Sunday, June 20, 2010

Writer's Workshop in Huntington, WV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For those who are serious about becoming a writer,
or improving in the writing craft, the first step may be a
comprehensive writing course to be held Huntington, WV, Saturday, June 26.
International Bram Stoker Award-winning author/editor Michael Knost will be the lead instructor as he offers his LEVEL ONE Writers Workshop Saturday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at Mountwest Community & Technical College.

"If you are serious about improving as a storyteller, and if your goal
is to be published, then this one day intensive writing course, which
includes four distinct classes, is the first step toward a successful
writing career," Knost said, explaining that he will be personally
teaching a course that will focus on four writing themes, including:
Plot and Story (9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.); Description (10 a.m. – 10:45
a.m.); Point of View and Dialogue (11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.); and Creating
Great Characters (1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.). Although lunch is not included
in the cost, Knost will host a "free-for-all writing craft discussion"
for all who would like to attend during the lunch hour, from 12-noon
to 1:00 p.m.

Knost's book, Writers Workshop of Horror (Woodland Press), recently
won the Bram Stoker Award in the nonfiction category. The Bram
Stoker Award is hosted by the Horror Writers Association and is
considered the highest honor for authors and editors in the horror and
dark fiction genres.

The tuition for Writers Workshop: Level One, which includes includes
all four classes during the one-day course, is $125.00 For additional
information, or to sign up for the one day class at Mountwest
Community and Technical College, visit, or email

Mountwest Community & Technical College is located at
3rd Ave. and 18th Street, Huntington, WV (Next to the Cam Henderson
Center). Class size is restricted, so interested individuals are
encouraged to sign-up early.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Michael Knost Commandments for Fiction Writing

1. Thou shalt have something to say.

2. Thou shalt populate thy story with living individuals, not characters.

3. Thou shalt give thy protagonist a want.

4. Thou shalt allow an antagonist to (at least temporarily) keep thy protagonist from
obtaining that want.

5. Thou shalt avoid temptations of clich├ęs, puns, info-dumps, or dream endings.

6. Thou shalt slay adverbs and adjectives with the jawbone of an ass.

7. Thou shalt research everything.

8. Thou shalt ensure thy words perform double and/or triple duties when possible.

9. Thou shalt circumcise excess.

10. Thou shalt never remind the reader she is reading.

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