Better Than Fiction: Bringing Fictional Writing Techniques to your Memoir with Marj Charlier
3-Day Workshop: Saturdays - November 30, December 7 and December 14
2p.m. to 4p.m. Third Floor Lecture Hall
$70 Members, $75 Non-Members
The best memoirs are written like good novels—with the same literary tools that make great romances and mysteries come alive. This three-day workshop will help jump-start writers who want to turn their memories into compelling stories, with the same dialogue, description, pacing and narration that make fictional protagonists jump off the page.
Writing fiction is a third career for Marj Charlier. She started her career as a journalist, including 12 years as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and worked for more than a decade in corporate finance. Her eleventh novel, “The Rebel Nun,” will be published by Blackstone Publishing in spring 2021. Today, she also publishes books for other people under the indie imprint, Sunacumen Press.
Marj Charlier has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State, a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from Regis University in Denver. She is on the board of the Diamond Valley Writers Guild, and the publications board at Inlandia Institute. Marj teaches between 15 and 20 publishing workshops and memoir and fiction workshops a year at public libraries in Riverside, Hemet, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, CA; Iowa.
When & Where
Masters and the Mouse Concert description
“Masters and the Mouse”, a presentation of A Cabbello, Palm Springs premier Male Vocal Band promises to be another production filled will an eclectic mix of vocal music, both a cappella and accompanied.
The Masters part of the show features 4 Italian Composers, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Monti. Some of the Numbers you will enjoy are “Nessun Dorma”, Va pensiero, vocal arrangements based on “The Barber of Seville Overture” and “The William Tell Overture”.
The Mouse part of the program will be a delicious blend of Disney favorites from “When You Wish upon a Star”, music from Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and more, of course.
Our special guest artist for the show is virtuoso violinist, Matthew Olshefski, known as “The Shirtless Violinist”. He will be featured throughout the concert on classical numbers as well as Disney tunes.
January 18, 2020 8:00 p.m.
Erich Bergen is best known as Blake Moran on the hit CBS television drama, Madam Secretary. He also starred in the Clint Eastwood-directed film, Jersey Boys, reprising his critically acclaimed performance as Bob Gaudio from the original San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas productions. Erich also recently made his Broadway debut starring in Waitress The Musical. As a singer/songwriter, Erich has released two albums and various singles, available on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music and all other major digital music outlets. Follow Erich on Instagram/Twitter: @erichbergen
February 15, 2020 8:00 p.m.
Tony Award winner for lead actress in a musical for playing the part of The Leading Player in "Pippin"
Tony nominee for lead actress in a musical for playing Deloris Van Cartier in "Sister Act"
Other Broadway credits include roles in "Hair", "Putting It Together" and "Lost in the Stars"
Patina is currently a regular on the television show, "Madam Secretary" (Daisy) opposite Tea Leoni et. al.
Other television recurring roles have been in "All My Children", "Word Party", and "Mercy Street"
March 14, 2020 8:00 p.m.
Tony nominee for lead actor in a musical for Disney's "Newsies" (Jack Kelly)
Other starring roles on Broadway have been in the musicals: "Bonnie and Clyde", "Waitress", "Finding Neverland", and "West Side Story"
Television roles as a regular / recurring lead have been in "Smash" (Jimmy Collins) and "Supergirl"
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"Losing My Mind" ("Follies")
"Don't Rain On My Parade" ("F. Girl")
"It's All Coming Back To Me Now"
"They Just Keep Moving The Line"
Enjoy the show while honoring Tim Jochen, M.D. and Lee Erwin, this year’s recipients of the JFS Humanitarian Award!
These extraordinary men have generously contributed to our community as both philanthropists and business visionaries. Since 2001, Contour Dermatology has been a vital part of the Coachella Valley. Lee Erwin currently serves as the Secretary of the JFS Board of Directors.
April 11, 2020 8:00 p.m.
Tony Award nominee for the play "Noises Off" (Brooke Ashton)
Other Broadway starring roles have been in "9 to 5 : The Musical", "Wicked", and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
Megan's television breakout role came in the popular show "Smash" where she played Ivy Lynn, a girl vying for the Marilyn Monroe role in a new musical to be titled "Bombshell".
Other recurring TV roles were in "Sean Saves The World", "The Good Wife", and "Brain Dead".
Megan has been nominated for a Grammy Award for the song "They Just Keep Moving The Line".
"They Just Keep Moving The Line"
"2nd Hand White Baby Grand" ("Smash")
"Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend."
“Motown Magic”, a presentation of A Cabbello, Palm Springs premier Male Vocal Band promises to be another production filled the excitement, soul and love that the great Motown tunes brought to our country and beyond.
The singers will perform a cappella as well as accompanied standards by The Supremes, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, The Marvelettes, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas and lots more. You may even want to sing-a-long on some tunes such as “Baby Love”, “Stop in the Name of love”, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “Dancing In the Street”, and many more.
This show promises to be high energy from beginning to end.