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Summer Writer's Workshop: Description of Workshops

Saturday
JON GIBBS
WRITING YOUR BOOK ON PURPOSE (Part I morning; Part II afternoon)
In this fun, interactive workshop, Jon works with attendees to help them find their own process of transforming ideas into first drafts, and a first drafts into publishable manuscripts.
INCLUDES: From Idea to Finished Draft; Outlines, Friend or Foe? Recognize and Embrace Your Narrative Voice; Sub-Plots and Seeds; Trusting Your Reader; Adding Tension

JENNIFER R. HUBBARD
BEGINNINGS, MIDDLES, AND ENDINGS (Part I morning; Part II afternoon)
This workshop will explore the three main parts of any story: Where to start? How to end? And what needs to happen in the middle? Jennifer will give examples and discuss strategies. There will be time for Q&A and class discussion.

Participants should bring current work in progress and/or finished manuscript

Sunday
JON GIBBS
MEET THE CAST OF YOUR BOOK (Part I morning; Part II afternoon)
Participants work with Jon to develop memorable story characters and make the existing cast of their current works in progress more relatable/interesting.
INCLUDES: Auditioning Characters; The Role of Sidekicks, Villains and Secondary Characters; Making Sure Your Character’s Right for the Part; Why All Your Characters Should Hate You; How Do Events Change Your Characters?; Characters and Character Voice; Talking Heads (and how to avoid them); Keeping it Real (Without Actually Keeping it Real).

JENNIFER R. HUBBARD
REVISION: TURNING A FIRST DRAFT INTO A FINISHED STORY (Part I morning; Part II afternoon)
Most of writing is rewriting. In this workshop, we’ll look at tools and techniques to convert a rough draft into a polished story. Topics will include responding to feedback, adding layers and depth, avoiding common pitfalls, and lessening the pain of cutting a manuscript.

Participants should bring current work in progress and/or finished manuscript


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