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July 2019

Seminar: Writing Vivid Side Characters

July 28 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

You know you need a spectacular protagonist, facing off against an equally strong antagonist.  But what about all your spear carriers, love interests, sidekicks, mentors and henchmen?  They don’t always get much page space, so how can you use what you do give them to make them memorable?  We will focus on creating captivating side characters that add to the plot and earn their space on the page. This interactive seminar, suitable for fiction writers, screenwriters and memoir writers, will also offer answers…

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August 2019

ArmadilloCon

August 2 - August 4
Omni Southpark, 4140 Governors Row
Austin, TX 78744 United States
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I will be on programming at ArmadilloCon.  Please check their web site for my specific schedule.

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Teen Summer Writing Camp Session III

August 5 @ 9:00 am - August 9 @ 12:00 pm
$375

This is a workshop-style class in fiction writing, designed to provide a peer environment for teenaged writers (Grades 8-12). Led by Amber Royer, whose debut novel Free Chocolate was named one of Barnes & Noble's 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018, the class is designed to springboard teens who want to pursue writing as either a hobby or a potential career to a better understanding of how fiction is put together, and what opportunities they have to share it.…

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What to Leave in and What to Leave out with Special Guest Terry Detrich

August 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Free

Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events. Whether you write fiction, or like Terry, want to pen a memoir, you face tough decisions. …

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September 2019

5 Week Class: Writing About Yourself (Start Date)

September 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

In this course, students will explore techniques for writing effective short memoirs and personal essays, including a need for structure and how to incorporate theme.

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5 Week Class: Focus on Genre: Getting a Clue About Mystery (Start Date)

September 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

Whether the mysteries you love take place in coffee shops with quirky amateur sleuths, or in gritty neighborhoods with jaded detectives, mystery fans can find much to get excited about in today's market. Are you ready to write one of your own? Learn how to reverse-engineer a mystery plot, avoid deux ex machina endings, and create unique crime-solvers that will keep readers turning the pages. Students will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued each week. Prerequisites…

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5 Week Class: Novel Writing: Unit 4 – Character Building (Start Date)

September 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

It is often said that, "Story Is Character." In this course, you will learn how to design dynamic protagonists, villains, mentors and sidekicks, and love interests - and how to handle unlikable characters and antiheroes. Aspiring writers will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued each week. Prerequisites: Either Novel Writing: Level 1, Beginner's Fiction or some experience with basic fiction writing techniques. NOTE: for Novel 3 - 4 - 5 - 6: These topical modules do not…

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Saturday Night Write: Whose Story Should It Be?

September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine the proper protagonist for a story.  We will discuss…

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October 2019

Saturday Night Write: Tension and Conflict

October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events. If you lose the tension in your story, you loose your readers.  How can you maintain…

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November 2019

Saturday Night Write: Story vs. Situation

November 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events. How do you decide if your WIP has a sound plot that moves your character properly…

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