This may be the easiest and most fun writing class you will ever take:
For prose writers of memoir or fiction of all lengths. You know that reading is one of the best ways to learn how to improve your own writing, but did you know you can work on your craft and eat popcorn at the same time? We’ll watch popular movies and mine them for lessons in structure, efficient delivery of information, characterization, and find places where they fall down. We’ll discuss what we’ve learned and then you’ll complete writing exercises to practice your new skills.
Selected movies will be popular (think Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, or Titanic), likely easy to get from your local library. Expect to spend approximately 2 hours watching a movie each week in addition to class participation and writing exercises.
This is a four-week ONLINE class through Lighthouse Writers Workshop - register here. Space is limited.
I'm so excited to return to the Gaithersburg Book Festival. If you're in the DC/Baltimore area, you should definitely come!
How do you decide when to stay in a scene, and when to rush a reader through? Too much scene and it's impossible to tell what matters. Too much summary and the reader can't get emotionally invested. Where's the balance? We'll look at some examples of how writers have handled this question well, and do a little experimental surgery on less successful efforts to find a happy medium. We'll discuss common errors in scene and summary pacing and look to our own writing to find places to improve.
Sure, your main character is fascinating, but what about the rest of the folks who populate your story? We’ll discuss techniques for livening up the best friends, co-workers, waiters, and assorted spear-carriers in your writing. Come prepared with some of your secondary characters who could use a personality infusion for use in exercises.
I'll be interviewing author Nicholas Sparks in celebration of the publication of his 19th novel, Two by Two, and the 20th anniversary of The Notebook.
This is a ticketed event hosted by Douglas County Libraries. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.