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How to Keep Readers Reading

How Writers Can Keep Their Readers Reading 

Finding an audience is a big challenge for writers. Keeping readers engaged and turning pages is another. Students will learn both in ‘Telling Your Own Story- Pandemic Edition: A Memoir Writing Virtual Workshop.’ Classes start August 30, 2020 and continue every Sunday through October 4, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The class will be taught by Ron Rozelle, an experienced educator and renowned author. According to Rozelle writing a good story is a learnable skill. 

Mechanics and Storytelling

The online workshop will emphasize the process of writing. Rozelle helps his students recognize important moments, frame their experiences and shape them into a compelling story. The Covid-19 pandemic is the shared experience each participant will use to begin writing their memoir. 

Write with the Reader in Mind 

Rozelle believes that shorter sentences and paragraphs keep readers involved. “Lengthy sentences, paragraphs without breaks and even long chapters are what can discourage a reader and cause them to put your work down,” Rozelle said. “Shorter is better, especially a short first paragraph. Shorter sentences and paragraphs are perceived as less laborious.” He went on, “don’t make reading your work seem like a chore.”

To register for ‘Telling Your Own Story – Pandemic Edition: A Memoir Writing Virtual Workshop’, visit https://bcfas.org/virtual-memoir-workshop/.

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