I'm teaching one 4-week course at Renaissance Academy meeting at the Naples Center. (Member or non-member course fees apply.)
Thursdays: 10 a.m.-noon
Revisions: Keeping the Good, Eliminating the Bad (NC5867)
4 weeks: October 23, 30, November 6, 13
Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. The real work of writing happens during the revision stage in the writing process. It's time to make decisions to rethink and develop your work-in-progress. In this workshop, participants will work with a variety of revision techniques as they polish a work-in-progress for the final stage in the writing process -- pitching to editors/agents or preparing for self-publishing. After in-class revision time, participants will share excerpts and insights to learn from each other. All types of prose are welcome, including novels, nonfiction books, memoir, personal essays, articles, and short stories. Bring a short 2-page writing sample to each class. ($100 non-member/$85) Click to register.
View the Fall 2014 Session Guide and register at Renaissance Academy of FGCU.
ACE (Adult & Community Education) Fall 2 session
Registration for the Fall 2 session, running from October 27 through December 11 will soon open. These ACE (Adult & Community Education) classes are held at Barron Collier HS on Cougar Drive in Naples. A NEW policy for the school district this year is a higher minimum student count for the classes to "go" so please register early. Visit http://collieradulted.augusoft.net/ to register or click each link below.
Fall 2 writing courses:
Writing Short Stories--Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18 -- 4 weeks
Do you enjoy reading short stories? Would you like to write fiction but don’t have time to devote to a novel? Write a short story! In this class, designed for beginners or anyone wishing to explore short stories, participants will learn from published examples while applying short fiction techniques to their own writing. Through hands-on writing exercises they will harness ideas and write a short story in three stages. We’ll explore conflict, characterization, viewpoint, and description as they contribute to plot. Tips on using viewpoint and sensory detail to engage readers, as well as story length and structure will be covered. ($69) Click to register.
Writing Fiction: Genre Details--December 2, 9 -- 2 weeks
Do you enjoy reading and writing short stories? Do you also love to read romance, mysteries, fantasy or science fiction? Then you’ll enjoy writing stories for those categories, called genres. But there are subcategories within each such as cozy, detective, or police procedural within the mystery category. Learn what elements classify each and details to consider when writing for each. ($39) Click to register.
Story Elements: Character, Scene, Setting--3 weeks
Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11
Get started on your story with these important elements. Through writing exercises learn to engage readers by crafting 3-dimensional characters and using description and specific details to create a sense of place. This 3-week course is perfect for all levels of writers. ($49) Click to register.
Story Elements: Conflict, Plot, Dialogue--3 weeks
Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9 [Note: no class Nov. 25--Happy Thanksgiving!]
Focus on specific story elements in this 3-week course perfect for all writing levels. Develop engaging stories using conflict and drama to hook the reader and tricks to craft an exciting plot. Through in-class writing, explore how dialogue and action bring the story to life. ($49) Click to register.
Revision Decisions--October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11
[Note: no class on Thursday, Nov. 27--Happy Thanksgiving!] 6 weeks
The real work of writing happens during the revision stage in the writing process. Revision is not editing; it’s time to rethink pacing and development to ensure that the author is sharing his or her story (for fiction) or knowledge (for nonfiction) in the best possible way to impact the reader. In this combination class and intensive workshop, participants will use a variety of revision techniques, complete in-class exercises, and share both exercises and excerpts of manuscript revisions with the group for feedback. Students may work with the same manuscript or several different manuscripts during the 6-week course. (Note: These techniques may not work well with poetry.) Bring a short 2-page writing sample to the first class. ($89) Click to register.
I've submitted Winter 1 and 2 course suggestions. Watch this space for updates.