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Appalachian Graduate Leads Writing Workshop

092801nicholson_dl.jpgBOONE–Storytellers have had a common goal throughout history: Keep the audience interested. Author Scott Nicholson, a 1996 Appalachian State University graduate, will share some storytelling and story-building tips at a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 4. The workshop, “What Happens Next?,” addresses character development, plot complications, and reader involvement. It will be held in the third floor faculty lounge of Appalachian’s Sanford Hall at 4 p.m. For more information, call Susan Weinberg at 262-2871 or e-mail Nicholson at

The program is part of the university’s Visiting Writers Series.

While the workshop will be geared toward the speculative fiction genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery, the methods work for any form of writing or storytelling. The workshop will cover good opening paragraphs and how they must engage the reader as well as propel the story.

Participants also will receive a list of resources for free market information and Internet links, a report on the state of science fiction and fantasy markets, and the opportunity to e-mail Nicholson a few paragraphs for a personal critique.

Nicholson’s first novel “The Red Church” will be released in June 2002 as a mass market paperback. His story collection “Thank You For The Flowers” made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award.

Nicholson has sold more than 40 stories in seven different countries. In 1999 he won the grand prize in the international Writers of the Future contest. He operates which has news, writing articles and author interviews.

The Visiting Writers Series is made possible with funding and support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts; Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of University Advancement, University Bookstore, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Summer Reading Program, Office of Cultural Affairs, Office of Career Development, The Appalachian Journal, and The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant; and community sponsors The High Country Writers and Dr. Bruce Jackson.

Call Susan Weinberg at (828) 262-2871, Lynn Doyle at 262-2979, or Joseph Bathanti at 262-3098 for more information about readings, sponsorship, scholarship competitions, or attendance at additional sessions with the visiting writers.

For daytime guest parking for events before 5 p.m., call the traffic office at (828) 262-2878.