The Writer’s Road Trip #6 is coming soon. Check out all the terrific workshops happening October 13th. Find more details on WRT’s Facebook page.
Read the descriptions of workshops. You’ll find something you like.
ACCIDENT: TYPE AND CROSS MATCH
(Subject: Personality Types)
How would you react in a road side accident? How would your protagonist of antagonist behave? Just as there are different blood types, there are different temperaments. As an author, you may act differently; so, might your characters. Come an explore two different type measurement systems. We will take one type and explore it in depth so that you may glean the amount of information you will acquire to delve more in depth within your characters.
DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS
(Subject: Project Your Personality)
Learn to develop modified projective techniques to broaden and deepen your character’s personality. This is an interactive class.
(Subject: Getting Conflict on the Page)
This workshop will consist of exercises to remind the writer that conflict needs to be on every page — and actually in almost every paragraph — of your fiction. We will get even with everybody who has ever annoyed us in any way, without triggering a Protection from Abuse order. We will develop a Poison Cabinet. Yes, it’s gonna get ugly in there.
Malt balls will be available for participation.
COMPACT CAR OR SEDAN
(Subject: Writing a Short Story – Easier Than a Novel?)
Short stories by definition would seem to be easier to write than an entire novel: less words, less characters, less complicated. Simple.
But writing a good short story is not as easy as it would first appear. Many people struggle to weave plot, characters, conflict, setting, and back story into a limited number of words.
In this workshop we’ll look at ways to incorporate seven elements of a full-length manuscript into that tight word count and create a story as memorable as any novel.
- How Short Is Short?
- Back Story
ARRIVING ON TIME
(Subject: Time Management. How to Get Your Writing Done)
In this session, we’ll discuss how to accomplish your writing goals. Learn how to prioritize, quit procrastinating, and manage the little time you have for writing. Get tips for organizing story ideas and learn how to keep going even when the going is tough.
BABY ON BOARD
Debra Ray Sanchez
(Subject: Writing Children’s Books.
From Ages to Stages)
Writing for the children can be rewarding. It can also be frustrating. There are many things to consider when writing for children. This workshop will focus on basic principles of writing for children. Workshop includes hands on exercises, if time permits.
- Age of the Reader:
o Parent Reading to Child; Beginning Reader, Stage Action/Directions
Type of Book:
o Picture, Easy Reader, Chapter, Middle Grade, YA
- Reading and Interest Levels of Books:
o Balancing Levels, Interest and Ability, Age Appropriate Material, Ability vs Maturity level
- Specific Rules of Formatting:
- Certain Number of Words Per Page/Chapter/Book, Certain Number of Pages in a Book, For Self-Publishing (font styles, font sizes, page layout)
BREAKDOWNS ALONG THE WAY
(Subject: The Nightmares and The Triumphs: Real Stories from the Road to Publication)
These real-life writing and publishing stories will change the way you see your book’s path. Learn what kept these authors awake at night, why size matters, what costly mistakes they made, (and more), so you don’t have to. With over twenty-years experience in helping authors move from manuscript to publication, Jamie will share the insider secrets you need to know to enhance your book’s success, regardless of how you choose to publish.
STOP OR YIELD
Hate the comma? Love the comma? Baffled by comma “rules?” You need no English or grammar manual to end this comma trauma. Learn the simple guidelines and take a commonsense approach to commas that nets effective, smoothly-flowing fiction, storytelling, and dialogue.
There will be hands-on exercises to enhance your skill and increase your confidence with comma usage.
IF TIME PERMITS— Get hands-on help and feedback by bringing two copies of up to three sentences of your work on one page, double spaced, done in 12-point Courier New font. Put your name and email address at the upper right corner. Or—if you’ve read a book and a sentence’s comma usage baffles you, make two copies of the passage (be sure to give the work’s title and author’s name).
Driving Traffic: The Nuts and Bolts
(Subject: If You Write It…Will They Find It? Help Readers (Even Agents and Publishers) Find Your Work on a Crowded Highway)
If you write it, will they read it? A gazillion books are pubbed every year. How will readers find yours? Marketing isn’t a dirty word. And you’ll have to market, even to publishers and agents. Learn how to Drive Traffic to your books, whether trad or indie pubbed.
(Subject: Mistakes Writers Make When They “Think” They’re Ready to Submit)
Do you think you’re ready to submit? Or have you already taken the plunge only to receive rejections or no response? In this workshop, we’ll look at all the little mistakes we might overlook or be blind to in our own pages: POV shifts, passive writing, lack of tension, and being too nice to your characters.
LITTLE RED CORVETTE
(Subject: Red Herrings and the Moon Walking Bear)
Geared mostly toward mystery authors—do you fear your mysteries are too easy to solve? Do your readers know whodunit before you want them to? In this workshop, learn how to lead your reader down the wrong path with believable red herrings and misdirection techniques.
WHO’S DRIVING YOUR CAR
(Subject: Who’s Telling the Story – Viewpoint and POV
Point-of-view is the central device of fiction. It can be one of the hardest things to learn, and it needs to be right before submitting or publishing your story. In this workshop we’ll look at the difference between view point and point of view. We’ll explore how deep point of view is one of the best ways to create memorable characters your readers will never forget.
Various Points of View
Whose Voice Will the Reader Hear?
Who Is Your View Point Character?
How Far Are They From the Action?
Wide Angle View
Leave and Stay
YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE
(Subject: How to Devise a Magic System that Won’t Disappoint)
Why can’t the wizards in the Harry Potter series solve the problems of violence, disease, or hunger? Why doesn’t Gandalf magically destroy the One Ring? By analyzing some of our most beloved fantasy, we can understand the rules for developing our own magical systems. We’ll discuss what makes magic captivating, and how it can fail in fiction.
Debra Ray Sanchez
(Subject: Stage Playwriting.
From Page to Stage)
Writing for the STAGE is not the same as writing for the PAGE. It is also not the same as writing for the SCREEN. This workshop will focus on basic principles of writing for live stage performance.
- Elements of a play:
o Character development
o Dialogue & Monologue
o Stage Action/Directions:
Workshop includes hands on exercises, if time permits.
ROAD TRIP SELFIES
(Real-Life Perspective For Memorable Characters)
Stories help us make sense of life, so it follows that life should inspire our stories. But life’s a messy affair, muddled by emotions and unforeseen events. We’ll pare away at the chaos of the human condition to reveal the elements that drive memorable characters through the mechanics of story.
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