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Announcing TLR Saturday Seminars: Pizza and Prose in the South Sound

Want to get your fiction out of the slush pile and in front of an editor? Not quite sure where you’re missing the mark in your stories? TLR’s Saturday Seminars may help you figure it out.

Fiction Editor Joe Ponepinto will lead a series of three, two-hour workshops on May 21,  June 4 and 11, from 11 am to 1 pm, with pizza included. The sessions are designed to present fictional concepts that are accessible to writers at all stages of their careers, but are more than basic fiction advice.

Joe has been offering feedback on fiction submissions for more than a year now, and his critiques have been helpful in getting writers published both in TLR and at other journals.

Seminars are $49 each, with a discount for all three for $125. They will be held in the United Way of Pierce County boardroom, on the 4th floor at 1501 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402. The office is located right off the 705 Freeway, and there’s plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. Sign up using the PayPal links below. You can use a credit or debit card on Paypal too, even if you don’t have a PayPal account.


May 21: The Hero’s Journey in Fiction: This session will explore how Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey illustrates character arc in many stories and movies, and can be used as yardstick by which to measure your character’s growth.

June 4: The Story is not in the News; it is in the Moment: Gordon Lish’s famous maxim is the starting point for this session on eliminating unnecessary and authorial background, and writing scenes that let your readers engage through the eyes of your characters.


June 11: Thinking in Irony: The greatest fiction illuminates the irony of a sophisticated life, the fact that a supposed truth and its opposite are often both valid. This session will examine fiction that deals with the gray areas, to show how it works by focusing on questions, rather than answers.


Get all 3 seminars for only $125.


Questions? Email Joe at publisher@tahomaliteraryreview.com.

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