The difference between an aspiring writer and a published author is following through to a finish product. Joshua Corin and Chantelle Aimée Osman will show you what it takes to get there.
Your Instructor: Authors and editors Joshua Corin and Chantelle Aimee Osman
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: September 28, 2017 - October 26, 2017
Enrollment: 16 students
Having a great idea isn't enough.
The difference between an aspiring writer and a published author is crafting those great ideas into great stories, and following through to the end of the process.
And this requires a thorough understanding of form, conflict, expectation, and how all of these must come out of character.
Here to help are you with that are Joshua Corin and Chantelle Aimée Osman—both accomplished authors and editors, and both of them ready to help you take your ideas from vision to revision.
This workshop will examine the fundamentals of a story, including: plot, point of view, setting, character, dialogue, as well as what to do after writing “the end”—including the top mistakes that editors find and correct in author’s manuscripts, from grammar to dialogue, giving you the edge toward producing a polished, finished manuscript.
Whether you're just starting out, or you're a seasoned writer looking to brush up on the basics, Joshua and Chantelle can help.
What This Class Covers
Week 1: Plot, Character, Theme
Aristotle, in his seminal textbook Poetics, identified six elements of narrative storytelling. This week you'll be investigating the first three, and how they'll help you create the content of your own stories.
Week 2: Style, Diction, Spectacle
Now that you've created your content, it's time to figure out the best form to sculpt it. For this, you'll will be returning to Aristotle, and he'll guide you into writing your first drafts.
Week 3: Self-Diagnosis
Hopefully you had the three-act structure in mind when writing your outline and your manuscript. It's still important to review at the end and make sure you hit every beat. Often, you’ll find that if your manuscript has a weak point, it’s where you’ve digressed from the structure, and you'll go over that, as well as some basic tips for less editing.
Week 4: The End Is The Beginning Is The End
You'll continue to go over most common mistakes authors make—changes in POV, echoes, lists, etc. as well as frequent grammar and punctuation errors. These are the ones that are the most difficult to identify when self-editing, so knowing what to look for in advance can be helpful.
Finally, Joshua and Chantelle will answer “what’s next?” after you write “The End”.
* Each week will include writing or editing assignments designed to help you put your new skills to the test—assignments that will be critiqued by both instructors and fellow students. There will also be opportunities along the way to ask questions—both about the course material, and writing-related subjects.
Goals Of This Class
- Know the basics: plot, character, etc. and learn how to craft them into a great story.
- Learn how characters influence plot and how plot facilitates character growth.
- Spot your own mistakes and prevent them.
- Have a clean, polished manuscript ready to send out and a basic idea of what comes next.
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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