Join us before the general meetings to participate in a Writers Table. These are short (40 minutes or so) informational or practice session on the craft of writing. Hosted by Mt. Diablo members, these sessions cover many topics of interest to writers.
Sign-in begins at 11:00. Writers Table begins at 11:15. Drop in any time.
Researching History for All Writers & Genre
The right details can bring your writing to life, no matter the genre.
Led by John G. “Jack” Sharp
One of the greatest challenges for all writers—fiction, memoir, non-fiction–is to recognize that the past is not so much another place or time as another world.
How many times have you been reading an article or a book and wondered: “Did that really happen?” “What was it like living then?” “What did people look like?” “I wish I had more detail.”
Please join Jack Sharp as he shares a variety of sources to do the research that will give you the details that make your writing accurate, interesting and sparklingly fresh
Download this handout for the meeting: History for Writers
Jack is the author of three books and numerous articles on naval history, and African Americans and the City of Washington D.C., including the History of the Washington Navy Yard Civilian Workforce 1799 -1962,Washington Navy Yard, Naval History and Heritage Command 2004 https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/browse-by-topic/heritage/washington-navy-yard/pdfs/WNY_History.pdf. His work as editor and transcriber of the Diary of Michael Shiner, http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/shinerdiary.html published by the Naval History and Heritage Command in 2015 and featured on such sites as the Library of Congress’s “The Civil War in America” http://loc.gov/exhibits/civil-war-in-america/biographies/michael-shiner.html, and the National Parks Service’s “Networks to Freedom” https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/discover_history/documents.htm
Upcoming Writer Tables
March 10 – No writer table due to workshop
April 14 – TBD
May 12 – No writer table due to Young Writers banquet
Making a Book Trailer
Led by Judith Ingram
Have an idea for a topic you’d like to see? Can you lead a session to share your own tips and knowledge? Let us know!