Helm to jump-start writers for the New Year

Widely published poet, short-story writer, and fantasy/science fiction novelist G. Lloyd Helm will talk to Ridge Writers sand members of the public about “The Process: How do I get the words on the paper?” Thursday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

For anyone who has ever asked, “Where do you start a story?,” “Do you need an outline?,” “How hard should I work?” and “Should I set a number of words per session?,” Helm has the answers.

He speaks from 40 years of experience, having published poetry in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, among them “The New York Poetry Anthology,” Stars and Stripes News, The Los Angeles Times, The Antelope Valley Press, “The Antelope Valley Anthologies,” and short stories and memoirs in both the U.S. and in England. He has also produced three novels in the F&SF field, “Other Doors,” “Design” and “World Without End.”

His most recent volume of short stories is “Train Wheels, Flying Saucers, and the Ghost of Tiburcio Vasquez.”

The presentation will include plenty of advice, insights and Q&A to help writers harness the full spectrum of their creative skills in 2017. A book signing follows.

Ridge Writers is the East Sierra Branch of the 107-year-old California Writers Club (calwriters.org). Monthly programs, held in Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, are on first Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m.

For further details, visit cwc-ridgewriters.com and facebook. com/RidgeWriters.

The public is invited, and admission is free.

Story First Published: 2016-12-23