Tom Maltman 12:30 – 1:30
Great writers see stories before they even pick up a pen. Charles Dickens claimed he simply “saw” his stories unreeling in his mind and set them down on the page. Tennessee Williams said “A Streetcar Named Desire” came to him first as an image—he “saw” the ravaged face of a woman staring out a window, and knew that she’d just been stood up by the man she loved. This creative visualization exercise teaches the visioning process necessary for storytelling. Using old-fashioned crayons, paper, and a spirit of fun and exploration, learn how writers see stories before they begin–and also about characterization–and yourself.
Thomas Maltman’s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His first novel, The Night Birds, won several national awards, including an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.” www.thomasmaltman.com