I just wanted to drop by the old blog to let you know that I will be teaching three workshops with Writespace this spring!
Crafting Effective Prose: All stories requires fascinating characters and a compelling plot to be successful. But how do we reveal those characters and stories? Movies get images, music, and sound. Comic books get art and writing. Prose fiction, though, just gets words.
In this workshop, we’ll examine these powerful building blocks of fiction by focusing on the importance of effective prose. How can the prose of a story highlight and enhance classic story elements like character, structure, and plot arcs? How many metaphors are too many? Should we all just be trying to write like Hemingway? Through a combination of writing exercises and discussion of classic examples of effective prose, we’ll answer these questions and more.
Saturday, February 21, 1-4 PM, $30-45. Registration Information
Tension: How to Build It, Keep It, and Increase It: Nothing keeps a reader turning pages like tension! In this three-hour workshop, we’ll consider how writers can effectively build tension in their writing. Together, we’ll discuss the elements of tension, from cliff hangers to pacing, from character motivations to story stakes. We’ll dissect some high-tension examples from published stories and participate in several writing exercises in order to put these elements to work. Bring a laptop or pen and paper and be prepared to write, share, and try new things!
Oh, and what’s this? A freebie? Attendees will receive a $15 gift certificate to Cassandra Clarke’s April 22nd-May 27th Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop.
Saturday, Pi Day (March 14), 1-4 PM, $30-45. Registration Information
Six-Week Hybrid Workshop
Science Fiction and Fantasy: Do you take your fiction with a side of aliens, superheroes, dragons, or witches? Then this is the workshop for you!
This course will provide an overview of the SFF genre. Together we will consider those elements of writing which are crucial to crafting compelling speculative stories, such as building our own worlds, extrapolating the fantastic from reality, and creating compelling non-human characters. In addition to discussing classic and contemporary SFF works, you will participate in writing exercises and bring in your own work for critique. Come to class prepared to write and discuss, and by the end of the six weeks, you will have completed at least one SFF short story.
This workshop will actually be a hybrid online/in-person class. Three out of the six weeks we will meet for three hours once a week in the studio; the remainder of the workshop will take place online. This is great for people who don’t want to drive downtown during rush hour traffic.
Starts Wednesday, April 22; In-studio meetings will meet April 29, May 13, and May 27 from 6-9 PM. $170-205, with early bird pricing ($25 off!) until April 8. Registration Information