Random Writing Quote:

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.”

--Anne Lamott

Ara Grigorian

Speaker: Ara Grigorian

Date: November 19, 2016

"Story Beats"

Anyone can become a better storyteller. The best way to learn is from story masters. Dissecting and analyzing your favorite work (books, movies, etc) like a surgeon until you identify the inherent patterns that makes all stories flow. Story Beats are at the heart of every story. Story beats are the events, the decisions, or discoveries that alter the way our protagonist pursues her goal. Understanding the core beats that all great stories share, and learning to use them, makes us better story tellers, and our writing more impactful, poignant and memorable.

Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories. He is an alumnus of both the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Southern California Writers’ Conference (where he also serves as a workshop leader). Ara is an active member of the Romance Writers of America and its Los Angeles chapter.

Upcoming speaker for December 17, 2016:

Beth Yarnall

Speaker: Beth Yarnall

"Romantic Suspense"

Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person `died' in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it's little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school's newspaper. She hasn't stopped writing since.

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