Iguana

Join us at the Iguana on the second Thursday of every month at 7 pm for our new Readers’ Workshop. Free; no registration required. Featured books are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session.

Ever struggle with describing exactly why you like or dislike a book? Perhaps you enjoyed the plot and the characters, but you can’t quite pinpoint the reason why you wouldn’t recommend it to others. Readers’ Workshop will help you read closer so you can recognize what makes fiction writing great—whether it’s beautifully crafted sentences, natural dialogue, or details you will never forget. Using Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* as a reference guide, we will read a chapter of the guide as well as a work of fiction each month. Our discussions will focus on what we learned from that month’s chapter and how it relates to that month’s featured title. Join us as we slow down and pay close attention, which will make us all better readers.

Leading Readers’ Workshop is Stephanie Yamkovenko, who has lived in downtown Frederick for the past eight years and is convinced that Frederick is a real-life Stars Hollow. She spends her free time reading, running, writing, and walking around downtown. Stephanie grew up in south Louisiana and currently works as a digital editor for a health care association. Read her blog (syciphers.wordpress.com), follow her on Twitter @s_yamkovenko, and see what she’s reading on Litsy @StephanieY.

May 11: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Topic: Character (Chapter 6, Reading Like a Writer)

June 8: A Mercy by Toni Morrison

Topic: Dialogue (Chapter 7, Reading Like a Writer)

July 13: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Topic: Details (Chapter 8, Reading Like a Writer)

August 10: Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

Topic: Gesture (Chapter 9, Reading Like a Writer)

* Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* is available to Readers’ Workshop participants for the reduced price of $10.

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