Workshop Spotlight: Turning an Idea into Pages, with Molly Magestro

April 26, 2017

Before attending Molly Magestro’s Turning an Idea Into Pages workshop on April 29, 1:30pm at the Brown county Library – Downtown Board Room, read a little bit about your workshop leader here!

Who is Molly Magestro? Molly Magestro has a Master’s Degree from Iowa State University, a PhD from UW-Milwaukee, and teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County. Her first published book, Assault on the Small Screen: Representations of Sexual Violence on Prime-Time Television, is no surprise since she grew up in a family of two police officers and spent quality time with her mother watching fictional crime shows.

What to Bring: Attendees, wish you had a cheat sheet to what makes a great short story? Bring your favorite writing instrument and any story ideas you have, because Molly Magestro will walk you through a list of important features like characters, settings, and plot to help you brainstorm and create the needed materials to create a short story. This is meant to give you the chance to release the story you’ve always wanted to tell, but may have struggled to pull together. If you have a story idea, bring it with you!

UntitledTown blogger Sara Stewart invited Molly to talk more about her creative process.

UntitledTown: Molly, how do you find inspiration?

MM: I tend to start a story with one small idea I steal from the world around me. “What would happen if ____?” sorts of things.

UT: Do you have a routine when it comes to writing, a special place or atmosphere?

 MM: I always have a notebook in my bag, but I tend to do almost all of my writing in the hour or so before I go to bed each night. I haven’t been doing a good job of it lately, but I try to write every day—500 words when I’m on top of my game. I find that this keeps my inspiration fresh, because I’ll stop right around word 500 even if I know what comes next. That makes it easiest to pick the thread of the story back up the next day!

Attend Molly Magestro’s Writing Workshop: Turning an Idea Into Pages on Saturday April 29, 1:30pm at the Brown County Library – Downtown Board Room.



Downtown Green Bay

April 28-30, 2017

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival will promote all aspects of book culture including movable wood type, the traditional book, graphic novels, and podcasting. Over the course of three days, festival attendees will be able to choose from a long list of readings, discussions, panels, workshops, and other events of interest to writers and to readers held at venues in Downtown Green Bay. The vast majority of these events will be free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a book expo showcasing local, regional, and national publishers and their books.

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