Upcoming 2014 Online Workshops
Writing a book is not as easy as just saying that is what you want to do but given some thought and a little bit of time, you can begin to write a book, and lots more after that first one. This class can help beginning writers and even intermediate writers move from their initial story idea to developing characters, setting and plot and then learn what it takes to begin writing their book. Among the topics we will cover in class:
Turning Ideas into Storylines
After coming up with story possibilities, we’ll start to learn how to take those vague ideas and turn them into actual stories by providing characters, setting and the beginnings of a plot. For those who want to come up with stories, we’ll look at some simple ways to gather story ideas.
Developing Your Setting
No book goes anywhere without great characters. This class provides a look at why they are so important and then takes steps to help writers develop their characters beyond cartoon figures into realistic people that will come alive on the page.
The Plotting Process
Ideas are great, but they need to go beyond a story line that is out there in the ether. Writers will learn how to take their story line and begin to develop it into a cohesive plot that moves along in a logical fashion with plenty of action and internal reaction
Turning plot points into Scenes
Once a writer has developed a plot, there comes the hard part – bringing that scene to life. We’ll look at how to put those plot lines and characters onto the written page so you can begin telling your story. We’ll cover writing scenes, hooks and dialogue as we begin the writing process.
By the end of the month, the writer should have an idea of how to plan their stories for the future, from that beginning idea to actually fashioning scenes.
Creating Diversity in Writing
Presented by Barbara Bins
Dates: Aug 4-29, 2014
Week 1 –
What is diversity/multiculturalism? (It may not be what you think)
Why is it important to writers/readers
Write what you know, and what you don’t know, learn
Week 2 –
Taking ourselves out of the story, putting the character in
Introducing your characters and settings to your readers. Sometimes the hardest work happens at the start.
Week 3 –
Backstory – Getting to the heart and soul of a character
Avoiding clichés and stereotypes
Week 4 –
Final touches & Resources
Keeping it together, revision and editing and keeping things real
Are you just about ready to send out that manuscript to an editor or agent? This course will cover a basic checklist for getting your manuscript in tip-top shape. I’ll cover some of the biggest problems found in manuscripts, everything from head-hopping to flat sounding dialogue. How to look at your work with a new set of eyes. The workshop will also touch upon getting a synopsis and cover letter together.
This two-week workshop begins with an overview of why you would want to create and teach an online workshop, and covers these topics:
1. Developing a workshop topic
2. Identifying your audience
3. Designing a lesson plan
4. Interacting with your students
5. Designing exercises for your students
6. Your workshop proposal
7. Technical aspects of online teaching (e.g. Yahoogroups, forums)
At the end of this workshop you will have a basic outline of your course and the first draft of a proposal ready to polish and send out to workshop coordinators.
Joseph Campbell gave us The Hero’s Journey, chronicling the essence of story for human consumption. Christopher Volger gave us The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers.
The common theme in developing great fiction is myth. Over the eons, humans have learned how to tell a story to its best effect.
Myths worldwide have the same underpinnings, they reveal a universal motif of adventure and transformation. Mythology is mankind’s way of interpreting their world, from the unexplained to the unimaginable, from stories around a campfire to stories on the silver screen.
In this class, we will look at that common theme, the myth and the mythic structure, to learn how to make our stories resonate with our readers. We will study both common myths and our own myth that we are writing.
Myths worldwide have the same underpinnings, they reveal a universal motif of adventure and transformation. In this class, we will look at the common theme, the myth and the mythic structure, to learn how to make our stories resonate with our readers. We will study both common myths and our own myth that we are writing.
This workshop is for authors particularly in the romance genre who dabble BDSM in any form, be it writing spanking stories, light bondage, or like myself, heavier darker things.
Many folks think that once a book is written the author’s job is done. Not so. As any seasoned author knows, once we finish writing, we have edits, cover art choices, more edits, and of course the hype. Marketing, promotions. PR Hell as it is known in some circles. That’s the toughest part of any author’s job IMO and will make or break any author dumb enough to rely solely on the publisher. Our job as authors is a business and needs to be treated like such, even if we DO get to have a little more fun than any corporate schmo.
So, in order of author responsibilities:
Establish the Brand (I’m Sascha Illyvich, paranormal erotica/BDSM romance author)
1. Maintain the Brand (Primarily through PR, I write about wolves, fae, vampires, but you’ll never see me write a western!)
2. Grow the Brand (I write paranormal romances, which puts me in with the anime crowd who likes dark fantasy!)
This workshop will focus on Number 3: Grow the Brand. What authors often fail to realize is that in including different elements like spanking or light bondage that they are writing for their normal audiences but with a little more effort could target not just the fringe readers; those who are closeted about their darker desires, but those who are a little open with their darker desires.
The Character Development Workshop is meant to be suitable for all writers, novice and advanced, and offers a comprehensive look at the basic nuts and bolts of characterization. We will examine how the different elements of characterization work in a fictional story, what tools are available to you in creating and using characters, and how these tools can be applied.
Typically, writers have a solid working knowledge of word processing. Word, Pages, Word Perfect, whatever the tool, we’ve all spent time hunched over a keyboard trying to get our thoughts down in a usable format for our teachers, editors, friends, or work partners. Word processors are effective at general document creation and formatting, but they tend to fall short when our needs turn towards structured long or short form writing.
Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your critique group, e-reader, or publisher. Lectures will be presented in a video format with written summaries. One evening a week the instructor will have a live question/answer period using audio/video and screen sharing to best answer those tricky problems.
The biggest writing event of the year, November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can help you build good habits, clarify your commitment to writing, and rediscover the joy of storytelling. It may even catalyze the creation of a wonderful book. Learn how to get the most out of this Ironman event of writing (completing a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days!) through preparation, focus, proven techniques, and attitude. And find out how you can keep the momentum going into the months and years ahead.
Great characters are the foundation of any good story. Learn how to bring your characters to life with one of the co-authors of the popular writing book, 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters. Learn how to go from cardboard or wooden characters to real people with a story to tell. Lessons include:
A look at the Physical
Your characters must come alive and our first lessons begin with giving your character a name and starting to develop them physically. This is like starting with a skeleton and building from the bones on out.
Don’t ignore the Emotional
Your characters need to be unique and this lesson focuses on making them individual with human or other world emotions or quirks. Make them come alive with more than flesh by providing them with unique feelings, thoughts and weaknesses.
Remember your characters’ History
No character comes from a void. Even orphans and angels have a past. In this lesson we learn how to use that past in building your story and how to use it in your plot line to make your character more individual as well as beginning to provide motivations for your characters’ actions.
Make your character Develop and Grow
This lesson puts the various parts of your character together to show how to make them work in your story. It will also look at the Character Arc and how to make certain your characters develop over the course of your book.
Would you rather do anything besides sit down and write a synopsis for your story? If so, this workshop is just for you. Step by step it will show you how to put together a synopsis you can be proud of, and one that does your story justice. Included in the workshop are tips on writing blurbs, taglines and query letters.
Presented by Pat Hauldren
Dates: Nov 3-14, 2014
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