The difference between writing that inspires, engages, and excites readers is in the details. Without them writing clarity is compromised and the piece goes from dramatic to drab. Choosing just the right detail — picking the perfect flower to mention out of a garden of dozens — is the key to creating a powerful piece. Too many details weigh the writing down, but a few select, well-placed ones add energy and vibrancy to your piece. In this workshop writer Polly Campbell will show how to uncover the details that will give your piece meaning, and explain how to use them to evoke emotion in the reader long after she puts down the page.
There are millions of stories to tell, but your job is to tell one at a time. Anything else will result in jumbled, meandering mess. A story with a tight and clear focus will serve as a compass for the reader, directing them through complex topics and insightful prose. For you, the writer, a focus serves as a road map leading you in the right direction toward the story’s ultimate purpose. A clear focus makes the piece both easier to write and easier to read. In this workshop, Polly Campbell will explain why a tight focus is a critical element to any piece of solid writing and she’ll show you show you to develop a clear focus for any story.
Mindfulness and meditation, resilience and rumination, visualization and vacations are just a few of the topics Polly Campbell has written about during her 15-year freelance career.
These days, Campbell specializes in personal growth, psychology, and spirituality topics. And she has also written numerous human-interest stories and profiles detailing the lives of jail-bound embezzlers, giant-pumpkin growers, environmentally-conscious entrepreneurs and others during career. Her work has appeared in national publications including Arthritis Today, Gaiam Life, Family Circle, American Profile, The Writer, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers.
She is a blogger for Psychology Today, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/imperfect-spirituality, and is currently working on a book “Imperfect Spirituality: How to Develop a Spiritual Life in the Midst of a Messed-Up Day.”
Campbell has tested many of the self-improvement strategies she writes about in her own quest to find more peace, joy—and some days just socks that match. She is a writer, wife, mother, cat-litter changer, and avid player of Candyland from her home in Oregon. Her blog is http://www.imperfectspirituality.com