The Village Writing School Schedule
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.
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.
“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