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We have 2 new classes for the 2016 calendar. WordPress Workshop and Cause & Effect Sequences. Read more about them and register below!
Presented by Pat Haggerty
Dates: January 4-30, 2015
Deadline January 8, 2015
An author today can hardly get by without having some kind of website. If you don’t have the resources to hire a web developer, then there’s a good chance that you might find yourself out in the Internet wilds, attempting to build a site all on your own.
A quality site needs three things: vision, content, and a web site framework. The vision is the mental plan for the site and ideally it should be mapped to some brand that you are attempting to create. Once you see your site even roughly in your mind’s eye, you can start to assemble the graphics and text that will make up the site content. Finally, to get it all online, most authors will utilize some web development framework to simplify the actual development process.
WordPress is one of the most popular web development frameworks. It’s easy to install, well supported, feature rich, and with a little guidance, easy to use. This class is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to take your vision and your content, and to use WordPress to bring your site to life.
Course content will include:
Understanding WordPress and its place in the web development world
Obtaining a domain name and a WordPress enabled host
Differentiating between WordPress and WordPress.com
Determining when to use posts and when to use pages
Creating a Blog or brochure style site
Adding images, text, and other media content
Editing images (Only basics)
Obtaining and installing WordPress plugins
Linking pages and creating navigation
Establishing a standard site look with themes
Backing up your site
Lectures will be presented using videos and email discussions. Lectures are through our Yahoo Classroom Group and Pat will provide the link to the videos for the students.
After four years in the USMC, Pat Haggerty studied Actuarial Science and Computers at Georgia State University. He has spent the past 16+ years developing and delivering technical training courses for Learning Tree International and runs a successful consulting practice doing web application development for clients ranging from the United State Marines to Delta Airlines.
Seven years ago, stuck reading a mediocre book in yet another hotel, Pat decided to try his hand at fiction. He may not be published, but these days you are much more likely to find him spending his evenings writing romance than code. Patrick is an active member of RWA, RWAustralia, RWNew Zealand, and is President for GCRWA, and OIRWA.
CAUSE & EFFECT SEQUENCES
An Online Course
INSTRUCTOR: Catherine E. McLean, Author, Writing Instructor, and Workshop Speaker
DATE: February 1 – 29, 2016
FEE: $60 – Limited class size! Enroll now!
What grabs a reader’s attention and keeps them turning pages requires a smoothy flowing sequence of words and sentences that paint instant and vivid pictures in a reader’s mind. To do that means employing the fiction writing techniques and devices of Cause & Effect Sequences. This hands-on, intensive course will teach you how to use Cause & Effect Sequences to:
* add or enhance urgency, suspense, and drama to scenes and plots
* enhance the flow of the story
* validate motivations for character’s behavior, thinking, reactions, and decisions
* seamlessly enter or depart flashbacks or remembrances
* insure the reader can suspend disbelief
* produce cleaner, more marketable copy by recognizing “red flag” words that often indicate skewed cause-effects
SPECIAL NOTE: Participants may submit the first 250 words from the opening of one of their stories. Instructions for that submission will be given the first day of the course and privately critiqued by the instructor for use of Cause & Effect Sequences, however, with permission, some may be used as examples for the group.
This is a hands-on course so there will be weekly assignments that need to be turned in.
SPECIAL NOTE: This course is for writers who are familiar with story structure, writing and story terms, and who have completed and have been marketing short stories or novels.
FREE with this course: “Bloopers & Blunders”–a list of 46 common fiction writing mistakes.
“Catherine is the person to call if you want a professional read. Her attention to detail is excellent. I have also attended many of Catherine’s workshops. They are informative, fun and always knowledgeable on the basics of writing.”
– N.S., Cincinnati, OH
“She knows the mechanics of writing and the structure of story inside and out.” – J.E., Pittsburgh, PA
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Catherine McLean is a published author of short stories and novels. She’s a longtime Pennwriters member who give online and in-person workshops and has had two dozen articles published on the devices and techniques of writing fiction. For more information, visit her hub website at www.WritersCheatSheets.com.