Christene Meyers

Christene Meyers

Award-winning reporter and arts writer Christene Meyers will conduct a writing workshop from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, in Grizzly Hall of the Cody library

The workshop is free and open to all writers or would-be writers.

Called “Broads, Booze and Buckaroos,” Meyers’ workshop will offer tips on imagining or re-imagining one’s history to produce lively writing.

The workshop is limited to 12-15 people to give time and attention to each participant’s efforts. Register for the workshop at the library or by calling 527-1880 during library hours to reserve a spot.

“What is necessary is to have the desire to write, and an idea,” says Meyers.

People may choose fiction, non-fiction or poetry for writing genres. Attendees should bring a list of characters – real or imagined – as well as a sampling of vintage photos from their family or friends, preferably at least three generations back. These will be used to inspire the day’s exercises.

The Cody workshop is one of five regional workshops Meyers has given.

She is on a national tour with her novel, “Lillian’s Last Dance,” recently out in paperback and available at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The book’s paperback publisher is WordsWorth of Cody. Meyers will have the book for signing at the workshop.

Her book was featured at the Billings Public Library as part of the “Big Read, Wednesday with Willa” activities sponsored by the Writer’s Voice of Billings. Her novel is set in 1907-1917 and features a love triangle among traveling actors during the transition of silent movies to “talkies.” It includes 24 colorful western supporting players and 20 cameos by actual personalities of the day, from Pablo Picasso to Buffalo Bill.

Meyers divides her time between Nye, Mont., and San Diego, Calif.

In addition to teaching writers’ workshops, Meyers writes travel and arts articles for newspapers and magazines. She also plays piano in nightclubs in Montana, California and Arizona.

There will be a lunch break for workshop participants, who may either bring a lunch or buy it in the library’s Biblio Bistro.

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