A Message from the President: January, 2015

It is a good month to be a writer.

Our January Program is a recording of a Webinar about Creating an Engaging Premise. Featuring Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story, The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence, it is a combination Power Point with Live Audio. Lisa Cron has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, as a producer on shows for Showtime and CourtTV, and as a story consultant for Warner Brothers and the William Morris Agency. Since 2006, she’s been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Her speaking engagements include being part of a student-run TEDx event affiliated with the Furman Creative Collaborative at Furman University (it is available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74uv0mJS0uM).

Previewing the Webinar (and maybe editing it for time; the entirety could be available in our members area of our Website), I have already changed my thinking. That is the purpose of TED and its independently run TEDx events—change thinking by exploring the convergence of Technology, Entertainment, and Design by spreading ideas in short, powerful talks 18 minutes or less. Since 2011, Redding has hosted six TEDx events with a variety of topics that initially were held at the Library and have grown in audience size to filling the Cascade Theater. See https://www.ted.com/tedx/events?autocomplete_filter=TEDxRedding for more information.

Hungry? For Global Access to TED/TEDx clips, you can find most on YouTube.

Meanwhile, keep your fingers on the keyboard…