For the last few years I've taught a class every summer as part of the Author's Academy at the Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore. This year the Author's Academy will be virtual to accommodate social distancing.
As before, the workshops will be held on Saturday mornings, from 10 am to noon. Here is the workshop list and calendar of classes, featuring everything a beginner-to-intermediate writer could want, taught by some great authors. (Scroll down to see the class I will teach on suspense.)
Saturday, July 11, 10 am - Noon: From Inspiration to Paper
Writers Block? What's that? Not when your brain is the most powerful organ. The brain is said to produce our every thought, action, memory, feeling and experience. Stimulate the brain and ideas will come. This interactive workshop is designed to do just that, get your creative juices flowing. You'll participate in a number of exercises designed to get you writing again. You'll leave feeling inspired and with original story ideas.
$25 per person. Instructor: Marcia King-Gamble
Saturday, July 18, 10 am - Noon: Great Beginnings
You know the great opening lines: Ishmael, Manderley, the last camel. Why do those work? And how can you create one for your own novel? And then, what about that crucial first paragraph? And a first page that will entice editors and enchant readers? How can you set the proper expectations for the story to come and make every word work? In this class, we will dissect and analyze acclaimed first lines and opening paragraphs, and reveal the writing secrets these brilliant examples offer. If you are brave enough, please bring your own first line! Hank will offer advice and guidance to set you and your book off in the right direction.
$25 per person. Instructor:Hank Phillippi Ryan
Saturday July 25, 10 am - Noon Mastering Plot Twists
$25 per person. Instructor: Jane Cleland
Saturday August 1, 10 am - Noon. Fingerprints: How Do They Really Work? $25 per person. Instructor: Lisa Black
Saturday August 8, 10 am - Noon. How to Write a Story
This workshop is $35 and includes a copy of John's book
Storyville: An Illustrated Guide to Writing Fiction.
Instructor: John Dufresne
Saturday August 15, 10 am - Noon. Conflict.
$25 per person. Instructor: Debra H. Goldstein
Saturday August 22, 10 am - Noon. Building Memorable Characters. $25 per person. Instructor: Reed Farrel Coleman
Saturday August 29, 1 - 3 pm Please note time change for this session
Self Publishing: The Perils, Pitfalls And Profits Of Self-Publishing (Plus The Fun).
$25 per person. Instructor: Paul Levine
Saturday September 12, 10 am - Noon. POV: What It Is And How To Use It. $25 per person. Instructor: Charles Todd
Saturday September 19, 10 am - Noon. Crafting Your Short Story. $25 per person. Instructor: Elaine Viets
Saturday September 26, 10 am - Noon. Dialogue: The Voices in Your Head.
$25 per person. Instructor: Michael Wiley
Saturday October 3, 10 am - Noon. Propelling Suspense with Driving Questions.
$25 per person. Instructor: Alison McMahan
Saturday October 10, 10 am - Noon. How to Find an Agent.
$25 per person. Instructor: DJ Niko
Saturday October 17, 10 am - Noon. Dexter For Real
$25 per person. Instructor: Sharon Plotkin
Saturday October 24, 10 am - Noon. Groaners: How To Keep Laughably Bad Writing Mistakes From Torpedoing Your Work.
$25 per person. Instructor: Eliot Kleinberg
For more detailed descriptions
go to www.FLauthorsacademy.com
To register, call us 561-279-7790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your payment information, and we will send you the link for Saturday morning.
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