Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"The A-B-C's of Story Construction"

Here's a class that might interest some of you new to writing. I've taken classes from Writer U. and found them to be very helpful.

Online class: June 2-30, 2008
"The A-B-Cs of Story Construction"by Patricia Kay
Registration $30 at

Many times, writers confuse plotting a story with the construction of the story. The two are not the same. Plotting is what you do before you write; it's the planning part of storytelling. Story construction is how you write what you've planned. Although no two novels are alike, and there are no absolutes about how they must be put together, there is a logical way to tell your story -- one that will grab your reader's attention and keep himriveted until the very last page. In this hands-on class, with a combination of lessons, homework, and discussion, you will learn how to accomplish this goal.

Topics covered:
* What is a story? The three-act structure

* Your opening: setting the stage, the inciting incident
* Creating characters we can root for
* Writing scenes: Scenes Equal Action
* Writing Sequels: Sequels Equal Aftermath
* Whose point of view?
* Writing the love scene

Patricia Kay, whose first mainstream romance was nominated for a RITA, is theUSA Today bestselling author of more than 46 novels of romance and women's fiction. An acclaimed teacher, she formerly taught at the University of Houston, and has given writing workshops all over the country. She says there's nothing more satisfying to her than seeing that light bulb go off in a student's head. To learn more about her, visit her website at


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