Friday, February 14, 2014

Spring Workshop Schedule

Workshop descriptions and pricing are below.

MARCH:

Query 101: March 3-10

How to Write a Killer Synopsis: March 17-21


APRIL:

Writer's Boot Camp: April 7-18


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS & COST:

QUERY WRITING 101 

**Due to the time-intensive critiques I offer, space is limited in this workshop.

When: March 3-10

Format: Yahoo group, lessons are emailed to the group members once a day for the first five days. Homework is required. The rest of the days are for you to draft your query & for me to critique it. You do your coursework around your own schedule.

Description:

 Learn how to write an amazing query letter! Course focuses on basic query structure, do's and don'ts, how to target the right agent for you, and how to identify your basic plot and conflict to use in writing a stellar hook. Also includes one in-depth personalized critique of your query letter.

Cost: $75 - see "Query Workshop" Paypal button on the sidebar.

HOW TO WRITE A KILLER SYNOPSIS

When: March 17-21

Format: Yahoo group, lessons are emailed to group members once a day. Light homework is required. Read the lessons and do the homework around your own schedule.

Description: Learn how to write a killer synopsis in four days! Topics covered include:

*What a Synopsis is and what it is not
*When to write a synopsis
*Correct formatting
*How long a synopsis should be
*How to identify the Voice of your manuscript & use it in your synopsis
*Which plot elements need to be included
*How to break your plot up into three key areas
*How to identify plot arcs and emotional landmarks
*How to pace your synopsis

Cost: $50 - see "Synopsis Workshop" Paypal button on the sidebar.


WRITER'S BOOT CAMP

When: April 7-18

Format: Yahoo group, lessons are emailed to group members daily. Daily word count homework is required. Additional homework will be required with some lessons. Read the lessons and do the coursework around your own schedule.

Description: Struggling with plot, structure, pacing, and getting past the beginning of your novel? Tired of taking a year to come up with a first draft? This is the workshop for you. Come prepared to learn the basics of your craft, and to utilize C.J.'s sprint method to write a rough draft in 7 weeks. Topics covered include:

*Basic plot structure
*Where to begin your story
*Subplots and how to use them
*Pacing
*How to sprint through your rough draft without losing your mind
*Backstory and what to do with it
*Giving readers that "one more page" syndrome
*Escalating your conflict
*World building
*Character development

Cost: $75

9 comments:

  1. Hi C.J
    Boy, could I use the Boot Camp kick in the butt :)
    However, could you elaborate as to whether we can use our current WIP for the exercise, or are we given a new project to work on?
    Cheers
    Sandy

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    1. You can use your current project! I don't assign projects. :)

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  2. I signed up for the Query and Synopsis classes, but need to change the email associated with them for the Yahoo Group (Paypal is my husband's email). Mine is Lucaru@yahoo.com for Ali Hubbard please. Thanks so much and I'm really looking forward to it!

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    1. Ahhh I have the same problem! I thought there would be a space to fill in my name/contact info, but it went too fast!

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    2. Hey there! Sorry I'm just now seeing this. For some reason, Blogger didn't send me comment notifications. You can always email me after receiving the confirmation and ask me to issue a loop invitation to a different email address.

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  3. Do we need to sign up with a yahoo email address to participate in the workshops?

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  4. No need for a Yahoo address. All you need is an email address. :)

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  5. I'm really interested in your writting workshop. Is any prior schooling in writting, creative writting, etc needed? Or can this be for newbie aspiring authors too?

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