A sliding scale writing workshop

So, I remember what it was like when $250 for a workshop wasn’t possible. I just didn’t have the money.

Part of the reason I offer workshops online is that there are a lot of people for whom taking  time off work, or away from the family isn’t possible.

But that doesn’t stop the desire to improve as a writer, does it?

I’m offering a one-day intensive on writing rounded characters. This is a sliding scale workshop and is specifically for people who can’t afford to attend a regular workshop. You don’t have to submit a writing sample, or jump through any hoops to apply. Just pay what you can. If that’s $5, that’s fine. If it’s $50. Cool.

I just ask that if you can afford to pay for a full workshop, in this case $150, that you sit this one out. It’s part of my regular weekend intensive. I’m only breaking it out into a single day because I figure there are folks who can ask for one day off from work, but not two.

This class is designed to help develop characters through the use of tight, specific point of view. We’ll look at how the language you use in narration and dialogue can affect a reader’s perception of your character.

The workshop uses lecture, exercises, and in class critiques to help you develop the tools to create more rounded characters.

Classes will be taught via G+ on June 21

REGISTRATION OPENS Saturday, April 26 at noon Central

Class requirements: You need an interest in writing, but you do not need to have written or published anything yet. You also must be able to use G+ Hangouts (Note: You don’t need a web camera, although they’re useful, but you do need a working microphone, a G+ account, the internet and some headphones so you can hear us).

It is an all day intensive. Do not plan anything else that day.

(All times are in Central time)

8 am-10am

Introduction, discussion of POV using specificity, and focus. Exercise 1: Context

11:30pm
Post assignment/meal break

1:00pm-2:15pm
Critique of homework. Second POV assignment

3:30pm
Post assignment

4:30pm-6:30pm
Discuss nature of dialog, use of rhythms to distinguish character. In class exercise, followed by homework.

7:30pm
Post assignment/meal break

8:30pm-10:30pm
Critique homework

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8 Responses

  1. Charlotte Ashley

    This is amazing. I talked myself out of cheekily replying “Ha ha, I don’t suppose you offer scholarships” to the first workshop – you have anticipated me entirely. Thank you for this. Truly.

  2. Paul (@princejvstin)

    Its wonderful you are doing this, Mary. If I wasn’t going to 4th Street this June weekend…I’d sign up.

  3. Monica Littlefield

    I think it’s really wonderful you’re doing this. And I can’t think of a better birthday present to myself! I can’t wait.

  4. Nichole

    This is such a great thing! I want to applaud you for doing this on so many levels, for giving back, for being generous, etc. I wonder if my friend would hate me if I missed her wedding…..:)

    I really hope you’ll do another one of these. I would love to attend.

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