Appearances | Classes
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January 6 - February 2, 2014
CHARACTER TORTURE 101: WRITING CONFLICT
Writing Guru Dwight Swain said that it’s the author’s job to manipulate the emotions of the reader. There’s no better way to do this than for the author to put his characters through one roller coaster episode after another, taking the reader along for the ride. But how much conflict, how much character angst is too much? How can an author keep the action from becoming cartoonish? Bantam Spectra author Linnea Sinclair answers those questions and more in this fun and fast-paced (because torturing students is good, too!) workshop that explores the importance of conflict in today’s commercial fiction novels.
February 3 - March 2, 2014
With YA Author Stacey Kade
Pants-ing for Fun & Profit: Two Anti-Plotting Writers Reveal How!
Sometimes it feels like all the world is plotting—so what’s a “pants-er” to do? Post-its on white boards, scenes on note cards, endless outlines—these techniques are fabulous…but what if outlining gives your muse the hives? Can you be a “pants-er” and get published (and continued to stay published)?
Absolutely! Join successful authors Linnea Sinclair and Stacey Kade— critique partners and dyed-in-the-wool pants-ers— to learn how to brainstorm without boundaries and plot without post-its.Harness those pants-er tendencies and make them work for you without killing the spontaneity that makes writing fun.
WRITING KICK-BUTT ACTION-ADVENTURE
Pow! Bam! Thud! Fun stuff for comic strips but potentially cartoonish when
it comes to commercial genre fiction. Yet today’s readers—raised on
explosive movies and violent video games—often crave the same kind of
excitement in a book. So how can a writer deliver action that feels real?
Learn how to perfect your techniques with former private detective (yeah,
she really did carry a badge and a gun for ten years) and award-winning
science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair, whose novels
deliver—according to reviewers: “...riveting, tightly written,
edge-of-your-seat tales that pull the reader in from page one, never letting
go… Sinclair whips her characters through a story that is as exciting and
action- packed as it is passionate… Quirky, offbeat and packed with gritty
action, this blistering novel explodes out of the gate and never looks back.” Sinclair will take students through lessons in pacing, word choice,
and research that will add “edge-of-your-seat” action to their manuscripts.
Sign up and get ready to rumble!
WORLD BUILDING FOR WRITERS, OR WHY EVERYONE IN THE GALAXY SHOULDN’T SPEAK
Commercial fiction today has become more texturally-rich with the melding
and combing of genres, from romantic suspense to urban fantasy to science
fiction romance… and beyond. Yet too often, writers ignore the depths
available and present the reader only with shades of well-known, present day
locales with a magician, vampire or rocket ship added. Or else writers go to
such depths that the novel ceases to be enjoyable fiction and instead
becomes a dry, intergalactic travelogue or magical species encyclopedic
entry. Multi-award winning science fiction and fantasy romance author Linnea
Sinclair’s workshop will teach you how to get the most out of your
multi-genre novel and explore the importance of world building. You’ll learn
how to use your ‘strangeness budget’; how to create customs, religions,
histories, politics and languages; how to maintain reader interest in things
known and unknown, and have fun at the same time.
September 2014 - With YA Author Stacey Kade
BARE NECESSITIES: CREATING THE WORKABLE BOOK-WRITING CHECKLIST
Join Linnea Sinclair and Stacey Kade for a quick-and-dirty two week workshop
that will get you ready-to-rock on your next manuscript!
September 27-29, 2013
Worthington (Columbus), OH
Linnea's in-person writing workshops: http://www.contextsf.org/workshop.htm