Prepping for NaNo by Serenity Harding

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Fresh Ink, Inklings | Comments Off

Proceed with caution. It’s official, I signed-up for my first ever NaNoWriMo! Set to commence on Saturday, Nov. 1st, my mind is now operating on all writing cylinders. This pre-week is to prepare for the green flag, and the focus is strategy in crossing the finish line on Nov. 30th. Overwhelming laps of thoughts are racing towards lists and pre-made schedules – I see the mental crash ahead. Yet, I have this calm sense of facing this beast with all the forms of...

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11/04 Fiction II with Rich Farrell

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Classes, Events | Comments Off

Ready to start your novel? Stuck on your short story collection? Just looking to kick off a spring writing project? As Alice Munro reminds us, “I just have to keep trying till I find the best way of getting there.” This 3-part class will help you find the path! We’ll examine the most fundamental elements of fiction: plot, point of view, character, setting, theme, and time. Through reading and writing prompts, we’ll apply formal elements to new writing or to work...

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11/22 Point of View with Lisa Kessler

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Classes, Events | Comments Off

Deep Point of View: What is it, and how can I get it? We’ll take a look at point-of-view as it relates to fiction, and then we’ll go a step deeper to discover how we can grab the reader and bring them into the story to experience it from our character’s perspective. We’ll also examine “trigger” words that pull us out of the story as well as clear, smooth ways to transition and change point of view characters. Be sure to bring your...

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Participating in NaNoWriMo? Read Here First

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Fresh Ink, Inklings | Comments Off

 The novel – an elusive creature – has come upon hunting season once again. November 1st kicks-off National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and concludes on November 30th. The goal – complete a new 50,000 word novel within that time frame. NaNoWriMo also provides a Young Writers Program for writers-in-training, at home and in the classroom. Anyone with a story to share is encouraged to participate, whether you have written before or not. Ambitious? Of...

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11/15 Novel V: Revising Your Novel with T. Greenwood

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Classes, Events | Comments Off

So you’ve finished writing your novel — what next? What do published novelists do between that raw first draft and the final manuscript to make their plots sizzle and their prose sing? The key lies in reworking your manuscript until your writing jumps off of the page. If you have completed the first draft of a novel, this workshop will help you develop skills to shape your plot for maximum dramatic impact and give life and texture to characters, dialogue, and...

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