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Local author shares her writing strategy

August 20, 2015 9:09 P.M.
Elma Schemenauer, author of Consider the Sunflowers.

Kamloops author Elma Schemenauer will present a seven-step strategy for story-writing Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Kamloops Library. This free event is intended for anyone writing or thinking about writing a story.

Schemenauer is the author of several books, most recently the 1940s-era Mennonite novel Consider the Sunflowers, set in Vancouver and her native Saskatchewan. 

She has spoken to groups including the Federation of B.C. Writers, Interior Authors Group, Canadian Authors Association, and Dr. George Johnson's novel-writing class at TRU. She has also addressed writers' conferences in Saskatoon and Toronto, and spoken to Mennonite organizations in Toronto and Winnipeg.

Schemenauer said the steps in the strategy are:

1. Consider your reasons for writing.

2. Profile your characters.

3. Make time-management decisions for your story.

4. Plan for conflict and suspense.

5. Write scenes your readers can see.

6. Glue your scenes together with transitions, narrative summaries, and internal reflections.

7. Make your title a lure, not just a label.

The event is free but sign-up is recommended. Contact the librarian at 250.372.5145 to reserve a spot.

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