COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members Enrollment deadline: August 9, 2009 If you have specific questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE CLASS:
â€œShow – Donâ€™t tellâ€ â€“ If you have been in the writing business for any time at all you have likely come upon this phrase. Editors love to use it. But what does it mean? Answering that question will be the focus of this course.
Hereâ€™s an example of two exercises we will work on together:
â€œWhat Jim said really angered Mary.â€ How might you convey this scene using only a description of Maryâ€™s body language.
Which one of these two actions would be the least provocative?
â€œShe flipped her hair back off of her shoulder with the back of her handâ€ or â€œShe swung her head, causing her hair to fall back off of her shoulder.â€
You might say that we will learn how to better stir the blood of our readers by creating more believable romance characters through descriptions of body language and vocal gestures. What are vocal gestures? You can find one of them in the sentences above that signals â€œa lack of commitment.â€ Did you find it?
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
William I. â€œBillâ€ Edmunds, a freelance writer, teacher and frequent speaker, is a retired Police Lieutenant. Starting prior to his retirement from full-time police work, Bill serves as an instructor in advanced interview and interrogation techniques and statement analysis for Behavior Analysis Training Institute (B.A.T.I.) headquartered in Santa Rosa , CA . He has personally participated in the training of more than 11,000 law enforcement professionals, teaching on how to detect deception and get to the truth.
He has served on the staff of the Mount Hermon Writerâ€™s conferences for a number of years and has taught on, â€œHow to Create More Believable Fiction Characters,â€ at best selling author, Lauraine Snellingâ€™s Advanced Fiction Writers courses.
He has two books currently in print. â€œAll Roads Lead to Zion ,â€ published by Paracletus Press, (www.RoadstoZion.com) and â€œMaryâ€™s Lavish Gift,â€ published by Every Good Gift (www.Everygoodgift.com). He and his wife, Joan, reside, romantically, together in Clearlake , CA .