Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Nietzsche’s Will to Power

September 27th, 2019 at 7pm
Old Capitol Books

Ok, ok, so we’ve been getting together to read now for over four years and we’ve never read Nietzsche – and I’m not sure if that’s a GOOD thing or a BAD thing. But either way, we’re going for it! Anything is easy after Kant, right?!Continue reading “Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Nietzsche’s Will to Power”


A Fiction Writer’s Workshop – with award winning author Dietrich Kalteis

A Fiction Writer’s Workshop
with award winning author Dietrich Kalteis

Wednesday October 23 and Thursday, October 24
4:00 – 5:30 PM
559 Tyler Street, Monterey
Reserve a seat: 831 333-0383

A two-day workshop for anyone interested in writing fiction, touching on aspects of the craft that will help guide new writers on the path to becoming published.

Dietrich Kalteis is the award-winning author of Ride the Lightning (bronze medal, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for best
regional fiction), The Deadbeat Club, Triggerfish, House of Blazes (silver medal, 2017 IPPY, for best historical fiction), Zero Avenue,
Poughkeepsie Shuffle and his newly released Call Down the Thunder. He lives with his family on Canada’s west coast. Learn more about him and his writing at


• What you need to get started
• What makes a good writer? Is there a formula for a best seller?
• The inciting incident, a strong beginning
• Outline and structure
• Cinematic scenes, suspenseful narrative, sharp dialogue
• Voice, pace, flow, style
• Experiment with short stories or dive right into a novel
• Description – economy of words vs pace
• Build your characters
• Where’s it all going? Plotting and sub-plotting


• Research
• How many drafts?
• Editing and proofing – repetition, unnecessary description
• Killing your darlings and story flow
• Word Count – Quality vs quantity
• Wrapping it up, knowing when its time to write The End
• Beta readers, professional editors, copy editors – when to submit
• Where to submit – agent or no agent, getting it out there
• Self-publishing vs traditional publishing
• Conferences, writers’ festivals


Step Lightly: with author and pro-ballet dancer Kendall Klym

In his debut collection, STEP LIGHTLY, author Kendall Klym expands the definition of dance through the stories of characters who run the gamut from the ghost of a famous ballerina to a humble piano teacher tormented by honeybees. A former professional ballet dancer who has won numerous awards for his fiction writing, Klym skillfully uses words to illuminate dance as a form of communication and means of connection, reflected in the complex dynamics and continuous movements of work, relationships, and life.

Come join us at Old Capitol Books to hear about his experiences in the world of professional ballet!

Sunday 4 August 2019
Old Capitol Books, downtown MontereyContinue reading “Step Lightly: with author and pro-ballet dancer Kendall Klym”

Burn, a multimedia literary performance

Burn, a Dialogue with a Demon Priest, encapsulates the essence of Janice’s book, ‘Resurrections in the Dark’, and is a commemoration of its launch. Burn speaks to such topical issues as gender inequality, addiction, single parenthood, and domestic violence, beckoning themes such as forgiveness, self-discovery, healing, and connection.Continue reading “Burn, a multimedia literary performance”