PLOT CONFLICT: Making your characters' choices harder.
THE SERIES NOVEL:
CRAFT: Archetypes versus stereotypes.
PLOT CONFLICT: What kinds there are and how to insert them.
THE DREADED PLOT HOLE:
CHARACTER EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
WORLDBUILDING: Magic Systems.
CRAFT: Seven things characters do too much.
BLOGS: Putting gadgets on your sidebars.
AGENT QUERIES: What to do and not to do.
CREATING SUSPENSE WITH FORESHADOWING:
SHOULD YOU USE A PEN NAME?
BLOG SECURITY: Blog Hacking.
USING IMAGERY, SYMBOLISM AND FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE:
VISUAL CUES AND GESTURES IN WRITING CHARACTER: Includes list of possibilities.
INTRODUCING A CHARACTER:
POV: Using multiple viewpoints.
PUBLISHING: To self-publish or not.
FREEWARE FOR WRITERS:
GREAT EXAMPLES OF THE TAGLINE: The article in on the YA market but has some great examples of premise hooks.
ONE LINE QUERY HOOKS THAT SOLD BOOKS:
LINKS TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF THESAURI:
THE LANGUAGE OF THE EYES IN FICTION:
CONTRACTS: Clause of First Refusal.
QUERIES: What to put in your bio. paragraph.
THE WRITER'S PHOTO:
Marilynn's Workshop Schedule and Information Links
Writing the First Chapter, January 3-31, 2011.
Drawing a reader into the first chapter of your novel is more than an exciting beginning, more than a “cute meet,” more than a sexy hero and a feisty heroine. Step by step, I'll show you the craft needed to draw the reader into your novel and make her eager to keep reading. I'll also show you how to set up the goals for the main characters and for the novel.
Writing in the Moment, April 11-May 8, 2011
How to get your voice, viewpoint, and craft so perfect that you disappear and your story comes alive. Lots of worksheets.
The Blurb: Mother of All Promotions July 25-August 7, 2011
A blurb is the pithy description of your novel in a query letter, the short "elevator pitch" used at a writer's conference, the log line for online promotion, and the all important back cover copy for a published novel. Without a great blurb, a novel won't be noticed by agents and editors.
Marilynn Byerly--creator of a blurb system used by university publishing courses, publishers, and many authors-- will show you how to create that perfect blurb for your novel. The course will include a number of worksheets and in-class blurb analysis.