Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bootcamp for Novelists September On-Line Classes


*September 5 - October 2 Author Spotlight*

Synopses - How to Take the Bite Out of Writing Them . . .
. . . using the classic movie, JAWS, as an example

Taught by Harlequin American author Cathy McDavid

*Whether plotter or pantser by nature and whether you write them before
or after you've written the book, the darned synopsis is often the part
of professional writing we hate the most. Yet, to be successful, we must
do a passable job of constructing one.

Unfortunately, there's no secret to writing a synopsis. However, in this
workshop we'll cover basic and simple steps that will let you produce
that passable, and possibly very good, synopsis. We'll also debunk some
common myths about synopses that may have been making the task more
difficult than it needs to be.

If you haven't watched JAWS recently (or ever), you might want to view
it before the course starts. For the romance plot, our example will be


September 5 to October 2 Bootcamp Courses
*4P SUBPLOTS AND LAYERS/ taught by Linda Style/ *
Some of the most successful techniques used by bestselling authors are
the judicious use of subplots and layering, both of which add depth,
texture and interest to a story. But many writers don't make full use of
their subplots and sometimes even mistake a secondary plot for a
subplot. Many writers believe layering is simply adding more stuff to
make it interesting. Not so. In this class, you'll learn the intricacies
of subplot and layering and how to use them to your story's best
advantage. We'll cover what the subplot can do for your story, the
start, the finish and the why plus weaving, braiding, intersecting and
all that jazz and a look at the secret ingredients of the subplot*


5B SPARKLING DIALOGUE /taught by Connie/*
Dialogue is not hard to write. But neither is it like real
conversations. Dialogue has a story purpose beyond showing that your
characters have voice boxes. This course gives techniques on writing
dialogue that reveal character and moves along the plot. We'll master
using dialogue to move your story, learn why how he thinks is how he
speaks, and cover techniques for dynamic dialogue and how to weave it
smoothly into your narrative.

These 4-week courses are delivered as a weekly lesson that
includes an exercise and detailed personal feedback.

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