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04/18 Creating Unforgettable Characters with Marni Freedman

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Your One Stop Shop for all things Character! After years of writing, studying, editing and coaching, I’m excited to introduce a new, creatively organic, step-by-step approach to character that draws on the wisdom of many great dramatists and thinkers.  By the end of the workshop you will walk away with: A 9 Element Character Template that You Can Use to Create Every Character You Ever Write! An Understanding of The 5 Step Secret to Creating a...

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04/16 The Medicine Wheel: Finding Direction & Inspiration with Native American Poetry with Jim Moreno

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SDWI instructor Jim Moreno will offer a one day poetry workshop in April (National Poetry Month) entitled The Medicine Wheel: Finding Direction & Inspiration with Native American Poetry. Workshop participants will write original poetry from Moreno’s knowledge of the Medicine Wheel and the Dreamcatcher as well as from prompts derived from themes of Native American poems. Authors such as Joy Harjo, N. Scott Momaday, Mary Tallmountain, Paula Gunn Allen, Louise...

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03/21 Crafting the Scene with Marni Freedman

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HOW TO WRITE A SCENE Learn the 5 Point Method to scene writing and deliver scenes that consistently deliver and sparkle! If you have ever received the feedback that you need to SHOW vs TELL this workshop is for you. Learn how to take flat, lifeless scenes and wake ‘em up so that readers will absolutely have to turn the page! In this one day workshop you will learn the secrets to the 5 Point Method which covers: 1) Grounding 2) Conflict 3) Forward Motion 4)...

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02/21 Plot and Pour with Marni Freedman

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Plot and Pour…The Professional’s Secret to Plotting Your Novel (or screenplay, or memoir or play!)   A FRESH AND FUN APPROACH TO STORY TELLING! Learn the art of professional plotting while keeping your spontaneous spirit an active part of the process! In this one day interactive workshop you will learn: How to blend the fun of “seat of your pants” writing with professional strategy of plotting How create a structure using The “15 Plot Spots”...

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03/01 Creating Villains with Rich Farrell

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This class will look at making compelling bad guys and girls in fiction. Using examples from literature, the class will explore how a strong, evil character (or at least one with bad manners!) can make a scene, plot and story come alive. Come let your villains come out to play! Richard Farrell is the Creative Non-Fiction Editor at upstreet and a Senior Editor at Numéro Cinq. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he has worked as a high school teacher, a defense...

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