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.
August 10: Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
Topic: Gesture (Chapter 9, Reading Like a Writer)
September 14: Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov **
Topic: Chekhov (Chapter 10, Reading Like a Writer)
October 12: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Topic: Read Harder (Chapter 11, Reading Like a Writer)
November 9: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
* Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* is available to Readers’ Workshop participants for the reduced price of $10.
** Specifically reading selected stories: A Boring Story (p 55-108); Gusev (p 109-122); The Black Monk (p 223-252); The Student (p 263-266); The Lady with the Little Dog (p 361-376); In the Ravine (p 421-436); The Bishop (p. 437-end)