Wednesday, Feb. 27, author and writing workshop expert Cherie Lee will speak to the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers at the regular 5:30-7:30 p.m. monthly meeting. The meeting will be held at Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cost is $22 for members, $25 for guests. Please R.S.V.P. to Patricia L. Brooks, president/founder, at email@example.com.
“Cherie Lee comes to Scottsdale Society of Women Writers highly recommended by the Arizona Authors Association,” said Brooks, “both as an accomplished author/member on their board and as a workshop presenter that will connect with the diverse group of women that attend our dinner meetings at SSWW.” Brooks looks forward to having Lee “share her expertise with us and give us new ideas to advance our own creative writing.”
At Wednesday’s meeting, Lee will conduct a mini workshop using an exercise to help those who would like to participate to come up with a character or story idea. “Every writing life starts with an idea or with a curious interest why something happened in your personal life or in history,” Lee says. “Mine come like weeds.” When an idea doesn’t work for her, she shares it on her blog for readers to use as an exercise or for their own stories. In addition to doing writing exercises, Lee also recommends entering contests, which she says “stretches writing abilities and ensures deadlines are met. I love doing them.”
Lee is the author of “The Stubborn Fairy,” a whimsical children’s book that takes a look at the fantasy world of a small boy who longs for three things: a dog, a swimming pool and an allowance. To obtain his wishes, he tries to capture the fairy with an attitude.
In addition, Lee has written “The Road To Imagination,” a book of fictional scenes known as teasers with questions that can be used as a creative writing exercise or a way to jumpstart a new story.
Lee holds an associate degree in journalism from Glendale Community College and has written non-fiction for the college newspaper and Sun Life Magazine. Writing her fictional stories takes her to interesting places, leaving little time for less interesting tasks, such as household chores or yard work. When not writing, she enjoys reading, hiking and photography.
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