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Fiction Writing

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 3 (Start Date)

Are you ready to take your novel writing skills to the next level? In this course, you will learn how to handle four different types of scenes: action scenes, relationship scenes, humorous scenes and “twister” scenes. We will cap the course with a session on troubleshooting your plot, editing your…

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5 Session Class: Creating Unique Blog Content (Start Date)

Whether you are just starting a blog, or looking for a way to amp yours up, you probably realize that you need a combination of striking visuals and pithy words to hold the attention of today’s media saturated audience. In this class, you will learn how to write blog…

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

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…

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

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…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 1 (Start Date)

Have you always wanted to write a novel and don’t know where to start? Or do you have a work in progress that needs help becoming a finished draft? This class starts with the basics — character, plot, setting and theme to ensure that you are building a sound structure…

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Writing Tips

Permission to Laugh

I know they said not to take selfies with bears . . . One of the hardest things about humor writing is giving your reader permission to laugh.  After all, you’re putting your protagonist in embarrassing, and sometimes physically painful, situations.  The last think your audience is going to want is to…

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Literary Terms, Writing Tips

Well, I wasn’t expecting THAT!

This whole month, I want to talk about the relationship between writing and reading.  I’ve talked to so many writers who say they don’t read inside their own genre because they’re afraid of copying someone else’s idea.  (More on this later – I’m planning an entire…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 3 (Start Date)

Are you ready to take your novel writing skills to the next level? In this course, you will learn how to handle four different types of scenes: action scenes, relationship scenes, humorous scenes and “twister” scenes. We will cap the course with a session on troubleshooting your plot, editing your…

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5 Session Class: Focus on Genre: Writing Humor (Start Date)

Humorous writing can be hard to master. However, it can get easier if you understand the techniques comedians use to get a laugh. Whether you are pulling anecdotes from real life, are writing a funny character in fictional situations, or want to blend humor with other genres, there’s something…

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Musing

Writer, Transform Thyself

I recently had a writer ask me which one of his many ideas he should follow up on.  There is no easy answer to that question, because it all depends on the writer’s motivation.  Is he wanting to know which one is the most marketable?  Well, I can’t…

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Literary Terms, Writing Tips

Well, Darlings, You’re Weighing Us Down . . .

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” – Stephen King (not the first person to say it, but perhaps the most ominous)It’s a common piece of advice to give to beginning writers, and it’s been attributed…

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Literary Terms, Writing Tips

But I never got to . . .

I’m a big believer in the promises-made-to-your-reader philosophy of writing.  It’s the idea that readers file away everything you’ve laid out in the first few chapters of your story – and they expect you to follow up on it.  To see how this extends…

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Musing, Writing Tips

The Power of What If

When I do my prewriting classes, I always start with a session on idea generation.  Sometimes students will already have a character in mind, or a genre they want to work in, or a few plot events, but I ask them to put that aside and – as a group – work…

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Writing Tips

But That’s Not What I Meant!

Readers are trained to try and figure out puzzles.  No matter what the genre, we give them clues in our foreshadowing, paid off in plot twists and revelations that feel surprising-yet-inevitable.  As readers, we want to feel smart – like we figured out what the writer was trying to…

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Writing Tips

Purple Prose: The Tackiest Pants Patch

Sitting around with a group of writing students a while back, the concept of purple prose came up.  Nearly all of them knew they were supposed to avoid it, but not necessarily what it was, or where the term came from.To understand the idea, you need to think in…