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Author Catalina Claussen will present the third workshop in The Write Stuff writing series, a 2-hour talk

This workshop will be offered on Saturday, December 10, from 10 AM to Noon, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City, 3845 N Swan St, Silver City, NM.

Catalina Claussen will explore the art of characterization and the interplay of interior and exterior dialogue. The exercises are designed to illuminate the wonder of “writing what you know,” in both poetry and prose. She will share how these strategies have shaped her own writing and encourage you to draw these elements into your own work.  

Catalina Claussen is an award-winning young adult novelist and short story author from southwest New Mexico. She delights in exploring the deep connection between place and character. Her works include young adult novel Diamonds at Dusk, a finalist in the 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards and the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards in the United Kingdom, and the solo recipient of the 2018 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing in the category of YA romance. The sequel Diamonds was selected as a finalist in the YA category for the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards in the UK. Young adult novel Holding on to Hope and short story collection Being Home: A Southwestern Almanac were honored as finalists in the 2021 New Mexico/ Arizona Book Awards. 

Visit her on the web at where you can find archived recordings of the made-for-radio Being Home stories among other treasures.

The Write Stuff, a program presented by Southwest Word Fiesta and hosted by award-winning author and writing instructor Kris Neri, will share the techniques required for writers to elevate the professionalism of their works. This program will present a series of in-depth writing workshops throughout the year, offered by a some of the most accomplished local authors and instructors on a variety of writing challenges. 

All workshops will be free and open to the public. No reservations. Seating is limited. 

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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