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OCC/RWA January Online Class

December 30, 2008 by in category Blogs tagged as with 0 and 0
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Hi everyone! Check out the exciting online classes offered by the Orange County Chapter of RWA!

Add Depth to Your Novel with Mythic Elements
With Marcy Weydemuller
January 12, 2009 – February 7, 2009

Enrollment Information soon to be posted at http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html

COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: January 10, 2009
If you have specific questions, email occrwaonlineclass@yahoo.com

ABOUT THE CLASS:

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 we’ll examine some metaphoric functions that help build emotional resonance and memory.

Through illustration, exercises, and resources we’ll discuss:
· connections between external geography and ‘internal’ landscapes
· symbolic power of setting as mirrors and maps
· emotional resonance of ‘soul language’
· truth in allusion and echoes
· 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.

Enrollment Information soon to be posted at http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html
COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: January 10, 2009

Coming in February – 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.

For a full class roster, go to http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html Our 2009 class roster will be added soon.

Want to be notified personally two weeks before each class? Be sure you’re signed up for our Online Class Notices Yahoo Group! Sign up at the bottom of http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html or send a blank email to OCCRWAOnlineClassNotices-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

PITCH PERFECT with Janet Wellington

January 14 – February 10, 2008

Enrollment Information: http://www.occrwa.com/classes_January.htm

COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: January 12, 2008
Moderator: Kitty Bucholtz at kittyrosebucholtz@yahoo.com

ABOUT THE CLASS:

Pitch Perfect: Getting to the Heart of your Romance Novel or Women’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 let’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!

•Can you use a 3-word phrase to describe your story? How about in one sentence?
•Can you capture the essence of your tale in 25 words or less?
•When your listener wants to know more about your story, do you know what to say and, more importantly, what NOT to say?
•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, you’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

Enrollment Information: http://www.occrwa.com/classes_January.htm

COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: January 12, 2008

For more information, please see the website http://www.occrwa.com/classes_January.htm or email moderator Kitty Bucholtz at kittyrosebucholtz@yahoo.com

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