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Judy Reeves Basics for Beginning Fiction Writers

Date: Starts Monday, March 28, 2011 Time: 7pm to 9pm Number of sessions: 6 -- Mondays March 28 to May 2 Members: $190
Nonmembers: $226
Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

Where to Start, How to Start: Basics for Beginning Fiction Writers

Plot. Character. Point of view. Setting. Dialogue. Tension. Conflict. Flashback. Foreshadow. You know all these terms have something to do with writing fiction, but what do they all mean how do you use them to make a story? If you’re a beginning writer and you’re looking for a class where you can get answers to all your questions, this might be the one for you.

We’ll start with the basics and create stories from scratch. We’ll invite characters in and discover what they have to say. We’ll noodle around with descriptions and settings and learn how to create tension (and why stories need them). With lots of in-class exercises and take home assignments, we’ll move from beginnings to working draft in six weeks. And we’ll have a good time doing it.

No experience necessary, just a desire to write and your notebook and pen.

Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Other works include two plays written with the Second Story Writers, a women’s writing ensemble; and a chapbook of poetry, The Kind of Woman She Is. Her nonfiction work has appeared in the San Diego Reader and Personal Journaling magazine where she was a columnist for three years. In addition to leading private writing workshops, Judy teaches creative writing at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. She is a board member of San Diego Writers, Ink.

A Tenth Anniversary edition of A Writer’s Book of Days was released this past fall.