NVM / Narita Gonzalez Writers' Workshop

The Workshop at UC Santa Barbara, 2007
The workshops were envisioned as some kind of pilgrimage, having the workshops as it were, in the colleges where NVM taught - UCLA, UCSB, UW, CSUEB, during the course of his presence in America. UC Santa Barbara was the first university to receive NVM as a writer/teacher. It was in his recollections, the ideal place -- teach during the week, fish during the weekend. The workshop at Santa Barbara honors that memory. Peter Bacho took the group through its paces, a few of whom second timers from the first workshop. The motely group included school teachers and professionals, including a 12-year old who came with his mom. UC Santa Barbara proved to be an ideal workshop location - an unbeatable coastal vista and excellent campus dining.

A Young Boy's Perspective: Lawrence Ochoa
"The best lessons of the workshop was that although you should know that there are standards and expectations for writing fiction, however, there are no universal rules to follow. The expectations for most people (critics and fans alike) is about the character, the settings, and needless to say and the most important, the storyline itself. Another lesson is that aspiring writers should know what to look for when writing fiction if you want your book, story, etc to make sense, seem interesting to the reader and most of all, is to use your imagination to the fullest when trying to create the atmosphere for the above reasons. Overall, this workshop taught me methods to perfect my writing skills so I could be a better storyteller; and so I could take on more compelling and descriptive stories. Storytelling is not really one of my special skills now, but this workshop opened my eyes that the more I practice and learn from the masters, some day my future writings would open exciting opportunities for me." (7.16.07)
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