Friday, July 1, 2011

July Writing Workshops


There aren’t as many workshops this month so I’ve posted the blurbs too. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t mind becoming a contest Diva...

 

Instructor: Gemma Halliday
Dates: July 4 to July 15

Course Description:
Want to add "award winning writer" to your title? Then this is the workshop for you! We'll be going to go tips and tricks for making your manuscript rise to the top in writing contests. Where to enter your specific manuscripts, what judges look for, and how to maximize a contest final and turn it into a sale!

 

Instructor: Rory Miller
Dates: July 8 – 29

Course Description:
Want to make your Law Enforcement character come alive, give her what she needs to know so that she thinks and acts like a real cop when things go bad?

Rory Miller, author of “Meditations on Violence” and the e-book “Violence: A Writer’s Guide” will provide a class on Use of Force exactly as it is taught to Police Academy officers (with a few insights from the grizzled veteran point of view.)

You will learn:
• What constitutes a threat
• How officers are taught to discern when force is appropriate and how much to use
• How the constant possibility of a dangerous situation affects every other aspect of the job




Instructor: Sharon Mignerey
Dates: July 8 – 29

Course Description:
Most of the fiction writers I know have several books on character development that espouse all sorts of advice.

Most of that advice boils down to making sure character development includes two things: milieu and motivation. In a word, M&Ms.

Of all the techniques to build well-rounded characters, these two provide the necessary fodder to create unforgettable characters.

Milieu is that wonderful French word that encompasses all aspects of a setting—the physical, social, and cultural.

In this workshop, we look at this from the perspective of your protagonist’s history, comfort, and emotional connection.

Motivation, as all writers know, is key to having your characters move through a story in a way that feels natural and organic.

Motivation includes the big “why” that drives the story question and the little “why” that focuses on what he wants in this scene right now. Of all the techniques to build well-rounded characters, these two provide the necessary fodder to create unforgettable characters.

 

Instructor: Pat Hauldren
Dates: July 8 – 29

Course Description:
Urban Fantasy–A world within a world, how to write and market today’s urban fantasy.

Fantasy, and especially Urban Fantasy, are hot genres on today’s market. In this class, we’ll define Urban Fantasy, explore the markets available and how each market expects different aspects of the same genre. We’ll also study the current publications in the genre, including adult, YA, and children’s subgenres, and compare our own manuscripts to these. Throughout the class, we’ll work on improving our manuscripts to meet market needs.

 

Instructor: Catherine Chant
Dates: July 11-23, 2011

Course Description:
This one is great if you're trying to encourage chapter members to teach classes--many people don't think they can do it, or they're not expert enough. Catherine's workshop helps all writers see that they are experts in something that they can share with other writers. Helps create fresh workshop topics all chapters can take advantage of and helps writers promote themselves.

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)

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.

 

Instructor: Eva Gordon
Dates: July 11-25, 2011

Course Description:
A three week seminar for writers who are interested in writing about wolves and werewolves in their stories but who want more background on the basic biology and behavior of real wolves. Writers will learn why the wolf evolved from admired archetype to savage, evil nemesis of man. The instructor will include original interviews of a few famous werewolves and the workshop will end with the students creating their own myths based on their created shifter characters.

 
BREAKING THINGS DOWN INTO THREES: PLOT ORGANISATION FOR PANTSERS AS WELL AS PLOTTERS

Instructor: Beth Daniels
Dates: July 11-August 7, 2011

Course Description:
Plots require organization – even those written by Pantsers. Why? Because all storytelling requires a flow, a smooth transition from one scene to the next. Getting it doesn’t require an outline though. All it requires is a system. A system of breaking everything down into thirds.

Three is a magic number. It’s used in art, music, interior design, and in literature. After all, doesn’t every story have a Beginning, a Middle, and an End? Three things.

But we need to go further. Need to section the various elements of our storylines into smaller and smaller divisions of three.

Many have already have done this in writing essays at school, or in a public speaking class. Opening either a essay or a speech by telling the audience 1) here’s what has occurred before and what we need to change, 2) here is how we can change it or why we should change it, and 3) the problem is this because of this and that and we need to do this to correct it.

Storylines in fiction do exactly the same thing, they simply use characterization, action and reaction to move along. Scenes can be broken down into threes; chapters can; POVs can. And in thinking by threes to create each tale, each element of a tale, story flow results.

Participants should have a work in progress, but it can be in any state of development – thinking about, early chapters, middle, or heading toward the conclusion. Thinking by threes works at any level, including editing. It can also help identify things that aren’t really needed in the book, the sort of things editors delete.

This class is for writers at any point in their writing career from unpublished to midlist.

 
TITLING YOUR WORK

Instructor: Sally Walker
Dates: July 18-25, 2011

Course Description:
Titling a work is like naming a child because it acknowledges the unique dignity of that being to both the creator and the world. “Untitled” hints of disrespect and confusion. Learn how to proudly give an identity to your creative work through five simple analytical steps then learn WHY you need a title for the world to latch onto your work in this one-week intense workshop!


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3 comments:

Romy said...

Thanks for the info Lacey. You are a fount of knowledge!

Nas Dean said...

Hi Lacey,

Thanks for all these workshop information! Way to go, workshop diva!

Lacey Devlin said...

You're both very welcome!