COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members Enrollment deadline: January 10, 2009 If you have specific questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Because they encompass timeless motifs, mythic elements can add an extra layer of depth to a novel, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or fantasy. Mythic elements have contributed to the success of many stories from Star Wars and The Princess Bride to O Brother, Where Art Thou, Troy, and Raiders of the Lost Ark trilogy. During this four week course weâ€™ll examine some metaphoric functions that help build emotional resonance and memory.
Through illustration, exercises, and resources weâ€™ll discuss: Â· connections between external geography and â€˜internalâ€™ landscapes Â· symbolic power of setting as mirrors and maps Â· emotional resonance of â€˜soul languageâ€™ Â· truth in allusion and echoes Â· metaphors and symbols
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Marcy Weydemuller received a B.A. in history and sociology from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and an M.F.A. in writing from Norwich University in Vermont with a special focus on YA fantasy and poetry. In addition to teaching creative writing classes she taught college freshman for five years and is a member of SCBWI. Currently she is pursuing her own writing projects and some freelance editing.
Coming in February â€“ Show Up Naked: Keys to Writing the Male Point of View with Chris Redding To woo a woman you have to do a long grocery list of things including give flowers and chocolates. For men, you merely need to show up naked and bring food. Chris will talk about how men think about life, sex, love and how they really view women.
COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members Enrollment deadline: January 12, 2008 Moderator: Kitty Bucholtz at email@example.com
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Pitch Perfect: Getting to the Heart of your Romance Novel or Womenâ€™s Fiction Story (for pitching and for querying)
Everyone needs to learn how to pitch. Okay, maybe everyone except those few heavy hitters who have the luxury of only having to share a vague idea about a story with their editors because their stuff always sells well (we hate them, but letâ€™s move on…).
So, the rest of us need to be able to present our story ideas within query letters, synopses, and during frightening agent and editor appointments at writing conferences!
â€¢Can you use a 3-word phrase to describe your story? How about in one sentence? â€¢Can you capture the essence of your tale in 25 words or less? â€¢When your listener wants to know more about your story, do you know what to say and, more importantly, what NOT to say? â€¢Do you know the biggest benefit of having an agent or editor appointment at a national or regional writing conference?
The main goal of this class is to help you understand the different types (and lengths) of pitches you need to prepare, and for you to learn several ways and styles of organizing your pitch (that you can utilize in query letters as well as agent/editor appointments).
What do you get? If you read and comprehend all the lectures plus complete all the assignments, you will create your very own pitch that you can utilize for query letters, synopsis blurbs, and/or as a verbal pitch to agents and/or editors at conference appointments. Or, this process will clearly point out where you need to do some more work on your story. It might be a painful awakening that you have some serious revising to do, but it will be time well spent.
Either way, youâ€™ll have gotten to the heart of your story.
About the Instructor:
After much hard work and the help of many other published and unpublished writers, Janet Wellington sold her first romance manuscript in 1998. Now, in addition to her own writing, she also teaches writing workshops at conferences and online. And she believes in giving back to the writing community and coaches other writers on craft and how to navigate the publishing maze through her business called Wellington Word, where she offers line-editing and manuscript critiquing.
Her favorite mantra is: If you’re going to dream, dream big…and do it! And she adds, “Getting published is a miracle achieved by four things: (1) Courage, (2) Perseverance, (3) Luck, and (4) Talent…usually in that order!”
PITCH PERFECT with Janet Wellington January 14 – February 10, 2008
An Irish lady from a scandalous family gets a chance at a Season in London and an opportunity for revenge, but her schemes stir up an unknown enemy and spark danger of a different sort in the person of a handsome young Viscount. More info →