Ridge Writers to host Krefft on craft

Author Vanda Krefft will discuss “How to Craft a Cohesive, Compelling Narrative That Doesn’t Get Lost in the Telling” for the Ridge Writers’ Oct. 3 meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

The public is invited and admission is free.

Krefft wrote “The Man Who Made the Movies,” the biography of 20th Century Fox founder William Fox. She had to cover so much material that it threatened to fly out of control. “You’re passionate about the story and brimming with ideas,” she explained.

“That’s the problem. With Fox, I had the rags-to-riches rise of probably the most important of all US movie studio founders because of his many pivotal contributions, and a time span from the Gilded Age to mid-century America, the entertainment industry, political and judicial corruption, personal life, and the list goes on.

“But the pieces have to hold together and keep the reader asking, ‘What’s next?’” Harper Collins published her book in 2017 to considerable acclaim as an intriguing narrative as well as an important addition to cinema history.

When she visits Ridge Writers, Krefft will detail her strategy for maintaining focus, managing subplots and minor characters and deciding what to throw out.

Ridge Writers is the East Sierra Branch of the 110-year-old California Writers Club (calwriters.org), which traces its roots back to Jack London and friends in the Bay Area.

Story First Published: 2019-09-20