online: MORE THAN SETTING: WORLD-BUILDING
(February 7-18, 2022)
Of course your book needs a setting that contributes to the story, but your characters’ story world goes far beyond just the time and place they occupy. It’s also the people who surround them, the expectations they take for granted, the rules that infuriate them, the attitudes they share with their society -- whether or not they realize it -- and more. All those elements belong in your story world’s setting, and here’s how to build a world that works.
Zoom: MAKING INTROVERTED CHARACTERS INTERESTING
(February 19, noon-1pm Eastern/9-10am Pacific)
Free for anyone who makes any size contribution to any (not-the-usual) charity they feel like God has in mind.
online: PLOTTING VIA MOTIVATION
(March 7-April 1)
Here’s what writers have said about the course in previous years: “I never thought I could plot my entire book from start to finish, but here it is. This is AWESOME.” / “This month has truly changed the way I think about writing. I wish I’d taken Plotting Via Motivation before giving up on my earlier novels.” / “Now that I look back in the notebook where I wrote all my homework, I realize I’ve got my book right here!”
online: FROM PLOT TO FINISH
For anyone who’s taken Plotting Via Motivation online or in person at some point, this group gets you plotting a brand new or already-begun book (using your completed 14-point worksheet) from start to finish. No need to prepare a new story idea, character bios, goal charts or anything else, because you’ll see how to plot an entire book -- and actually have it ready to type -- by the end of this hands-on workshop.
online: CHOOSING THAT FATAL FLAW
(April 16, 4pm Eastern)
The ideal flaw isn't totally random, tossed in at the last minute to keep a character from being Too Perfect. Instead, it's built right into their personality -- which means it's guaranteed to create turmoil that’ll keep the plot moving, along with a flip-side asset that'll enable your character to triumph in the end. See what kind will work best for your people, whether they're starring in a current story or taking the lead in another to come.
Zoom: DYNAMIC DIALOGUE & DELICIOUS DESCRIPTION
(April 23, 9am Pacific): AgedToPerfectionRomanceWriters.com/workshops/
Use whichever of the Ds you’re better at to improve your work on the other.
Live retreat in San Antonio: SPRING GATHERING
for details, email Laurie at address on booklaurie.com
(April 28-May 1) Morning workshops, afternoon consultations (four individual half-hours with each of eight writers), and time for writing...plus relaxing!
Laurie Schnebly Campbell published half a dozen romances with Harlequin, including one that beat out Nora Roberts for “Best Special Edition of the Year,” before discovering the only thing she loves more than writing is working with other writers. So she started giving workshops every month, online and in-person, and now has a special area on her bookshelf full of books with acknowledgments from authors who’ve loved her classes.