writing workshop updated: limited to 24 participants

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We are hosting a writing workshop in Lunenburg that would be of interest to all Novelists, Screenwriters, Playwrights, Memoirist, and aspiring writers. We are privileged on the South Shore to have an Emmy-nominated writer and former UCLA instructor available to us locally.

Emmy-nominated writer offers 2-day workshop in Lunenburg, NS

Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost $195

Registration Form Here (Limited to 24 participants)

Workshop Includes: how to choose an idea, three-act structure, scene cards, storyboards, set ups, payoffs, subplots, character development, research, format, dialogue, hiding exposition, buttoning scenes, how to write great openings, great endings, big moments. How to make ‘em laugh and cry. Pitching, query letter, breaking in.  
Writers welcome at every level of experience from novice to pro.

Cynthia Whitcomb has sold more than 70 feature-length screenplays, 30 of which have been filmed, most for prime time television. Her scripts have been nominated for many awards, including the Emmy, Writers Guild of America, Cable Ace, and the Edgar.  She has taught screenwriting for many years, including seven at the acclaimed UCLA Film School.  Many of her students have gone on to great success in Hollywood and made millions of dollars. She has created roles for Jason Robards, Kevin Spacey, Gena Rowlands, Anjelica Huston, Ellen Burstyn, Melanie Griffith, Gabriel Byrne, Sam Elliott, Martin Sheen, Brendan Fraser and many other renowned actors.

Whitcomb has recently returned to her first love, writing for the theatre.  Her play Holidazed, co-authored with Marc Acito, completed a sold out, critically acclaimed six week run at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon in 2008 and was revived for another run in 2009.  The Wilde Boy was at Fertile Ground new play festival in 2010.  Lear’s Follies was produced July/August 2012 for the Portland Shakespeare Project. 
She has also written and sold two nonfiction writing books.  Her sister Laura is a successful YA novelist and has also sold two books on novel writing.

Cynthia also takes a group of writers every spring on a Trans-Atlantic cruise.  This April we’ll go to Ireland, France and England.  For more info: cwhitcomb1@aol.com

You will leave inspired and equipped.

DETAILS:
Date:  Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30
Cost $195
Location: Lunenburg Arms Conference Room, 94 Pelham St, Lunenburg. www.eden.travel
Parking: across the street
Accommodations: Lunenburg Arms is offering participants a 10% discount on rooms. Call 800-679-4950.
 

What to bring: notebook, pen, and/or computer for taking notes. Lunch or purchase lunch nearby.
General Lunenburg Infohttp://www.lunenburgns.com OR http://www.explorelunenburg.ca

TO REGISTER: Please print the registration form, complete, and mail with check for $195 made payable to Cynthia Whitcomb to Box 404, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0. Checks will not be cashed until after the workshop. The check will reserve your seat. Note: we will return your check if you pay with cash at the door.

What to Expect: Cynthia is the writer Pamela and I take the Writing Cruise with each year and after hearing Robert McKee, John Truby, Jeff Kennedy, Syd Field, Robert Olen Butler, Scott Morris, Wendall Thomas, William Goldman, Hallie Ephron, Larry Brooks, Eric Witchey, Aaron Sorkin, Karl Iglesias, Victoria Wisdom, Bill Marsilli, Terry Rossio, Shane Black, Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Arndt, and many more, Cynthia is our favourite at teaching all the writing tools. 

Please forward this email to anyone you think may be interested or who is a member of a writing group.

Thank you for spreading the word. 

REMEMBER TO REGISTER: please print the registration form, complete, and mail with check for $195 made payable to Cynthia Whitcomb to Box 404, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0.

Space is limited, please register quickly.

Tall Ships in Lunenburg

The tall ships arrived early yesterday to avoid the storm that blew through. Today was a beautiful day and the wharf quickly filled with locals and visitors wanting to see the great ships up close. They are here today and tomorrow before heading further south. Thank you for visiting.

Preparing for Folk Harbour Festival

After a few days of getting things done locally, like vehicle inspections, doctor's visits, and moving a few more books into storage, we settle it to get prepared for the first day of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. First thing was to hit the Farmers market early to get fresh crapes to sustain us through out the day. We then stocked up on last minute food items.

Too many choices at the recycling area.

Then Jim and Nancy Smith arrived from Halifax and the music stated again.

Finally before heading to the big tent for the evening entertainment we had a great meal of fresh scollops (Debbie stood in line at the fish store with the local earlier in the morning) and pasta with salad.

We are suffering through as best we can. -L

Happy Birthday Pamela

Monday, August 2, 2010 - Lunenburg, NS

We celebrated Pamela's birthday with an all day party at the buses. We invited all our friends to come for noon to whenever and they did. John Carroll from Kingsburg was the first to arrive at the decorated buses.

Music was needed and Nik came and played with Jay and Eric.

Friends came and went throughout the day and into the evening.

WE enjoyed good music, good conversations, drinks, snacks, and cake. Debbie and Pamela gave tours of the buses and the party ended just before midnight. Happy Birthday Pamela. -L

The Ovens

Friday, July 30, 2010 - Tour Nova Scotia

A vist to the sea caves, called the Ovens, owned by the Tom Chapin's family (the brother of Harry Chapin) started our morning.

We had lunch along the trail over looking the caves.

We then drove to Hirtle's Beach in Kingsburg. Visited with a old friend and walked along the beach. The overcast skies and cold sea breeze shortened our stay, though many hearty tourist were happy to don bathing suits and brave the water. Drove back to Lunenburg to the Dory Shop were David Westergard is building two new schooners.

When we were hear in November 2009 when David was first laying our the keel, see earlier post. -L

Ironworks Distillery

Tour of Nova Scotia - July 29, 2010 - Lunenburg, NS

Our friend Deb Beers introduced us last November to Pierre Guevremont and Lynne MacKay who had just purchased the old Lunenburg Ironworks building on the corner of Kempt and Montague streets and were in the process of turning this historic building into a distillery. We were priviledged to a private tour of the distillery in the works. They were worried that the building inspector would not let them keep the original rough worn floors. But when we visited today six weeks after their grand opening. The Ironworks Distillery greets you with a large German still in the back corner.

The old forge and wooden floors add to the atmosphere.

When you come to Lunenburg stop by the Distillery for a tasting. We left with bottles of Apple Vodka and Cranberry Liqueur. -l

Arrival in Lunenburg

Arrived in Lunenburg and Cheryl Corkum from the Visitor's Center was helpful in getting us sites together (13 & 14) in the corner overlooking the back harbour. We went to Salt Shaker for lunch and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine over looking the harbour.

After touring around town, we drove out to Blue Rocks to enjoy the sun setting over the fish shacks.

Later we dropped by the Ice House to listen to Paul, Eilidh, and Anne play Celtic music on guitar and fiddles. Jay had to eat slow since he was only allowed to stay as long as he was eating, because he was underage.

We look forward to seeing Paul and Eilidh playing again next week as a part of the Folk Harbour Music Festival. -L

Leaving Lunenburg Today

800x600-zendog_500x375.shkl Last night Pamela and I were invited to the Men's Wine Night at Nik Mills' home. After two weeks of visiting with family and friends, this evening was a wonderful send off. We have enjoyed numerous meals and visits with our friends from Heckman's Island, Mahone Bay, Kingsburg, and locally around the town of Lunenburg. Pamela found two boat builders who were gracious enough to share their love and knowledge of boat building to assist us in our screenplays. We have risen each morning to view the harbor from our bedroom window at Lunenburg Arms Hotel. The fleet is in and we Met Tom Gallant doing the last minute outfitting of Avenger, his lovely schooner, waiting for a weather window to head south for the winter. We warmed ourselves with great coffee, soup and biscuits from our favorite cafe, The Biscuit Eater in Mahone Bay. I practiced Aikido with Sensei Jamie Constable and old mat buddies at the dojo in Lunenburg. After everything our visit was too short and we look forward to our return the last week of July to park the bus on the hill and prepare for the Folk Harbour Music Festival. Tonight we look forward to diner with Jim and Nancy at Opa in Halifax and then an early flight to Dallas to pick up the bus and start heading to Florida, by way of Natchez, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. A visit with my family over the holidays in south Georgia then Florida. Thank you everyone for a great time together. If we missed connecting with you, we hope to see you on our return. -L

Leaving Lunenburg Today

800x600-zendog_500x375.shkl Last night Pamela and I were invited to the Men's Wine Night at Nik Mills' home. After two weeks of visiting with family and friends, this evening was a wonderful send off. We have enjoyed numerous meals and visits with our friends from Heckman's Island, Mahone Bay, Kingsburg, and locally around the town of Lunenburg. Pamela found two boat builders who were gracious enough to share their love and knowledge of boat building to assist us in our screenplays. We have risen each morning to view the harbor from our bedroom window at Lunenburg Arms Hotel. The fleet is in and we Met Tom Gallant doing the last minute outfitting of Avenger, his lovely schooner, waiting for a weather window to head south for the winter. We warmed ourselves with great coffee, soup and biscuits from our favorite cafe, The Biscuit Eater in Mahone Bay. I practiced Aikido with Sensei Jamie Constable and old mat buddies at the dojo in Lunenburg. After everything our visit was too short and we look forward to our return the last week of July to park the bus on the hill and prepare for the Folk Harbour Music Festival. Tonight we look forward to diner with Jim and Nancy at Opa in Halifax and then an early flight to Dallas to pick up the bus and start heading to Florida, by way of Natchez, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. A visit with my family over the holidays in south Georgia then Florida. Thank you everyone for a great time together. If we missed connecting with you, we hope to see you on our return. -L