I'll be teaching a full-day class for Loft Literary Center this spring about novel-writing--stay tuned for the catalog for registration information. In the meantime, here's a description of the course:
The Long Haul offers aspiring novelist strategies for completing a novel over the long-term. From deep character development and risk-taking structural approaches to integrating research, revision, and rejuvenating a stagnant plot, expect a wide-ranging discussion of the many aspects of novel writing, including:
*A reframing the discussion about novel writing from the NaNoWriMo/Book-in-a-Month model to one more akin to the longer-term approaches taken by novelists like Jane Austen, Colson Whitehead, Donna Tartt, and others, and why taking one's time can yield better results
* Deep character development via multiple drafts, multiple perspective exercises, and plot analysis
*Non-Boring Verisimilitude: Strategies for efficient research and integration techniques, including how to use research to advance plot, create believable characters, and add color--all without being a windbag.
*Self-Basting Plots: What to do when the plot has gone cold or when the narrative threads have either gotten frayed or hopelessly tangled.
*The Writer Who Thought Her Structure Was a Hat: A discussion of different structural approaches to the novel, including an exercise, as well as ideas for reimagining an established plot by changing its structure or perspective.
*Step Away: Revision and the crucial importance of time away from the page. We'll talk about strategies for revising as well as approaches to revision that have nothing to do with writing itself.
The course registration is not yet open but stay tuned to Loft Literary Center's website for details.
Join me as we talk about South Pole Station at my favorite Hennepin County Library branch, in downtown Hopkins, Minnesota. More information to follow.
Please join me at Book Ends, a monthly meet-the-author event in Wadena, Minnesota, on December 9th, 2017, where I'll discuss the writing of South Pole Station and talk books, Pole etiquette, and the horrors of the Moosewood Carrot-Mushroom Loaf.
Book Ends is a monthly program connecting writers with readers. On second Saturdays, Open Book bookstore invites an author to be interviewed, read a short portion of his/her book, answer questions from the floor, and autograph/sell books. The fun begins at the store at 11am on Saturday, December 9th!
As part of the community component on the Minnesota State Arts Board grant I received this year, I will be traveling to several cities outside the Twin Cities metro area to talk about publishing, writing, and the vagaries of the literary life (which makes it sound far more glamorous than it is). One of these events will take place at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts in Hutchinson, Minnesota. This event is free, so if you're in the area, or even anywhere close, consider joining us! More information on the seminar is below.
"Publishing Confidential: A Crash Course on Agents, Queries, Proposals, and the Changing Publishing Landscape."
How do you get a literary agent? What is a slush pile and how can you get out of it? What does it take to get a book deal?
The path to publication can seem mysterious and impenetrable to aspiring writers, especially in our quickly shifting publishing landscape. Novelist and former acquisitions editor Ashley Shelby offers local writers a two-hour seminar on the ins and outs of the publishing world. Writers of all interests and skill levels are invited to participate in this free event.
I could not be more excited to be heading to beautiful Madison in September. This event is limited to 40 attendees, and includes snacks and surprises. I will sign books at the end of the event. An open reception will follow the event.
There are two ticket options (ticket-only and ticket+book). You also have the option to purchase multiple tickets and multiple copies of the book. Your confirmation serves as your RSVP and your books will be available to pick up at the event.
More information: http://www.702wi.com/ashleyshelby.html
702WI 702 E. Johnson St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703
And here's a fun interview I did with 702WI.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Or, at least, for the former Stroh's Ice Cream Factory!
For the second Shady Ladies Experience, we are hosting author Ashley Shelby inside the former Stroh's Ice Cream Factory -- now Detroit Whiskey Factory -- for an evening of dinner, conversation, tours and whiskey tastings.
Shelby will discuss her debut novel, South Pole Station, which the Washington Post says "crackles with energy." You won't want to miss the Nailheads, Beakers and other memorable characters found at the bottom of the world.
We can't imagine a better setting to beat the heat and think about life on the ice!
Each ticket includes:
- Signed first edition of South Pole Station
- Dinner & dessert
- Tour of the Whiskey Factory
- Private whiskey tasting
- Sunset book reading
- Discussion with the author
- Good conversation with other Shady Ladies!
- Plus a few surprises up our sleeve. (A Shady Lady never tells all her secrets!)
(If you buy a companion ticket, it includes everything but the book.)
**Note: Dinner is BYOB. Please bring your own bottle of wine (or other beverage) for dinner. We'll have water and iced tea for those wanting something non-alcoholic.**
I will be appearing at Magers & Quinn Bookstore in Uptown Minneapolis in conversation with my father, investigative journalist and former television anchor Don Shelby. The hour-long event will include a brief reading from South Pole Station, the author in conversation with Don Shelby, a Q&A, and a signing.
LITERATURE LOVERS' NIGHT OUT
Hosted by Excelsior Bay Books
Excelsior Chamber of Commerce
37 Water St
Excelsior, MN 55331
This is a $10 ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Excelsior Bay Books at 952-401-0932. This event typically sells out. Authors appearing include:
Wade Rouse - THE HOPE CHEST
Marie Benedict - THE OTHER EINSTEIN
Eleanor Brown - THE LIGHT OF PARIS
And yours truly, Ashley Shelby - SOUTH POLE STATION
Please join Ashley Shelby at NE Minneapolis mainstay Honey to celebrate the publication of South Pole Station: A Novel. Drink tickets will be available for the first thirty guests, and cocktails and Ginger Hop fare will be available for purchase. Moon Palace Books will be on hand to sell books, and Ashley will be available to sign books. Special guest: John Jodizo, author of critically acclaimed short story collection Knockout.
If you'd like to RSVP (that always helps, but isn't required), you can find the event on Facebook here.