Canceled: Writers series: ‘How objects tell a story’

Mindy Halleck will teach a writing workshop on “How Objects Tell a Story” on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

This workshop is useful for writers working in Novel, Short Story or Memoir.

What is Lord of the Rings without the ring? Cinderella without the glass slippers?



These iconic objects are shorthand for legendary stories that could not be told without them. Objects, sometimes called plot-devices, in fiction writing can be over done.

However a well-crafted plot device, or one that emerges naturally from the setting or characters of the story, can enrich the story and provide an added layer of reader satisfaction. Students will learn to create a narrative for an object that can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale. We’ll look at the when, where, and how objects intersect with plot, and how to create more depth in stories. There will be writing exercises, visual presentations, displays, Q & A, handouts, and powerful story discovery worksheets.

Mindy will do a reading from her novel, Return to Sender at the Cloud & Leaf Bookstore after class from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Mindy Halleck is an award-winning author, and instructor. Her novel Return to Sender – set in the Manzanita Oregon of the 1950s – was a featured debut novel in Kirkus Review Magazine in 2015, and also won a ‘Readers Favorite’ award.

Recently, Halleck won a Writer’s Digest fiction contest with her short story, “A Mother’s Confession,” which is published in the Nov./Dec. 2016 Writer’s Digest Magazine. Halleck blogs at Literary Liaisons and is an active member of the writing community. A one-time magazine columnist and travel writer, she is a happily married, globe-trotter currently working on her second novel, “Garden of Lies.”

Please visit the Hoffman Center website to register by Jan. 3, for this fast paced informative writer’s workshop.

Held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, the workshop is $50. Register and get more information at

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.)

Further information is available at

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