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Next NOIR Writing Workshop - Saturday January 21st 2012

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My next writing workshop at the Central Sierra Arts Council is on Saturday January 21st 2012 from 1:30-3:30pm (to allow for an extra 30 minutes if we run over, before the Arts Council officially closes at 4pm).

It is themed around
NOIR in books and movies, and will explore how the extreme emotions, motivations, characters and plots of noir are worth examining, no matter what you are writing.  

It will include brief clips from classic and more recent noir movies, including The Maltese Falcon, Blade Runner and the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple, as well as passages from noir novels, including The Maltese Falcon and The Postman Always Rings Twice, as well as more recent noir novels.  

We will also examine the arson-induced fires of the past two weeks in West Hollywood and Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles - the circumstances of which have been compared to real-life LA noir.

Admission for the workshop will be $25 - and $15 for students.

There will be a lunch beforehand, probably at Emberz (very close to the Arts Council).  The time of the lunch will be
11:30am-1:30pm - unless you all feel that is too early, in which case we will have a shortened lunch from 12pm-1:30pm.

Blood Simple DVD from Amazon.
I will confirm the details by the middle of this week.  As always, details will be posted and updated on this blog.

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I very much hope you will all join me for the next workshop.  I greatly enjoyed yesterday's Real World Writing Workshop, and I think the Noir Workshop will be even more fun.

Also, I will be emailing you a link through tomorrow to the first of the online documents and resources that you can download as part of these workshops.

Warmest wishes,


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