Writing a novel is an art that takes practice and patience. Fortunately for those of you in the Fargo-Moorhead area interested in writing indie fiction novels, a writing workshop is taking place this Tuesday. Independent novelist Zachary Duval and illustrator McCal Johnson organized a literary workshop called “The Novel Approach” to offer guidance on the process of indie fiction writing.
The workshop takes place 7–8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at the Prairie Den and will have two phases: lecture and workshop. During the lecture phase, Duval will discuss his personal methods and approaches of writing based on his personal experiences. The specific processes he will discuss are conceptualization, development, execution, editing, and publishing.
In the workshop phase, members will have the opportunity to work in smaller groups with Duval, his editors, and members of his writing group to explore various genre elements or address the processes of writing in more intimate detail.
Johnson, who is mainly the facilitator of the event, was an illustrator for Duval’s The Chaotic Destiny series and is in the process of illustrating for Duval’s upcoming children’s book Ren and Marie. She approached Duval with the idea for a workshop to help aspiring writers in the community, and he agreed.
“My goal for the workshop is to give those with a desire to tell a story a little push of motivation to get them started,” Duval said.
Literary art is an underrepresented art form in the Fargo-Moorhead arts scene, as it is “more private and subdued given the conditions to create it,” Duval said. For this reason, literary workshops bring a measure of diversity to the community arts scene.
“Visual artists and musicians are going to be more visible and public because their craft demands display and performance, respectively,” said Duval. “Literary workshops can provide a measure of interactivity that we (writers) might otherwise go without, content as we are to sit in out holes hammering away on our keyboards. Workshops, book signings and the like can provide an important balance for a place like Fargo.”
The workshop is free, but participants will have the option to make a free will donation. The Prairie Den is located downtown at 122 ½ N Broadway.