Register now for “Back to Basics: Effective Storytelling” with Ron Rozelle

Join Ron Rozelle, award-winning author of 11 books of fiction and nonfiction, for Back to Basics: Effective Storytelling, a four-session storytelling workshop at The Center for the Arts & Sciences this fall! From sharing a memory with your family to writing a book, participants will learn to improve their storytelling skills.

 

The workshop will run from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM on Sundays for four weeks, starting September 10, and is open to all levels of writers ages 16 & up. Registration is $100 for Brazosport Fine Arts Council members and $125 for non-members.

 

What to expect:

  • The group will read, discuss and dissect the opening section of an iconic story, searching for metaphorical tools writers can use to effectively hook readers from page one.
  • Next, learn about the literary devices and manipulations that storytellers have employed since the first storyteller wove his first tale.
  • Finally, discuss story ideas and share original text with the group with time for peer review.

 

Sign up for Ron’s storytelling workshop ASAP!

“Opening Windows: Researching and Writing a Memoir” workshop slated for January

Join us for Opening Windows: Researching and Writing a Memoir, a five-week writing workshop starting in January! Published author and writing teacher Ron Rozelle will be leading the memoir workshop over the course of five consecutive Sunday afternoons, January 8 through February 5, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

The first and last sessions will take place in person at The Center (in the art studio) with the three middle sessions hosted over Zoom. Those who cannot attend in person will be able to take part in all sessions via Zoom if needed.

Tuition is $125 for adults and $100 for BFAC members, seniors 65+ and veterans. REGISTER NOW!

After participants get to know each other, the first session will include information and instruction about creative writing in general and the memoir genre specifically.

The focus will then turn to formulating your individual plan to write a memoir, including the following elements:

  • Necessary research;
  • Determining what to include and what to omit; and
  • How to tie episodes together with a unifying theme to create a clear and interesting narrative.

Participants will also spend time critiquing the writing of their peers and receiving feedback on their own.

Rozelle believes the workshop will be helpful for writers anywhere on the memoir-writing timeline.

“Whether you already have a good start on your memoir or are simply considering writing one…or anywhere in between…this workshop will be an informative and inspiring step in your journey,” he says. “Everybody has a story to tell. Whether you envision yours as a work to submit for publication or something you’ll publish for yourself and/or family, friends and descendants, your story is as valid as anyone’s.”

 

Ron’s first book, a memoir titled Into That Good Night, was a short list finalist for a National PEN Prize and was named the second-best work of nonfiction of the year by the San Antonio Express News. He has written 10 more published books of fiction and nonfiction, including Description & Setting: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Believable World of People, Places, and Events.

In 2007, he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters and in 2017, was named the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Secondary Educator of the Year, the highest honor bestowed by his alma mater’s College of Education. Ron is currently writing a memoir about his mother that will be a companion volume to Into That Good Night, so he will not only be the leader of this workshop, but also an active participant.

 

Wordsmithing 101 with Ron Rozelle kicks off May 15

Do you feel the need to tell your story? Do you want to make your writing clear and interesting? If so, Ron Rozelle’s Wordsmithing 101 is for you. Instruction is geared for beginner and experienced writers of fiction and non-fiction, ages 16 and up.

 

The Zoom workshop will meet Sunday afternoons from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM, starting May 15 through June 12.

 

Tuition:
  • Student price: $70
  • BFAC member price: $100
  • Non-member price: $125
Register for this workshop online or call The Center administrative office during normal business hours at (979) 265-7661.

Focused Peer Critiquing Workshop with Ron Rozelle starts February 13

Published author Ron Rozelle is offering a six-week workshop, “Several Heads are Better Than One: Focused Peer Critiquing of Creative Writing”, via Zoom this spring. The class will meet from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Sunday afternoons, February 13 through March 20.

In this interactive workshop, writers of all skill levels will receive critiques of their ideas and first draft manuscripts by Ron and the other members of the group. Writers will learn as much (or more) from critiques of others’ work as they will from assessments of their own.

Teachers looking for ways to improve students’ planning and writing will benefit greatly from this workshop as well. Educators from several school districts have taken Ron’s previous workshops and received in-service credit.

The number of pages presented by each participant will depend on the size of the group, but almost all the time will be spent critiquing. This allows participants to learn from the hits and misses in each other’s writing, including suggestions for different word choices and more effective ways to tell their unique stories.

Feel free to bring what you’re working on…fiction, nonfiction, memoir, verse or an idea you’re considering working into a story or book (no major profanity, politics or proselytizing please)…just show up to listen, learn and participate!

Space is limited to 20 students. Ages 18+ only.

Sundays, February 13, 20 & 27 and March 6, 13 & 20; 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Tuition fee:

BFAC Member – $100
Previous Ron Rozelle Workshop Attendee – $100
Non-BFAC Member – $125

REGISTER NOW!

Writers invited to learn how to tell their own stories

Published author & memoirist Ron Rozelle offers online writing workshop starting January 2

Local retired schoolteacher and 11-time published author Ron Rozelle believes so strongly in the power of memoirs that he is currently working on a book about how to write them titled Opening Windows. An educator to the core, Rozelle is also offering a six-week online workshop called “Memoir Writing 101” on Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM via Zoom, starting January 2 through February 6.

Rozelle’s personal experience of writing a memoir after his father’s death and subsequent emotional catharsis made him a steadfast believer in telling one’s own story.

“We need more memoirs, more personal narratives of pilgrimages through life’s unpredictable landscape of highs, lows and all the uneven territory in between,” he said. “True renderings of real lives, coming directly from the horses’ mouths as it were, are perhaps our most authentic written validation that we’re all – whoever we are, wherever we are and in whatever era or circumstances – on surprisingly similar journeys.”

Designed for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced writers, the workshop will include lessons on storytelling techniques and approaches, research, planning and writing. Tuition is $100 for Brazosport Fine Arts Council members and $125 for non-members. A special student rate of $60 is available for high school juniors & seniors and college students.

Rozelle said attendees can expect both practical instruction and time to write.

“We’ll first explore some of the techniques used when writing creatively,” he explained. “Next, we’ll determine what a memoir is and what it isn’t and help you determine which life episodes you will choose to include and the thread (or motif) that will tie them together. Then we will look at ways to do the necessary research and develop the individual plan that will ultimately lead to the actual writing. The final sessions will consist of group critiques of plans and partial writing.”

No matter the reason a person chooses to write a memoir…whether it proves therapeutic for the author, leaves a legacy for future generations or simply tells a great story…Rozelle is an advocate of the process.

“If someone is going to tell your story, make sure it is you holding the pen,” he said. “Everyone I know that has actually planned and completed a memoir has been glad they did it, be it a privately printed manuscript for a very limited distribution to family and friends or a professionally published book with a significantly larger net cast wide for a bigger audience.”

Ron Rozelle is the author of 11 books, including Into That Good Night, a memoir, The Windows of Heaven, a novel, Exiled: The Last Days of Sam Houston, a history narrativeand Description & Setting, a volume in Writer’s Digest’s ‘Write Great Fiction’ Series. His most recent book, Leaving the Country of Sin: A Novel, was published in June 2021 and he is currently working on a how-to book on memoir writing called Open Windows.

Memoirist finds peace in the writing process, shares expertise in upcoming workshop

After struggling to cope with his father’s death, Ron Rozelle found it cathartic to jot down childhood memories of growing up in a small East Texas town. Writing helped him grieve the heartbreaking decline and loss of his father to Alzheimer’s disease…when nothing else seemed to help.

Rozelle’s recollections both brought him comfort and eventually formed the backbone of his first published book, a memoir, Into That Good Night. The experience made him a steadfast believer in the power of memoirs.

“We need more memoirs, more personal narratives of pilgrimages through life’s unpredictable landscape of highs, lows and all the uneven territory in between,” he said. “True renderings of real lives, coming directly from the horses’ mouths as it were, are perhaps our most authentic written validation that we’re all – whoever we are, wherever we are and in whatever era or circumstances – on surprisingly similar journeys.”

A retired schoolteacher and published author with 11 books in print, Rozelle is offering his personal experiences, research and expertise to writers of all skill levels in his six-week online workshop, Telling Your Own Story.

The course will meet Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, starting July 18 through August 22 via Zoom. Tuition is $100 for Brazosport Fine Arts Council members and $125 for non-members.

Designed for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced writers, the workshop will include lessons on storytelling techniques and approaches, research, planning and writing.

Rozelle said attendees can expect both practical instruction and time to write.

“We’ll first explore some of the techniques used when writing creatively,” he explained. “Then we’ll determine what a memoir is and what it isn’t, help you determine which life episodes you will choose to include and the thread (or motif) that will tie them together, look at ways to do the necessary research and then develop the individual plan that will ultimately lead to the actual writing. The final sessions will consist of group critiques of plans and partial writing.”

No matter the reason a person chooses to write a memoir…whether it proves therapeutic for the author, leaves a legacy for future generations or simply tells a great story…Rozelle is an advocate of the process.

“Everyone I know that has actually planned and completed a memoir has been glad they did it, be it a privately printed manuscript for a very limited distribution to family and friends or a professionally published book with a significantly larger net cast wide for a bigger audience.”

Ron Rozelle is the author of 11 books, including Into That Good Night, a memoir, The Windows of Heaven, a novel, Exiled: The Last Days of Sam Houston, a history narrative, and Description & Setting, a volume in Writer’s Digest’s ‘Write Great Fiction’ Series. His most recent book, Leaving the Country of Sin: A Novel, was published in June 2021.