There’s more than one way to tell a story. At the April 14 meeting of Willamette Writers’ Coast Chapter, John Dover, creator and writer of the “Johnny Scotch” series of books and short stories, will discuss how he fuses music, comic books and other media to reach a wide range of readers. The free workshop takes place at 2 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.
Dover has built his “jazz noir” world from the music he is immersed in on a daily basis and from his travels across the United States as a professional musician. He continues to build the “Johnny Scotch” library through short stories and his comic book collaboration with illustrator and storyboard artist Dan Schaefer. Dover’s musical world and his writing world also collide with the “Johnny Scotch Vignettes,” a series of musical pieces written by Thomas Barber that incorporate high energy fusion with the spoken word.
Since his release of the fourth and final installment in the Johnny Scotch comic book series and releasing his second Johnny Scotch novella, Dover has begun work on his first full-length novel, based on two short stories he wrote for "Tales from the Braided Pony." He also continues to perform and teach as a clinician for Bach trumpets.
Outside of the Johnny Scotch world, Dover has published short stories in the horror genre in "Tales from the Braided Pony," "Monsters 'N' Things," "100 Word Horrors," "Carnival Tales" and the upcoming "Tenebrous Tales." He has also been a regular contributor to Mythmachine.com as an entertainment writer.
Dover says, “Creating an interesting story is only part of the process. The larger job is finding your audience and delivering your vision to the broadest possible spectrum of readers. Sometimes that means reimagining what your story is.” In his multi-media presentation, he will show the various ways he approaches a story.
Willamette Writers is the largest writers' organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers' organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit willamettewriters.com/coast or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.
Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library for providing a monthly meeting space.