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How Writers Read with Bestselling Author Laura Castoro

June 7, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 & July 12, 19, 6:30-8:30pm CST, Hybrid: Via Zoom or in person.
Instructor: Laura Castoro

Nonmember: $155; Member: $135; Student/Vet/Mil $75




Have you ever read a great book that grabs you from the first page and wondered, “How did the author do that?” Reading can be a writer’s greatest teacher when it comes to learning what works and doesn’t work on the page. 

In this 6-week workshop, with bestselling author Laura Castoro as our guide, we will use close reading to examine how the writing pros achieve enviable work. We will explore how to read more deeply so we can deconstruct how the author sets the mood, adheres to or manipulates conventions, and plays with boundaries. In each session, we will use excerpts from popular fiction books and short writing prompts to stimulate our imagination and inspire new written work.

This course is open to adult writers of all skill levels. 

In this course, students will:

  • Explore how to effectively set the mood of a story to draw the reader in
  • Identify how writers manipulate conventions and play with boundaries
  • Learn what is and is not important to the reader
  • Immediately apply concepts using short, generative writing prompts

Read Laura’s Writer’s Desk interview HERE.

Laura Castoro, a USA Today, Amazon top 100, and Apple Books bestseller, has published 47 novels with major publishing houses such as Dell Books, Berkley, Avon, Warner, MIRA, Harlequin, Kensington, Pocketbooks, St, Harper Collins, Martins Press, and William Morrow. She has also contributed to several fiction anthologies and has published non-fiction YA and short fiction in Good Housekeeping. Under the name Laura Parker, she writes historical and contemporary romance, westerns, and sagas. As Laura Castoro, she writes contemporary African American and contemporary women’s fiction. Writing as D. D. Ayres, she publishes a romantic suspense series called the K-9 Rescue Series. Her current release as Laura Castoro is Love On The Line (2021) through William Morrow.

Laura has won multiple national writing awards. In 2005 she was inducted into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame. She is a past president of Novelists, Inc. (2013), an international professional fiction writers’ organization. She is a past president and board member of the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, a writer residency program in the AR Ozarks. She is a speaker at numerous conferences and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Laura currently lives in San Antonio, TX.  Visit www.ddayres.com.

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June 7, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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