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September 2018

Saturday Night Write Discussion: How NOT to Write Dialogue

September 15 @ 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.   We've covered how to write dialogue in the past.  This time around we're going to…

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Seminar: Managing the Passage of Time on the Page

September 16 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Foundry Club, 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, Texas 75206
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$60

Some stories take place in a matter of days, or even hours.  Others are multi-generational epics.  And yet, both need to fit into the number of pages you get for a book manuscript or screenplay.  So how do you manage the progression of time?  We will focus on utilizing effective pacing techniques. This interactive seminar, suitable for fiction writers, screenwriters and memoir writers, will also offer answers to: How can chapter breaks function as time jumps? How can I handle…

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FenCon

September 21 - September 23
Westin DFW Irving, 4545 W. John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063
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$50

I'll be a guest at FenCon this year.  Check their web site for updates including my programming schedule.

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October 2018

5 Session Class: Creative Writing: Beginner’s Fiction (Start Date)

October 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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If you love to read and have always wanted to write, bring a pen or your laptop to this class. Students will learn how to create fiction that will resonate with readers and will take their first steps towards developing their own unique literary voice. Topics include: narration, characterization, dialogue, conflict, plot and style. You'll also learn the difference between literary and commercial fiction and find which one is right for you. Students will have the opportunity to have samples…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 2 (Start Date)

October 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

Are you ready to build your novel writing skills? Or are you confident in your writing, but mystified by terms like character agency, pathos, and subtext? In this course, you will learn how to craft realistic dialogue, create characters who do indeed have agency, understand narrative structure, and connect readers to their work by heightening pathos and suspense. Aspiring writers will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued each week. Prerequisites are either Novel Writing: Level 1,…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 5 (Start Date)

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

Are you ready to take your novel writing skills to the next level?  How do you go from having a series of scenes to something that makes sense as a novel?  In this course, you will delve into structure and discover if your story has enough (or too much complexity).  You will also learn how to handle subplots, manage the passage of time and let character motivation make the plot relatable.  Aspiring writers will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued…

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The Importance of Character Agency at the Carrollton League of Writers

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marshall’s Bar-B-Q, 1855 Rosemeade Parkway
Carrollton, 75007 United States
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Free

I will be a guest of the Carrollton League of Writers.  It's a casual atmosphere at a local BBQ restaurant.  I'll be speaking on The Importance of Character Agency and how this relates to the reader's ability to relate to your story.  I will be available to sign copies of Free Chocolate after the lecture.

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Chocolate Demo at Writer’s In The Field

October 13 - October 14
The Steampunk November Grounds, 492 Cordes Dr.
Mansfield, TX 76084 United States
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$75

I'll be partnering with representatives from DallasChocolate.org to talk chocolate in a hands-on presentation at the second annual Writer's in the Field. The event is intended to help local writers take their research to the next level, to improve their fiction.  They'll have experts in a variety of fields.

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8-Week After School Fiction Writing for Teens (Start Date)

October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$495

This 8-week workshop-style class in fiction writing is designed to provide a peer environment for teenage writers (Grades 9-12). Led by Amber Royer, whose debut novel Free Chocolate has been 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.  During each…

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Saturday Night Write: High Stakes Plotting

October 20 @ 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.   This time we'll discuss what it means to have high stakes in a novel, and…

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