Author and professor Jessica Lourey will use a mixture of lecture, in-class activities, writing, and Q & A to guide you through her foolproof and exciting seven-step process for turning an idea into a novel, including:
• Writing memorable characters,
• Building a page-turning plot,
• Creating cinematic, multi-purpose settings,
• Editing effectively, and
• Finding an agent or self-publishing.
This workshop is ideal for every writer, regardless of genre or level of skill. Bring your ideas, 10 pages of your work in progress (if you have a WIP), and writing materials (paper and pen or laptop) and prepare to write that book!
(This session runs from 6-8 hours spread across one or more days based on host's need. AV equipment—screen, wireless projector or projector with USB adapter on other end of cord—required.)
Write & Publish Your Novel This Year can be modified into any one of these 50-minute, standalone workshops:
Choose Your Novel Idea
Whether you have no idea what to write about, a spark of an idea, or an idea that you love, this workshop will help get you to the next level, sharing a chart for selecting and then developing the most novel-worthy idea in your life as well as the necessary subplots needed to sustain a novel.
Crafting Compelling Characters
From Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple to William Goldman's Inigo Montoya, character is arguably the most memorable element of a novel. How do you create a full-realized unique protagonist that leaps from the page? How should you develop secondary characters as well as the protagonist’s nemesis? This class will challenge you to eliminate cardboard characterizations and create something new and fresh.
Track Your Plot
This class will teach you the art of plotting, introducing you to the surefire Bestseller in a Box method of organizing your story.
Create Cinematic Settings
“I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday,” Raymond Chandler once said, and this seemingly tossed-off remark has much to teach us about the gentle arts of setting and description. This class will guide you through the process and potential pitfalls of choosing a setting, and explore the ways in which descriptive passages can be honed to illuminate characters and themes.
A 7-step Process for Writing Your Novel in One Year
Participants will be shown how to go from idea to completed novel in seven steps . This seminar has been taught by Jessica from New York City to San Francisco, and now it's coming to your neck of the woods!
Edit with ARISE
Editing is supposed to improve your writing, but how do you know if you're doing it right? Join Jess Lourey to learn the must-haves of big-picture editing, including how to apply the ARISE method to craft a story your reader won't be able to put down. You'll leave with the power to transform your writing as well as the ultimate line-editing checklist. Bring 5 pages of your manuscript for practice. Also, please let me know if you see any errors in this description because that would be super embarrassing.
Millions of books are published each year. Want yours to be one of those, or are you simply curious as to how a manuscript becomes a published book? Join creative writing professor Jessica Lourey for insight into the process. This presentation covers snap-, self-, and traditional publishing, and attendees will leave with a handout of publishing suggestions and resources. This session is directed at fiction and nonfiction writers with a completed manuscript as well anyone curious about how a book becomes published.