A writers symposium sponsored by the Yadkin Arts Council and the North Carolina Writers Network on Saturday provided valuable lessons for residents of Yadkin County wishing to learn how to spin a yarn.
Three North Carolina writers brought their expertise in the fields of nonfiction, poetry and fiction.
Harmony resident Suzy Barile, author of Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle and a Yankee General, told the audience to use their old family photos, letters and family anecdotes passed down from former generations to write the history of their family.
Poet Alice Osborn, from Raleigh, told the group that if you really want to be a poet, you have to see things, show the reader the picture, the emotion, use descriptive words that give the reader color with sound.
If you have children in your life, you may want to take notes when they describe things as they see them, Osborn said. Try not to use the most obvious word for description, match emotions with images, images that will stick in the readers mind, images that will return even when they are not reading.
Osborn is the author of two collections of poetry, Unfinished Projects and Right Lane Ends.
Valerie Nieman, the author of three novels, Blood Clay, Survivors, and Neena Gathering, spent most of her career as a reporter before using her talents to bring fiction and poetry to life in the pages of her books.
Nieman spoke to the audience of plot design, story lines and how to get your novel from here to there.
The symposium is just one of the many types of classes the YCAC is bringing to the county.
For more information on future opportunities, visit the YCAC website at www.yadkinarts.org or call 336-679-2941.