Pennwriters Online Class:
February 1-28, 2019
Class Title: Story Spark to Story Done – Let’s write a short story
Or send a check to Treasurer, Pennwriters, Inc. PO Box 685 Dalton, PA 18414
A hands-on course.
Short stories that capture a reader’s attention are ones that entwine Character, Conflict, and Plot. If you’ve been struggling to write short or to write more marketable fiction, this course is about:
* Learning where ideas come from and how to discover potential story idea material.
* Learning how to test a story idea to determine if there’s enough there to merit writing a draft.
* Developing a worthwhile Protagonist and understanding the built-in relationship of his or her tags and traits that provide engaging conflict, tension, and drama when pitted against “the antagonist” (which may be a who or a what).
* Providing setting and scene details that ensure a believable story world.
* Understanding dialogue is necessary to enhance action and drama.
* Understanding beginnings, middles and ends as they play into the dynamics of plot and theme.
* Learning the secrets of Point-of-View and Viewpoint to show more, tell less, and keep the reader engaged.
This is a hands-on course with exercises, cheat sheets, questionnaires, and real-time feedback from the instructor that focuses on writing a worthwhile and marketable short story.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Novelist and short story author Catherine E. McLean is a longtime Pennwriter who gives in-person and online courses and workshops on the craft of writing fiction. Her short stories have appeared in hard cover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include JEWELS OF THE SKY (sci-fi adventure), KARMA & MAYHEM (paranormal fantasy romance), HEARTS AKILTER (a fantasy/sci-fi romance novella), and ADRADA TO ZOOL (a short story anthology). Her nonfiction guidebook for writers is REVISION IS A PROCESS – HOW TO TAKE THE FRUSTRATION OUT OF SELF-EDITING.
Catherine, has anyone every told you that you are a spectacular teacher/trainer? I learn more from reading one of your posts than most other people I get info from. C.M., Wickliffe, OH
I found the course extremely user-friendly and helpful. I learned a lot of tricks that will make my writing better. Her handouts were easy to understand and very informative.
–R.B., Jericho NY