Monique Peterson

Show, Don’t Tell*

*Except, Tell Yourself!

Something I recognize in other writers is a propensity for self-flagellation. (Writing is, after all, such a solitary practice. If we don’t whip ourselves, who will?)

One writer recently confessed to me, “I hear this voice as I write saying, Show, don’t tell! Show, don’t tell! It seems all I’m doing is telling.”

“Fine,” I say. “Keep telling it to yourself so you can get it all down. Then walk away and visualize it as a picture you can show the reader.”

Telling is good because it is a note to the self. Showing is the picture we evoke from those notes.

photo by Bill Kaszubski
Bill Kaszubski 2019

The “how to show” may come later. But for now, welcome the telling as the acorn of the idea.

September Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Workshops

Cultivate Clarity

Saturdays, September 14, 21, 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
NEO Youth Center
139 Joerschke Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Tell Tailors is hosting a series of writing workshops to be held in Grass Valley, Calif. beginning in September 2019. In this first series learn a Revision process that gives your writing more focus, clarity, and grace.

Please RSVP by registering here to let us know we can expect you.

Writers Boot Camp

Monday, September 23–Wednesday, September 25
Incline Village, Nev. 89451

Three-day workshop for intermediate and advanced writers in Incline Village. For more information visit: www.writingforlifeworkshops.com.

Story

Nevada County Stories

Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Madelyn Helling Library
Gene Albaugh Community Room
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

A gathering of teachers, leaders, story facilitators, and community members seeking ways to promote and engage story in meaningful ways among members of our community. Together, we would like to create programs for our community and find ways to record and keep them.

Words

Word Jam

Sunday, September 8, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

10009 W River Street
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Open mic story performances. For more information, call 530-386-3901.

Sierra Writers-Open Read

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 pm
The Open Book
671 Maltman Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95678

Writers are welcome to bring their work for group discussion of craft, vision, and voice. 

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Write-ins: 5 & 19 September

Drop-in gatherings for no-excuse writing.

Join us for a 90-minute stretch of focused writing in the company of familiar faces and perhaps a nosh or beverage.

We’ll keep the first hour dedicated to pens on paper, so bring your notebook/laptop and whatever writing project is on your front burner. Not working on anything specific right now? No problem. We’ll have a few prompts and writing ideas to get you rolling on something new.

For those who wish to share your work or your writing process, let’s discuss! We’ll lift the silence for the last half hour.

Thursday, 5 September 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brew Bakers
209 W Main St., Grass Valley, Calif.

Thursday, 19 September 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Broad Street Bistro
426 Broad St., Nevada City, Calif.

August Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Story

Nevada County Stories Roundtable

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Madelyn Helling Library
Gene Albaugh Community Room
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

A gathering of teachers, leaders, story facilitators, and community members seeking ways to promote and engage story in meaningful ways among members of our community. Together, we would like to create programs for our community and find ways to record and keep them.

Please RSVP by registering here to let us know we can expect you.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

Write-ins: 25 July; 8 & 22 August

Drop-in gatherings for no-excuse writing.

Join us for a 90-minute stretch of focused writing in the company of familiar faces and perhaps a nosh or beverage.

We’ll keep the first hour dedicated to pens on paper, so bring your notebook/laptop and whatever writing project is on your front burner. Not working on anything specific right now? No problem. We’ll have a few prompts and writing ideas to get you rolling on something new.

For those who wish to share your work or your writing process, let’s discuss! We’ll lift the silence for the last half hour.

Thursday, 25 July 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Broad Street Bistro
426 Broad St., Nevada City, Calif.

Thursday, 8 August 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brew Bakers
209 W Main St., Grass Valley, Calif.

Thursday, 22 August 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Broad Street Bistro
426 Broad St., Nevada City, Calif.

July Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Words

Word Jam

Sunday, July 14, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

10009 W River Street
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Open mic story performances. For more information, call 530-386-3901.

Storytelling

Sierra Storytelling Festival

Friday, July 19–Sunday, July 21
North Columbia Schoolhouse Educational Center
17894 Tyler Foote Road
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Award-winning nationally recognized storytellers bring their best to this must-attend event for all storytellers and spoken word performers. Tickets available at sierrastorytellingfestival.org or by calling (530) 265-2826.

Short Stories

Tim O’Connor’s Readers Theater

Sunday, July 28, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Miner’s Foundry
325 Spring Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Story time for grown-ups featuring selected short stories from the 1930s read by local actors. $10

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

June Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Words

Tell Tailors Guild

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Madelyn Helling Library amphitheater
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Narrative games and a gathering of writers and storytellers — outside at the amphitheater at Madelyn Helling library.

Poetry

Word of Mouth

Sunday, June 2, 6:00–9:00 pm
The Stone House
107 Sacramento Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Poetry and spoken word open mic night.

Poetry Benefit Reading

Friday, June 21, 7:00–9:00 pm
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
410 S. Church St.
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Poetry Crashers: “It’s Our Fault”

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm
Truckee Philosophy
10412 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Nevada County Poet Laureate Chris Olander and The Poetry Crashers team up in Truckee for a tangled twist on traditional poetry.

Kate Haight’s Sketchy Ladies!

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm
Wild Eye Pub
535 Mill St.
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Wild Eye Pub’s monthly comedy night serves up sketches, improv, and stand-up. $12–$15.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

May Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Poetry

Word of Mouth

Sunday, May 5, 6:00–9:00 pm
The Stone House
107 Sacramento Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Poetry and spoken word open mic night.

It Started with the Wild Horses

Saturday, May 18, 4:00–5:30 pm
The Open Book
671 Maltman Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Join poet Ingrid Keriotis for a reading and book launch of her poetry.

Storywalk

Dreamers

Through Monday, May 6
Harmony Books
130 Main Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Read Yuyi Morales’ picture book Dreamers as you stroll through downtown Nevada City. Begin at Harmony Books and follow the cues to find where to read next.

Workshops

Drop-in Creative Writing

Wednesdays, 3:00–4:00 pm
ej gallery
408 Broad Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Local poet and literary editor Iven Lourie hosts creative writing sessions inspired by art.

Boot Camp for Writers

Sunday, May 5–Tuesday, May 8
Reiki Kitchen Event Center
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Join C. S. Lakin and Catharine Bramkamp for an intensive 3-day scene mastery writing workshop. $360.

Riding the Dragon

May 10–June 28
Fridays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Inner Path
200 Commercial Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Teens and adults are invited to dive into this 8-week poetry writing course designed to get the ink flowing, expand your skills, and deepen your appreciation. $360.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

April Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:

Nevada County Reads & Writes

Our Community Story

Monday, April 8, 5:00–6:30 pm
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Join local StoryCorps participants as they share their experiences recording interviews with people who changed their lives.

Poetry

Words

Friday, April 5, 6:00–9:00 pm
Osborn Woods Gallery
Miners Foundry
325 Spring Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Thirteen artists celebrate poetry month with live music, food, and wine bar.

Word of Mouth

Sunday, April 7, 6:00 pm
The Stone House
107 Sacramento Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Poetry and spoken word open mic night.

JournalWild

Thursday, April 11, 5:00–7:00 pm
Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Join poet Susan Wooldridge for a poetry writing workshop.

Youth Poetry

Saturday, April 13, 12:00–2:00 pm
BriarPatch Food Coop
290 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Community youth poetry reading and slam with KVMR.

Five Women Poets

Wednesday, April 17, 5:00–7:00 pm
Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Five poets celebrate their work.

Open Mic

Thursday, April 11, 5:00–7:00 pm
Word After Word Books
10118 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Celebrate with Sierra Poetry Festival participants with music, poetry, and prose. Local poet Karen Terrey hosts.

Poetry Crashers

Thursday, April 25, 7:00–9:00 pm
103 Argall Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Come listen to this eclectic group perform accessible poetry.

Intersections

Friday, April 26, 3:00–4:30 pm
Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Join four poets as they read celebrated works.

2019 Sierra Poetry Festival

Saturday, April 27, 6:30 pm
Sierra College, Grass Valley campus
250 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

The third annual Sierra Poetry Festival features local, national, and international poets and performers.

Creative Writing

Breath and Shadow Creative Writing

Saturday, April 20, 1:30–2:45 pm
Truckee Library
10031 Levon Avenue
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Free creative writing workshop for all ages.

Drop-in Creative Writing

Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
ej gallery
408 Broad Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Local poet and literary editor Iven Lourie hosts creative writing sessions inspired by art.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

March Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:

Creative Writing

Drop-in creative writing

Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
ej gallery
408 Broad Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Local poet and literary editor Iven Lourie hosts creative writing sessions inspired by art.

Local Author Readings

Read, Sign, Sell Author Event

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 pm
Open Book
671 Maltman Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95959

Six Sierra Writers read from their work for ten minutes.

Short Story Readings

Tim O’Connor’s Readers Theater presents the Best American Short Stories of 1920–1929

Sunday, March 31, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Miner’s Foundry
325 Spring Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Featuring authors Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Ring Lardner, and Sherwood Anderson. Read by local actors, directed by Gaylie Bell-Stewart. $10

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

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