OCEANSIDE — The fourth annual Write On, Oceanside! will offer two free writers’ workshops this year. The first, “Publish or Perish,” will run from 10 to 11 a.m. July 19 in the Community Rooms of Oceanside Public Library, 330 N Coast Highway. This workshop will answer many interesting questions. Does everyone really have a book “in them?” What does it take to write a book? What could be some unexpected challenges? Why self publish? What about an editor? E-book or print – pros and cons? The panel will be lead by local author, journalist, editor, and communications expert Tom Morrow.
The second scheduled workshop will be “Get Started on Your Screenplay” held 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the same location. Presented by Antonio F. Vianna, Carlsbad-based novelist of 21 published books and a screenwriter of eight screenplays, most adapted from his novels. The workshop addresses the importance of identifying a compelling story and character, the three-act screenplay structure, using the eight-sequence beat format, creating a log line, creating a synopsis and using Final Draft software. The presenter will summarize for attendees the most helpful pointers he has gathered over the years and provide handouts to everyone.
Both workshops, free to the public, will be presented in the Community Rooms in conjunction with the Write On, Oceanside! book fair, which is presented by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation with the Oceanside Public Library and Friends of the Library. The main course of the fair will be held 1 to 4 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, 330 N. Coast Highway.
At this free event, the public will have the opportunity to talk with their favorite authors, meet new, local authors, take pictures and get autographs, purchase books directly from the authors. A couple of writing and publishing workshops are in the program, as well as a special children’s reading & craft section. The fair showcases published, self-published and independent publisher works in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, comics/graphic novels, poetry, plays, science fiction/horror, biography/autobiography, gardening, cookbooks, animals, photography/art, mystery and spiritual. For more information, see ocaf.info