This afternoon I hosted a short fiction workshop, sponsored by the Clackamas CC Writers Club in Oregon City. I lectured on repurposing Craigslist ads for both setting and character, and we discussed the potential stories we might make from this listing from the Buffalo, NY “housing wanted” section:
THIS IS A REAL NICE 1995 MOBILE HOME ALL REMODELED, MAINTANCE FREE WITH 3 ACRES. NEW BARN GOING UP AS MY LISTING GOES ON. THIS IS ALL STRAIGHT AND DRY PROPERTY WITH THE USE OF ANOTHER 4 ACRES. WOULD LIKE TO SWAP FOR A HOUSE OR FARM SOUTH OF BUFFALO. PROPERTY IS VALUED AT ABOUT 135,000. OPEN TO ANY SWAPS EVEN BUSINESSES WITH HOUSING. CALL 727-505-3882 ASK FOR MIKE OR SEND ME A EMAIL THANKS FOR LOOKING
Here is the audio recording from the session, as well as a handout articulating a five-step approach to building a story using Craigslist. I had a great time; much thanks to the Writers Club for inviting me.