We all have a story we want to tell. The real challenge is how do we turn our personal drama into something that will captivate complete strangers, our readers? That our stories happen to be true is important, but what’s really important is that the stories be dramatic, taut, and compelling. That they have energy, light and depth. That happens not so much as a result of what we are writing about, as how. This workshop will use examples from both nonfiction and fiction to illustrate techniques—character development, dialogue, sentence structure, setting the scene, word choice, and the use of time—to help you make that happen. We will follow up each example with writing exercises. This workshop is for writers who are just beginning the journey of telling their story to those who have already begun.