Wednesday, June 27, 2012

LEVEL TWO ONLINE WRITING COURSE

CLASS ONE: FLASHBACKS & BACKSTORY - TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012 @ 9:00PM EST
Workshoppers will learn the difference between flashbacks and backstory, and how to execute both correctly when needed.

CLASS TWO: FORESHADOWING - TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012 @ 9:00PM EST
Workshoppers will learn the art of foreshadowing. Also covered will be symbolism and figurative language and how the author can use it develop stronger ties with the reader.

CLASS THREE: SUSPENSE & TENSION - TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012 @ 9:00PM EST
Alfred Hitchcock said, "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." Workshoppers will learn the difference between the two, and how to master them from page one.

CLASS FOUR: REVISION & SELF EDITING - TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012 @ 9:00PM EST
In this class we will learn how to revise and self edit our works. We will learn how to use the critical eye, how to improve future writing from it, and how to look at the work as an editor or publisher looks at it.

Cost is $120 for all four classes. Payments by PayPal, credit card, or debit card below:







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Monday, June 25, 2012

THE BIG QUESTION

Writers often corner me in the local doughnut shop, fast food restaurant, or ice cream parlor (what? I like to eat!) to ask for advice.

Most of the time I get writing craft or business questions. They're often seeking information on how to market a book, find new submission markets, or even solicit a fat man's opinion on the best ice cream flavor.

Sometimes I get serious questions--questions like, "Should I get a writing major?"

I hate that question because I end up giving advice that could inadvertently destroy lives. And my stock answer usually goes something like this: "Get your degree in something solid...something you can always fall back to if the writing thing doesn't work out."

Now, I give this reason because I feel that if I can say anything that will sway the inquirer from his or her dream, it was never really their dream to begin with.

However, after spending an extended weekend at Seton Hill University's Alumni writing workshop, I now realize that my advice could be considered mentally Neanderthal to someone with deeply-set dreams of writing a genre novel.

Seton Hill University offers an MFA program called "Writing Popular Fiction," which is ideal for the genre writer searching for truth. And, students are assigned a mentor who has tremendous experience--even published experience--in the particular genre the student is interested in.

Many writing programs teach students a bunch of crap, taught by teachers who've never been published. Students in those programs begin the writing path at the same point an uneducated writer does with similar desires.

But, Seton Hill University's MFA program is a common sense education, filled with knowledge and mentorship needed to put you on the path to success.

I can't say enough about how wonderful this program is, and how great it is to see a university focusing on writing in the literal sense.

So, go ahead and ask the question now and see what answer you get.


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

LEVEL ONE ONLINE WRITING COURSE

CLASS ONE: PLOT - TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012 @ 9:00PM EST
Workshoppers will learn the foundation of plot, what elements actually make a story, and what technically is needed for a story to be a story. I will describe each element in depth, and then show how each works with the other elements in a literary orchestra.

CLASS TWO: DESCRIPTION - TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012 @ 9:00PM EST
Workshoppers will take from this class a developed understanding of what description is, what it is not, and how we as authors can use it to move our story forward, without making the new-writer blunders.

CLASS THREE: DIALOGUE & POINT OF VIEW - TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012 @ 9:00PM EST
Dialogue is one of the hardest elements to master in the writing craft—and new-writers almost always seem to think they have it down pat. I will give the foundational tips that will have beautiful dialogue in your characters before you know it. Also, we will cover the most overlooked writing aspect with new-writers today: Point of View.

CLASS FOUR: CREATING GREAT CHARACTERS - TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 @ 9:00PM EST
In this class we will learn the layering technique when it comes to building believable characters. There are particular things that will turn your cardboard character into a real, live, human being on the page. It will make the biggest difference to your reader than anything else you can do.

Cost is $120 for all four classes. Payments by PayPal, credit card, or debit card below:







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