Friday, November 18, 2016

Speaker: Mark Wiederanders

Mark Wiederanders - Website

Mark Wiederanders: Critically acclaimed historical novelist and screenwriter. Finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards and Finalist in the Academy of Motion Pictures screenplay competition.

Author Statement: "I write about the private lives and loves of famous authors of the past.  My favorites are those who did not claim to have figured out the world, but could laugh at it — and at themselves."

Conference Workshop: Finding Subjects to Write about that Up the Odds of Publication, Session 3, 2:30 - 3:30: 

Lunchtime Author Round table, 12:00 - 1:00

Closing Panel Discussion, 3:55 - 4:45

Workshop Description: Getting rejection slips is not fun.  With care, writers can choose the subject for a book, story or screenplay that they are passionate about AND that has a high chance of publication.

A proven technique is to search for powerful images – photographs, artwork, objects, even cartoons and doodles – that resonate on an emotional level with you, and then develop stories from them that will resonate with agents/editors/the reading public.  Several stages of “story-finding” will be described: noodling; focused searching; evaluating your find for resonance; drafting a brief story about the image or story you found; and testing your story with sample readers – prior to launching the full project.  Examples from successful writing projects will be given, and attendees will be encouraged to offer their own story ideas for discussion.

Mark Wiederanders’ novel, Stevenson’s Treasure (Fireship, 2014), was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.  His screenplay, “Taming Judith” reached the finals of the Academy of Motion Pictures’ competition and was optioned by a film company.  Mark has earned residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Martha’s Vineyard Writers’ Residency, and New York Mills Cultural Center.  Besides writing fiction, Mark is a psychologist (PhD, University of Colorado) who studied violence and mental illness for the State of California.  He is currently finishing a novel about Jack London.


amazon.com description:

In 1879 Robert Louis Stevenson embarked on one of the most romantic, ill-advised but wildly successful quests a literary figure has ever made. Young, unknown, and in failing health, he journeys six-thousand arduous miles to make Fanny Osbourne his wife, despite the fact that she is already married (unhappily), has children, and is ten years older than he. And yet, from their first meeting, he knew instantly she was the only woman for him.

Highlighted review:
on May 6, 2014
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

Review of Stevenson’s Treasure, by Mark Weiderhanders

Such a good read! Probably not be the most professional way to start the review of a new
book on the literary scene, but in this charming novel, we follow with growing pleasure
the unusual relation between a younger man and an older woman from different countries, backgrounds, educations and experience. Will the married lady win her freedom? Will the penniless, unsuccessful writer ever reach success and marry her?

There is a long journey on foot, alone across a hilly part of southern France with an uncooperative donkey. This gives Robert Louis Stevenson an opportunity to tell Modestine, the donkey, about his overprotected childhood, since he suffered from such ‘weak lungs’ –– good description of severe pleurisy–– so that he wasn’t expected to reach adulthood. Stevenson is kind, sensitive, intelligent (to write Dr Jekill and Mr. Hyde he had to be unusually bright!) and a fine observer who keeps writing essays and stories, in spite of the absence of his lack of publishers.

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