Friday, February 8th Charlie will Join Watt Key, Grayson Capps, George Fuller and several other authors for a full day of writing discussions and mini-workshops at Spanish Fort’s Middle School. Over 300 students will rotate though the several authors presentations in a round-robin carnival of writings and readings. It will absolutely be fun and with any luck at all, it should be educational and inspirational … at least for the authors.
This coming February 2019, Charlie will again be writer-in-residence at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts south of Mobile Alabama on the gulf. The Center’s Wolff cottage is a marvelous place to write (100 feet from a grand city library) and the people of Fairhope are open and interesting , talented and fun — an altogether amazing community that never fails to provide an educational and inspiring experience.
During past stays Charlie collaborated with local artist/painter Chris Knight in a “spontaneous inspiration” experiment that began after he and Chris were talking about the similarities of inspirational experience between artists, musicians, writers, scientists, engineers, probably everyone from time to time. As a result they decided to go outdoors to different locations and, once there, work simultaneously, Chris painting and Charlie writing, for an hour drawing from the randomly chosen setting for creative material. Afterward, they reviewed, rehashed their work — what caught their separate fancies — looking particularly for the similarities and differences in their processes.
Charlie is published by Farrar Strous and Giroux, New York. His six books are available in hardback and paper. During his last visit he completed his novel DEAD INVESTIGATION, a sequel to his first book, DEAD CONNECTION.
Wednesday, January 24th, Charlie spoke with Stephen Long, Host of McMinnville Community Television’s creative talk show THE WRITING LIFE. They discussed Charlie’s professional work and writing experience as well as his his study of inspiration. Here is a link to that broadcast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ4TbrTvyuA
A.C.T. Consulting’s Executive Coaches — Don Hardy-Holley, Dede Osborn, Linda Galindo, David Dorn — and I will be providing another LEAD training for Equity Residential Properties, helping participants work through several individualized instruments including the MBTI, The Firo-B, and two competence-measuring 360s. We’ll divide into teams for Emotional Intelligence education, instrument review, role-playing and team action exercises. Overall, I’m looking forward to another exhilarating experience with the forward-thinking EQR Leadership Training Team and the participants they’ve chosen. We all benefit from reinforcing skills as valuable in our own families as they are in our business careers.
Charlie will be visiting the Redding Writers’ Forum Saturday morning, April 8th, to deliver an hour’s workshop on the importance of first sentences and first pages in hooking an agent’s interest. He will also touch on developing an “ear,” character formation, dialogue, proportion, and the mindsets that can be useful for creation and revision. Participants will get an opportunity to practice their own style. The community is welcome.
Charlie had a great time reading and talking with the Redding Babes and Nobles Book Club Monday night. The members, kind and fun as usual, had a host of great questions. Always a pleasure.
Thursday October 22 Redding Shasta College Main Campus Room 806 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
BOOK RELEASE PARTY AND LITERARY MAGAZINE LAUNCH: Charlie will read excerpts from his new novel, DEAD INVESTIGATION, sequel to earlier novel DEAD CONNECTION. This event helps publicize the launch of Shasta College English Program’s new LITERARY JOURNAL. Joining him will be members of his local Writing Group: Kathryn Gesser, Robb Lightfoot, Melinda Kashuba, Jim Dowling,
Saturday, October 10th, Redding, Charlie will be speaking at the REDDING WRITERS FORUM, All Saints Episcopal Church, Memorial Hall, 2150 Benton Drive at 10:30 a.m. Topics: National Writer-in-Residence Program options, Writing Inspiration, and the experience of creating his first sequel, DEAD INVESTIGATION, a continuation of the DEAD CONNECTION story from 2006.
DUNSMUIR ART WALK: That same afternoon, 1to 5, Charlie will be joining his wife, artist Joan Pechanec, and musician George Rogers for an expressive arts celebration in the ex-Raven Cafe building next to the Ted Fay Fly Shop and across the street from the Dunsmuir Theater. At 3:00 p.m. Charlie will read a brief excerpt from his new book, DEAD INVESTIGATION.
Charlie’s psychotherapist/artist wife, Joan Pechanec, — http://joanpechanec.com/ — has a successful one-woman art show: Color Drenched: Mystery and Mood, at the Orland Art Gallery. The show, September 4th – 26th, features forty-five oil paintings, giclées, mixed media, and prints.
Hats off to her for this marvelous transition!