Learn to create compelling first-person narrators who drive your fiction and take it to a new level. 100% Online--Available Everywhere!
Your Instructor: Vanessa Veselka (author of Zazen)
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Enrollment: 16 Students Maximum
Learn to create compelling first-person narrators who drive your fiction and take it to a new level
Where: Online-- Available everywhere!
Enrollment: 16 Student cap
Your Instructor: Vanessa Veselka (author of Zazen)
Craig Clevenger on Vanessa Veselka
"Two things Vanessa does brilliantly: First, she knows exactly when to bend the rules, which speaks to her mastery of them. Second, she has an uncanny ability to bypass the events of her life and instead create fiction from their essence. She doesn't write by suturing together the vaguely altered facts, but transforms them completely while still being faithful to the underlying truth."
We have all read or written work where the author’s agenda seems to drive the narrative, and characters felt more like sock puppets than people we might meet. But this raises a question: Where do we put all the intensity we feel about the world without ruining a work? One place we can ground passion and conflict is in narrative voice. Since many of us write, or start out writing first person narratives, this workshop will focus exclusively on voice and exploring the difference between your voice as an author, and the voice of your narrator. Over the course of the workshop we will work with what you bring and with exercises done over the life of the class. We will not be working toward a polished work so much as a deeper freedom with the medium.
What you'll get includes:
- Original and exclusive lecture content generated specifically for this course
- The chance to study with the author of award-nominated novel Zazen
- Instructor and peer critique within a supportive environment
- Writing assignments designed to release the power of authentic character voice
- Insightful commentary that directs you to new depths of character logic and exploration
What This Class Covers
Week 1: Who Is Telling The Story?
Is it the character? Or the author in drag? We will spend some time undressing the narrator.
Week 2: How Do We "Hear" A Voice On The Page?
We will spend some time on sentence-level cues and ‘types’ of voices…
Week 3: Secret Agendas
First person narrators and information delivery, or the difference between intrigue and just being annoying.
Week 4: The Limits of First Person Narration
Or, tone and sustainability in voice.
Week 5: Dialing It In
We will work toward finding the right mix on voice and talk about layers within one voice.
Goals Of This Class
- Learn to “hear” your characters and operate with maximum respect for individual character voices.
- Discover some secrets of how to use voice to create tension and control information.
- Produce at least one 1500 - 2500 word passage of first person narration that is strong and intentional.
- Achieve the skills to bring a high level of individual truth to your future projects driven on clear and compelling narrators & narrative voices.
How Our Classes Work:
This course happens in a dedicated online classroom space that's private to registered students and available to you around the clock, regardless of your time zone or work schedule. The lectures, assignments, critiques, and classroom discussions take place in an organized and text-driven format that gives you a daily opportunity to practice your writing skills with the added reassurance that content remains available for your review long after the class is over. We'll offer a couple of optional live phone conference opportunities as well, for enhanced support and personal connection, but we find the best results for students abide in writing classes where well over 90% of your interactions require an immersion in the very skills you're here to practice.
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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