Saturday, October 1, 2016

Class Flash Listings of Great Writing Classes


UPCOMING CLASSES
October 2016-September 2017

Master Class: FEARLESS WRITING by Laura Baker
10/31-11/11
Writers start with freedom from doubts and just a passion for story. Then all too soon you struggle to overcome weaknesses in your storytelling. But what if the very thing you’re muscling into submission is what would empower you? This is the premise of Fearless Writing — that what you call flaws are what make your stories unique. Packed with exercises and feedback from award-winning author Laura Baker, this class taps your own dramatic powers, then puts those powers to work, transforming your story concept into a Story Vision empowered with your own strengths.
 

The rest of these classes are all taught by Laurie Schnebly Campbell
Click on the links to take you to the class for more information

onlineBASICS: NOVEL-WRITING MONTH PREP
(Oct. 10-21)
writeruniv.wordpress.com/ classes
            It's one thing to write 50,000 words in a month. It's another thing to sell the finished book.If you're writing purely for the joy of self-expression, there's no need to think about publication. But if you'd like to share your finished work with readers, a little preparation can make the writing process lead more naturally into the next step. Learn how to create a book that delivers exactly what YOUR kind of novel readers want.

onlineCHARACTER PSYCHOLOGY
(Oct. 31-Nov. 25)
sinc-guppies.org/
            Great conflict comes from not only the situation, but from within the characters themselves. This class offers tools for shaping basic personalities into plausible characters who'll naturally wind up in conflict. Explore the various personality theories -- from Adler and Jung to Dewey and MBH -- and see which will offer the best opportunities for conflict that's built in right from the start.

live in Scottsdale, AZEDIT HELL TO REVISION HEAVEN(Nov. 510:30-11:30desertroserwa.org
            What, why & how much to revise, and how to tell when it's done!

(Bet you already know December is a no-class month...)

onlinePROMOTION & PERSONALITY
(Jan. 9-20, 2017)
sinc-guppies.org/
            There are so many ways for writers to promote their books, nobody should have to do something that feels uncomfortable for the kind of person they are. Looking at the nine personality types, three subtypes, and five birth-order positions shows which best reflects you — and which kinds of promotion will come more naturally, so you won't have to dread all the activity that comes with releasing a new title or building a brand.

onlineCREATING YOUR HERO'S FATAL FLAW
(Jan. 31-Feb. 24, 2017)
sincNE.org
            Giving likable, plausible characters a compelling conflict is easier with Enneagrams. Counselors and HR managers use this tool to identify the nine personality types: Reformer, Nurturer, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Guardian, Adventurer, Leader and Peacemaker. Each one has its own uniquely heroic and distinctive traits, plus a troublesome flaw, that naturally bring them into conflict with other people...and with themselves.
onlinePLOTTING VIA MOTIVATION
(March 6-31)
writeruniv.wordpress.com/ classes
            Any of us could write a book in which characters get shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle. We've seen what seven such characters would do…over and over and over again. But what would YOURS do? If you nail down any character's motivation, it doesn't matter whether the ship capsizes or lands safely three hours later. Your characters will create a plot from whatEVER happens, because you've got their motivation built in from the very beginning. Here's how to do it.

onlineFROM PLOT TO FINISH
(April 3-14)
writeruniv.wordpress.com/ classes
            A continuation of the March process open solely to people who've taken PVM online or in person at some point, this no-more-than-30-people 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.

live in Atlanta, GAALL-DAY WORKSHOP(April 22georgiaromancewriters.org
            Stay tuned for the topic, theme and other details…coming this fall.

onlineNINE FLAWS, NINE TRIUMPHS
(May 1-26)
rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin
            Writers who discover the versatility of enneagrams, the nine personality types and subtypes discovered by the Sufis and brought west a century ago, are fascinated by how easy it is to identify their existing characters and create new ones -- each with uniquely heroic and distinctive traits, as well as a fatal (or not so fatal) flaw that naturally brings them into conflict with other characters AND with themselves.

live in Phoenix, AZTHE ALPHA MALE, FROM ABE TO ZEUS(June 29:30-10:30desertroserwa.org/desertdreams
            What makes an alpha male? How can you make yours compelling? 


onlineBLOCK-BUSTING
(June 7-27, 2017)
sinc-guppies.org/
            This class offers practical and psychological techniques for dealing with writer's block. Part of that block is a lack of joy in the process, so this roll-up-your-sleeves session looks at the causes--including boredom, exhaustion, and fear of success--and the benefits of getting blocked. Writers finish with new awareness of what works for them, and with renewed inspiration for returning to the craft they love. 

(Oh, right, July is good old Vacation Month!)


onlineBLURBING YOUR BOOK
(August 7-Sept. 1)
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/ groups/BookBlurb/info
            You've seen online listings that made you buy immediately, knowing you wanted that book for sure. You've seen others that told you "don't want this one" and others that left you lukewarm. While nobody can (or should) write listings that attract readers looking for a whole different type of book, writing blurbs that turn browsers into buyers is easy to do...with the hands- on techniques from this filled-with-feedback class. 

onlineTHE HERO'S JOURNEY, FOR HEROINES
(Sept. 4-29)
writeruniv.wordpress.com/ classes
            Christopher Vogler identified 12 steps for daredevil heroes who explore the outside world and return with the elixir. But a character whose emotional journey leads to flowering change instead of physical adventure, as described in Kim Hudson’s 13 steps, will embark on a journey filled with other -- more internal --challenges. For writers whose heroine faces her own less traveled road to discovery, this class offers a fascinating map.




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