All Pennwriters Courses are conducted in a “live” presentation format utilizing the Zoom platform.
If a conflict arises based on the required meeting times, please contact the instructor and Online Courses Coordinator to find a possible solution.
ALL sessions will be recorded. This class will meet on Zoom on Tuesdays in June: June 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 7PM to 8PM
A course for writers from those who’ve just now opened their first story document to the wise old owls who need to take a fresh look at enriching the stories they tell. Writers of every genre will benefit from this course.
What’s the problem? You can’t “find” your voice. Your characters are stale little cardboard versions of who they should be. You’re overwhelmed with what it takes to make them breathe and create a setting that readers can step into from page one. You’re troubled by info dumps that suffocate and cause readers to put your book down. Your work is not inspiring you to query it or to share it with your readers.
Solution: Learn to approach storytelling as an art and a science. Learn to layer key components into your manuscript and your writing life. These elements will help you create stories you’re proud to share and that grip readers from page one. What about… all the other resources that teach this exact same thing? It’s true, there are endless resources to address the problems with your writing. Kathleen will be drawing your attention to many of those resources as well as to her own writing evolution (see bio below for experience, accolades, and achievements!) and what it’s taught her. But this course is not about lectures. It won’t just highlight important elements that improve storytelling. This course will be personalized to fit the weaknesses you want to address and the strengths that make your writing unique and powerful.
So, whether you’re just beginning to write or are entrenched in your seventeenth book, this course will offer the support and space to re-ignite your passion for your work-in-progress. You’ll leave with tools to create meaningful stories that meet your standards, your genre’s standards, and your readers’ expectations.
Stringing words together in cohesive ways is a skill that many people call their own. But, using those words to create immersive worlds that bring laughter, fright, tears, delight, and wonder to readers is a whole other level of prowess. You can do this. This course will teach you how to strengthen and enrich your writing without sacrificing the pacing that is expected in your genre. Blending the skills that make a writer proficient with the art that reveals a unique, powerful voice is possible for anyone willing to do the work. Join Kathleen and your fellow writers on this magnificent writing journey.
Receive printed materials sent right to their mailbox. These will be used during and after the course ends to offer initial and continued support.
Dig into a manuscript (any length or stage you choose) in order to strengthen atmosphere, story elements, language, and voice.
Engage with Kathleen and other students during the four one hour zoom sessions.
Have access to private email and phone/zoom support during the four-week course.
Finish the personalized, collaborative course understanding the layers that create gripping writing and that those layers look different depending on genre and more.
Finish the course with the confidence to better use the tools that create magical, powerful writing in their genre.
Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, PhD, writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and Readers’ Favorite. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide. Her work has been used in university courses and appeared in Writer’s Digest, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen is co-coordinator of 22 Mindful Writers Retreats, Pennwriters Conference 2023, and is a regular presenter at conferences and in classrooms.
"Shoop weaves an extraordinary, expansive narrative, alternating between the small village of Myscowa, Poland and Donora, USA. Complete realism is created in the different geographical locales... from dialogue to setting to the structure of the plot... an incredible novel.”
--Jonah Meyer, US Review of Books
Facebook: Kathleen Shoop
Amazon: Kathleen Shoop