Friday, November 25, 2011

December Writing Workshops



Please note that all course descriptions are in blurb form. There’s often more information at the official websites. The December writing workshops are listed in order of start date and length.

 

Instructor: Dr. Mary O’Gara, Ph.D
Dates: December 1 – 31
Course Description: Want to become a brand like Stephenie Meyers, Nora Roberts or Stephen King? This session will show you how. Writers now are being required to have a social media platform. It doesn’t have to be scary. This class is designed to change your habits, not your personality. My method will help you build a platform that is solid and expands in pace with your career, no matter what social media platform is in style. I will show you ways to grow your network in ways that will translate into book sales. And the coolest part? My approach leaves time to write more books. You don’t have all day to market. You need time to write future best-selling books. Let me show you how.


Instructor: Caroline Clemmons
Dates: December 5 – 11
Course Description: Characterization Made Very, Very, Very Easy. “Yeah, right,” you say. Okay, maybe that’s a teensy weensy exaggeration. Seriously, since I found this method, coming up with characters that bring the plot with them is not as difficult as it used to be. What do you remember about your favorite novels? For most of us, it’s the characters. Readers love to be surprised by a character’s actions and secrets.

Instructor: Sue Viders and Becky Martinez
Dates: December 5 – 11
Course Description: Villains can be fascinating and sometimes readers will remember a good—or bad—villain long after they put down your book. How can you come up with convincing villains who are great challenges for your heroine/hero but who don’t take over the story? What makes a wonderful villain and what genres simply love a good villain? What about a lovable villain? Join two published authors and teachers for a week long class as they explore the fascinating world of the bad guys and show you how to come up...

Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Dates: December 5 – 12
Course Description: Want to become a brand like Stephenie Meyers, Nora Roberts or Stephen King? This session will show you how. Writers now are being required to have a social media platform. It doesn’t have to be scary. This class is designed to change your habits, not your personality. My method will help you build a platform that is solid and expands in pace with your career, no matter what social media platform is in style. I will show you ways to grow your network in ways that will translate into book sales. And the coolest part? My approach leaves time to write more books. You don’t have all day to market. You need time to write future best-selling books. Let me show you how.
 
Instructor: Theresa Meyers
Dates: December 5 – 18
Course Description: Time to add tools to your writer’s tool box! Take your writing to the next level with techniques and tips used by the pros to add depth and pacing to their work. In this course you'll: * Discover what foreshadowing is and how it works to improve writing. * Learn how to utilize the techniques of screenwriters for on-screen and off-screen action to heighten tension, create a faster moving plot and give your characterization more depth.

Instructor: Tina Gerow
Dates: December 5 – 18
Course Description: Vamps, shifters and the rest of the gang aren't just humans with fangs or fur. If their species isn't an integral part of their character, your reader will not suspend disbelief long enough to fall in love with them. Learn how to build these characters from the inside out....

Instructor: Lisa Dale
Dates: December 5 – 18
Course Description: You’ve heard the “show don’t tell” rule a hundred times, and you know that you should do it. But “telling” is our fundamental way of communicating in our everyday lives, so as a writer, it’s extremely difficult to shake off our inherent, natural instincts to “tell” a story. By demonstrating how the human brain processes ideas through reading and other real life situations, Lisa shows how “show, don’t tell” works on an emotional and neurological level...

Instructor: June Diehl
Dates: December 5 – 18
Course Description: During this workshop, we’ll explore the meaning of writer’s block, how to recognize it, what’s behind not being able to write, exercises and techniques to move beyond it, and ways to avoid this in the future. ...

Instructor: Linda Conrad
Dates: December 5 – 19
Course Description: Best selling author Linda Conrad writes for Harlequin-Silhouette Books. Her novels have been translated into sixteen languages and are sold in over twenty-two countries!

Linda’s sensual characters and passionate stories have brought her numerous awards and raves! Over the years her workshops for RWA chapters and conferences have helped many writers learn new skills and techniques.

Instructor: Jacqueline Corcoran
Dates: December 5 – 23
Course Description: In WRITE YOUR WAY TO RIGHT THINKING, strengths-based questions posed on a daily basis will be used to help participants get in touch with what is working well in terms of their writing and creativity or any other aspect of their lives and what they are doing differently during those times. Techniques will also help readers visualize the future that they would like and to take specific steps to realize this vision, as well as assisting readers in seeing new ways to view and solve their problems ...

Instructor: Jodi Henley
Dates: December 11 – 17
Course Description: Got character? No plot? Can't figure out what happens next or why the middle is blank and the beginning doesn't work? Use organic pre-thinking and your own personal structures to create the story that is right for both your characters and you. Covers core events, emotional understructures, the transformational arc and how to find missing pieces. There are no templates, and nothing here is one-size fits all.

Instructor: Sue Viders and Becky Martinez
Dates: December 11 – 18
Course Description: Just about any journalist knows about including the 5 W’s when telling a story, but those elements are necessary when building your fiction books as well. Who, What, When, Where and Why are all questions that need to be answered to come up with a satisfying novel. Join two published authors and teachers for a week-long class that helps writers learn how to take those simple elements to get a story going.

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2 comments:

Talli Roland said...

Looks like a great few courses there, Lacey! Thanks for the info.

Patsy said...

These look interesting - thanks.