|Posted on May 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM|
Finally, after much hard work, editing and re-editing, writing and rewriting, and hours and hours of agonising, the Naked Writing:The No Frills Way to Write Your Book! is here!!
Naked Writing: The No-Frills Way to Write Your Novel!
All over the world, at this very moment, thousands of writers are starting a novel, full of enthusiasm for their ideas. But the vast majority of those novels will fizzle by Chapter Three, and their disappointed creators will put their work away and give up on their dream. It's not that they aren't talented, and it's not that they don’t have good ideas-- what they lack are the basic tools for writing and finishing a novel. Writing is hard work. Hard, wonderful work-- and there are no shortcuts. Successful writers write. You can light candles, decorate your desk with cut flowers and crystals, choose the perfect mood music to court your Muse. But when it comes right down to the nitty gritty, it's just you and that glowing computer screen. That's when you need to know the basics of writing and finishing your novel. And that's what this course is about-- the no-nonsense, no-frills writing that will give you the tools to finish that novel and start submitting to publishers.
This intensive five-week course consists of two lessons a week, posted Saturdays and Wednesdays. We'll get your writing muscles in shape with writing exercises at the end of each lesson-- exercises designed to help move your novel along. By the end of the course you should have a clear understanding of the components of a novel, have created a logline, a brief outline, and started on the path to a workable, chapter by chapter, first draft.
You'll learn how to:
* Identify the kind of novel you want to write, and understand the elements of a good, workable idea
* Understand story structure and how to use it to make your novel flow
* Create an outline that will get you through the dry spells
* Know the important elements you must have at the start and end of each chapter
* Build characters you'll love to work with-- and readers will love to read about
* Points of View-- just who's telling this story, anyway?
* Develop plot points and sub-plots to add texture to your story
* Understand the two different types of character motivation-- and how to use them
* Tap into the magic of dialogue, and learn when narrative and backstory can help, or hinder, your story
* Keep your story flowing to a satisfying ending with all the loose ends tied up.
Duration: Five weeks
Start Dates: Ongoing
Cost: $140 Payable through Paypal
email: firstname.lastname@example.org with :writing course' in sub line
How it works:
Each Saturday and Wednesday, you will receive a lesson by email. At the end of each lesson there will be a short writing exercise which you will complete and email back for critique. We'll have a forum where participants can discuss the exercises, share experiences and help each other. You have a week to do each assignment, but the faster you work, the faster you move along. You can email questions and I'll respond, either individually or to the group, depending on the type of question. By the end of the five weeks, you'll be on your way to a workable first draft for your novel.
Glenys O'Connell has been teaching creative writing at the adult education level for more than five years, and is proud that a number of her students have gone on to see their work published. She started her writing career as a journalist, and learned early that telling an editor you couldn't write the front page lead because you were waiting for inspiration was to risk an invitation for yourself (and your Muse!) to join the lineup at the local unemployment office. She's had literally thousands of articles published, and four novels as well as two non-fiction works with a third coming in December 2011. She has also written a number of children's novels and interactive CD's. She has had two plays produced, one of which won awards in the All-Ireland One Act Plays Festival 2003. She has written in many areas of adult nonfiction, from hypnotherapy scripts to travel articles, and is currently contracted to write a book on PTSD. A book on writing is to be published later this year, titled Naked Writing: The No