Outstanding Openings

December 5 - 23, 2022

Presenter: Tina Tocco

Opening paragraphs can be one of the most important — and most challenging — parts of any story. Even if writers have the perfect details swimming in their brains, what’s the best way to kickstart those first lines (and keep readers reading)? Action? Dialogue? A question? 

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January 2 - 27, 2023

Presenter: Alicia Rasley

Deep POV is not for every author or every story, but when you get it right, it’s a very contemporary way of connecting your readers closely to your characters.

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January 28, 2023 on Zoom

Presenter: Becca Puglisi

In Those Who Forget History: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel, students will examine how to use backstory effectively to enhance their stories using elements of a character’s past.

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March 6 - 31, 2023

Presenter: Peter Andrews

Do you have creaking characters or plodding plots? Has your tale lost its zip? Did you pants your way into a blind alley? From time to time, everyone needs help in getting cooperation from their characters and keeping their stories on track and moving forward. This clinic is design to help you figure out what’s wrong and what to do through a series of questions, tips, discussions, diagnostics… and a little handholding.

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April 15, 2023 on Zoom

Presenter: Cynthia Owens

In Time, Place and Beyond: Bring Your Setting To Life, will examine various methods for plunging your reader into your setting and making it real.

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May 1 - 26, 2023

Presenter: Catherine Chant

It’s often said that your opening chapters are the hardest part of a book to write. Why? Because you’re trying to do so much in that small area–convey the setting, introduce characters, set up the conflict–that it’s easy to get bogged down in too much unnecessary information. It’s also very easy to lose sight of where your story actually begins and end up with opening chapters filled with backstory and character history that are better used elsewhere in the book.

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June 5 - 30, 2023

Presenter: Linnea Sinclair

You’ve written your novel. Now, how are you going to grab the attention of the agent or editor to sell it—or the book blogger to promote it? You’re going to construct and practice your pitch, beat your blurb to death and tickle everyone’s interest with your tag lines, that’s how.

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August 7 - September 1, 2023

Presenter: Tambra Nicole Kendall

Learn the essential elements of fiction writing. Creating characters, GMC, plotting, point of view, sagging middle and more. Having a good foundation for your writing by understanding the essential elements of characterization and plotting can help you create stories your readers will crave.

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October 2 - 13, 2023

Presenter: Peter Andrews

The biggest writing event of the year, November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can help you build good habits, clarify your commitment to writing, and rediscover the joy of storytelling.

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