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08/14 The Art of the Interview With Susan Gembrowski

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Let’s say you need to talk to someone for a freelance profile or travel story, a relative for specifics to include in your memoir, or an expert to clarify information for your novel. The Art of the Interview class will teach you how to structure the conversation – how to ask the right questions and how to get honest answers to difficult questions. A good interviewer comes away with the ability to use all five senses to paint a picture. You will learn to prepare for...

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09/11 Story Structure with Tim West

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What are the classic story structures? Discover the sturdy scaffold for your story’s imposing edifice, the hidden skeleton we can flesh out to make stories come alive. Tim West has been a San Diego-based  theatre artist for more than 25 years. He is a noted actor with 40+ area professional credits in theatres from Lambs Players to ion. As a playwright, he has had more than a dozen of his plays produced, including multiple works commissioned by both Scripps...

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09/04 Narrative Structure with Akil Kumarasamy

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This course will take a closer look at how fiction writers use narrative structures to create emotional tension and suspense. We often consider Freytag’s pyramid (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution) as the blueprint for constructing narratives, but by analyzing contemporary short stories and novel excerpts, we can begin to see new models that might help us understand how to frame compelling narratives. Reading stories like Tobias...

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10/03 Using Tarot Cards To Inspire Fiction With Lisa Kessler

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Classes, Events | Comments Off on 10/03 Using Tarot Cards To Inspire Fiction With Lisa Kessler

Has your novel stalled/ Out of ideas for new stories? Want to try something out of the box to get your creativity flowing? You don’t have to be a psychic to use tarot cards as a tool for inspiration. This class will focus on using Tarot Cards and different layouts to help you create characters, conflicts, and brainstorm ideas for stories and novels. Lisa will have a few tarot decks for you to borrow during class, but if you have your own, please bring it with...

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08/13 Conflict with Lisa Kessler

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Master conflict in your stories with this one day workshop! In this one-day workshop, we will study “black moments” in well-known fiction and films, and then study your story ideas to craft a black moment that has your readers turning pages and holding their breath, hoping the heroes will earn that happily ever after. This will be a hands-on class with lively discussion and feedback on your work in progress or maybe a finished work that needs more impact at the end....

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