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Kris Neri will present the next workshop in The Write Stuff writing series, a 2-hour talk: Capturing Great Descriptions: Make Your Setting and Character Description Sparkle. It will be offered on Saturday, September 16, from 10 am – noon, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City, 3845 N Swan St, Silver City, NM.

Award-winning author and writing instructor, Kris Neri, will present a program for writers of fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction. This workshop will address why including a strong sense of place and rich character descriptions will make your writings come to life and make readers bond with the material. She’ll also look at some of the mistakes she sees in the writings of newer writers. She’ll discuss how to make a static background into an active part of your narration, and how to inject all types of descriptions with perspective, mood, tone, and emotional color. Offered in the class will be two short writing exercises with feedback. Well crafted descriptions elevate the professionalism of your writing. Make yours sparkle!

Kris Neri teaches writing online for the prestigious Writers’ Program of the UCLA Extension School and other organizations. A Silver City resident, Kris writes the humorous Tracy Eaton mysteries, featuring the daughter of eccentric Hollywood stars, and the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Haggerty magical series, which features a questionable psychic who teams up with a modern goddess-FBI agent. A four-time New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner, her next magical novel Magical Mushrooms will debut in October. She is a member of the steering committee of the Southwest Word Fiesta. Read more about her writing at:

The Write Stuff, a program presented by Southwest Word Fiesta and hosted by award-winning author and writing instructor Kris Neri, shares the techniques required for writers to elevate the professionalism of their works. This program presents a series of in-depth writing workshops throughout the year, offered by some of the most accomplished local authors and instructors on a variety of writing challenges. Past presenters have included Elise Stuart, Catalina Claussen, Julia Fricke Robinson, and Heather D. Frankland.

All workshops are free and open to the public. No reservations. Seating is plentiful. Small donations are solicited to pay for the space, but no donations are required.

For more information, contact Kris Neri

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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Kris Neri

Kris Neri's latest novel is HOPSCOTCH LIFE, an accept-yourself-in-all-your-glory women's fiction-crime crossover, featuring quirky protagonist Plum Tardy. HOPSCOTCH LIFE is a recent New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner. Kris also writes the Tracy Eaton Mysteries, featuring the daughter of eccentric Hollywood stars: REVENGE OF THE GYPSY QUEEN, DEM BONES' REVENGE, REVENGE FOR OLD TIMES' SAKE and REVENGE ON ROUTE 66, as well as the Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mysteries, featuring a questionable psychic who teams up with a modern goddess/FBI agent: HIGH CRIMES ON THE MAGICAL PLANE and MAGICAL ALIENATION. Her other books include her standalone thrillers, NEVER SAY DIE, DEVIL'S GAMBIT - DEVIL'S DUE, TRUST NO ONE, and two short story collections, THE ROSE IN THE SNOW and MADCAP MAYHEM: THE TRACY EATON MYSTERY SHORT STORIES. Kris has also appeared in a DVD offering writing instruction: WRITING KILLER MYSTERIES WITH KRIS NERI, produced by T2G Productions in Valencia, CA. Her novels have been honored by such prestigious awards as the: Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Lefty, and New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her novels have been honored with three Lefty Award nominations for humor. Three of her novels have been finalists for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, and two of them have won it. Her most recent Tracy Eaton Mystery, REVENGE ON ROUTE 66, was a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist, and her most recent Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery, MAGICAL ALIENATION, won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Kris teaches writing online for the prestigious Writers' Program of the UCLA Extension School, and other organization. When she isn't writing, Kris loves reading, hiking, and cooking. She loves hearing from her readers through her website, She hails from Silver City, NM, where she lives with her husband and two pushy terriers.
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