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Summer Writer's Workshop: Description of Workshops

Saturday
JON GIBBS
WRITING YOUR BOOK ON PURPOSE 
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
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 
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
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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