Give Yourself A Writing Workshop

In General on December 16, 2008 at 11:42 pm

My former editor at Writer’s Digest magazine, Maria Schneider, and I are offering a series of online workshops on the business and craft of fiction writing beginning in January through her fabulous new writer’s site and forum: Editor Unleashed.  Our prices are reasonable and the courses will be self-paced. They’ll be a lot of fun, too, so I hope you’ll treat yourself or a writer you know to one or more of them!

The workshops are as follows:

Fiction Writing: Make a Scene

 Description: Scenes are the building blocks of great fiction. This workshop will teach you the basics and then some for writing powerful, concise, page-turning scenes. This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels.

In this Workshop you will:
• Learn how to construct the basic architecture of a scene.
• Develop your characters and their motivations.
• Make every scene count toward the overall plot.
• Learn the crucial scene types such as opening scene and flashback.
• Find out how to make more effective transitions between scenes.
Start date: Monday, January 12, 2009
Duration: 6 Weeks
Fee: $350.

Fiction Workshop Intensive

 Description: This workshop is for writers who have a complete or nearly complete manuscript for a novel or short story collection and are ready for an intensive group workshop experience.

In this workshop you will:
• Get highly individualized critiquing and feedback on a weekly basis from your workshop leader.
• Receive professional editing and formatting suggestions.
• Participate in group critiques.
• Workshop a novel chapter (of fewer than 3,000 words) or one short story per week.
Start date: Monday, January 12, 2009
Duration: 6 Weeks
Fee: $350.

Marketing: Query Letter Clinic, with Maria Schneider

Description: No matter what you’re writing and trying to sell—a novel, a memoir, or a magazine article—the essential step in marketing your work is a compelling, well-crafted query letter.

In this workshop you will:
• Learn the basic template of a good query letter from relevant examples.
• Develop your lead paragraph into a compelling hook to attract agents and editors.
• Summarize your project into a coherent one-paragraph summary.
• Find out what biographical information to include and not include and what drives editors crazy.
• Finish the Workshop with at least one strong, polished query letter to start sending out to agents and editors.
Start date: Monday, January 12, 2009
Duration: 4 Weeks
Fee: $250.

Online writing: Blogging 101, with Maria Schneider

 Description: Every writer needs to have an online presence today, and the very best way to get started building your web cred is with your own blog. Take this crash course in blogging and get started now.

In this workshop you will:
• Start your own hosted blog (set-up is free).
• Brainstorm names to help you start building your blog identity.
• Develop posts that are relevant to your readership.
• Learn good blog etiquette and tips for building your readership.
Start date: Monday, January 12, 2009
Duration: 4 Weeks
Fee: $250.


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