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writingschool colorVillage Writing School workshops combine high-quality instruction for the experienced writer with an informal and fun atmosphere that will put even the most timid beginner at ease.

The Village Writing School Schedule

 

July 12: Infinite Choices: Character Driven Stories ~ Pat Carr

         * Getting to know your characters before you start
        * Giving every character a motive
        * Making the reader care
        * Resolving the conflict with psychological truth
 
The workshop will feature step-by-step techniques and will give participants time to write. Each seminar should result in writers having rough drafts to work with and polish by the end of the session.
Time: 1pm - 4pm      Cost: $25
  
 
 

Ever had a great idea for a movie -- but didn’t know how to write a screenplay?  This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of the craft, how the biz works, what’s selling in Hollywood – and what’s not.

We'll study story structure, outlining, and how to get your screenplay started on the right foot.  Then we'll talk about how to get an agent.  Not an academic theory class, this workshop will be spiced up with insider tips galore.

Time: 1pm - 4pm       Cost:$25

 

Aug. 9: Framing Love Scenes & Other Major Scenes ~ Pat Carr

        * Analyzing the five major scenes of any narrative
        * Focusing on the love scene
        * Knowing when too much is too much
        * Framing the love scene into a love story
 
The workshop will feature step-by-step techniques and will give participants time to write. Each seminar should result in writers having rough drafts to work with and polish by the end of the session.
Time: 1pm - 4pm      Cost: $25


 
Winston Churchill said that History (life?) is just one damn thing after another. E.M. Forster said that “the king died and the queen died” is a story, while “the king died, and then the queen died of grief” is a plot. So how do we take a simple series of events (one damn thing after another) and turn them into a plot? More importantly, a plot that other people will want to read? This workshop will explore the characteristics of a good plot, examine several effective plot structures, and experiment with some ways to generate those structures. And then we will generate a plot or two.
 

Time: 9pm - noon     Cost: $25

 

Aug. 23: Magical Realism and the Literary Fantastic ~ Kevin Brockmeier

In our afternoon ON FANTASY & PROPHECY, Kevin will give a lecture, lead the discussion of two short stories, and open the room to questions and free-ranging discussion. If you are interested in including elements of magical realism and literary fantastic in your writing or if you're just a Brockmeier fan, come join us for illumination.

Time: 2pm - 5 pm    Cost: $25

 

Sept. 20: Vision, Voice, and Point of View ~ Pat Carr

        * Defining your vision
        * Making or breaking a story--the crucial role of point of view
        * Choosing the most effective/authentic point of view
        * Finding your voice
 
The workshop will feature step-by-step techniques and will give participants time to write. Each seminar should result in writers having rough drafts to work with and polish by the end of the session.
Time: 1pm - 4pm      Cost: $25

 

Oct. 4: Bring On The Bad Guys ~ Marian Szczepanski

Enough Sympathy Already…Bring on the Antagonists 

 

We’ll discuss the nature and purpose of antagonists in fiction and consider specific examples, both classic and contemporary, paying particular attention to how they function and what makes them memorable and unique (rather than stereotypes). Each participant is encouraged to bring a story or novel excerpt that includes a favorite (or despised) antagonist to share with the class. We’ll conclude by considering the challenges of writing about particularly heinous characters and their potential effect on readers. 

 

Time: 9am - 12pm      Cost: $25

 

Oct. 4: My Book's Journey Before & After Publication ~ Marian Szczepanski

The Long and Winding (and Rocky and Pot-holed) Road to Publication

The transformation from writer to published author can be exhilarating, as well as exhausting.  This workshop will move from the first hurdle—getting attention from the right publishing powers-that-be—to the finished product (and what to do with it). We’ll discuss the steps to publication, options available to today’s authors, and the realities of marketing your book in a social-media-saturated world.

Each participant is encouraged to bring a three-sentence “elevator pitch” designed to grab an agent’s or editor’s attention. The class will conclude with role-playing and collective editing to help participants polish their pitches.

Time: 1pm - 4pm       Cost: $25 

 

Nov. 1: The Way of the Story ~ Catherine Ann Jones

“We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads. Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.”  - Catherine Ann Jones, NY TIMES

The Way of Story offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with experiential inner discovery. Craft alone is not enough. No other writing workshop offers the solid craft to guarantee a good story along with the intangible inner dimensions of writing.

For writers of all levels & all narrative forms including plays, screenplays, stories, novels, non-fiction including memoir

 

 

For more information, contact alisontaylorbrown@me.com or 479 292-3665.

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