COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members Enrollment deadline: September 13, 2009 If you have specific questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE CLASS: Plotting is never easy, even for the seasoned writer. How do you keep everything straight and go in the right direction? While this class is aimed at the beginning writer, any level writer can benefit from this overview of various plotting systems. It provides explanations of ways to plot and goes into detail on how authors who write by the seat of their pants can use those ways to make their own plottingâ€”or lack of itâ€”easier.
To give you some idea of how the class will be conducted, here is a brief outline of the subjects we will be discussing in depth during the coming weeks. Weâ€™ll be including assignments to go with the various lectures, and discussing the assignments with the class members. Weâ€™ll also leave plenty of time for students to ask questions at any time.
Plot that Novel YOUR Way Outline
Week 1 1. Introduction & Greetings 2. Lesson One – A Quick look at Plotting using the 5 W’s 3. Lesson Two – The 3-act structure & Building an Outline
Week 2 1. Lesson Three â€“ Plot Points & Turning Points 2. Lesson Four â€“ Using the Story Board for Pacing
Week 3 1. Lesson Five – Introduction to the Plotting Wheel 2. Lesson Six â€“ Plotting Wheel pt. 2
Week 4 1. Lesson Seven â€“ Putting it all Together 2. Lesson Eight â€“ Plotting backwards & No Plotting 3. Wrap Up â€“ Discovering the Method that works best for you
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
Sue Viders is the author of more than 20 books, numerous articles and columns for both artists and writers. An international art marketing consultant, she was the director of the Art Education Division of Color Q, Inc. for over 30 years. Her first writing book Heroes and Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes, is used in many colleges and universities from creative writing master programs to screen writing courses. Her latest book, 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters is gaining use as a practical workbook for writers who want to further develop their characters. She is a practicing artist, seminar leader, and educator with on-line classes both for writers and artists.
Sue lives in Lone Tree, CO with her husband. Her five grown children and six grandkids live nearby. She is currently working on a coffee table book about the art of money with one of her daughters and a childrenâ€™s book with her 15 year-old grandson.
Her latest product for writers is Deal a Story; an interactive card game consisting of 101 cards and six sections and is based on her Heroes and Heroines book. Check it out at www.dealastory.com or at her blog http://dealastory.blogspot.com
Becky Martinez is an award-winning former broadcast journalist and published author who teaches classes to writing groups and conducts online writing workshops. Her latest book, a romantic suspense, will soon be published by The Wild Rose Press. Her first published romance novel was an Aspen Gold finalist. She has had several short stories published, including â€œThe Problemâ€ in July 2008 by The Wild Rose Press and she contributed a short story to an anthology that was a 2007 New Mexico Book Award finalist.
With Sue Viders, Lucynda Storey and Cher Gorman, she co-authored the writing book, Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters, a workbook for writers.She is currently working with Sue Viders on a new book on plotting.
In addition, she has worked as a publicist, public information officer and public relations consultant in the Denver metro area and has taught classes and workshops on marketing, public relations and broadcast journalism.
COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members Enrollment deadline: September 13, 2009
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