6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Structuring Your Novel
Instructor: Jeanne Estridge
You've written a novel, but somehow it just doesn't grab you the way you'd hoped. Or you love it, but when you send it out into the world, all it gathers is rejection slips. Or maybe you just want to know more about
the nuts and bolts of plotting. If any of these describe your current writing situation,
then this class may be for you. Through lecture, examples and hands-on exercises,
local writer and plotting wonk Jeanne Estridge shares the techniques used by bestselling
authors and successful screenwriters to craft compelling stories. Because of the
intense nature of this course, registration will be limited to six participants. The class will be most helpful for the writer with a completed first draft.
Location: Oakwood Starbucks (Conference Room), 2424 Far Hills Avenue
This Class is Now Closed-Sign up for the Wait List on the Registration
April 28-May 19
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Craft Class: Character
Of all the elements of fiction, character is the most important. From the
very opening pages of your story, your main character is responsible for giving the reader some reason to care and keep reading.
But how do you evoke that kind of identification with the reader? This 4 week class will provide several exercises to strengthen
your characters, develop their backstory, handle their physical description, and create their voice. We’ll examine how
motivation effects character, and all the techniques available in a writers’ toolbox to develop a protagonist (and antagonist)
a reader can’t forget. Participants will read PRODIGAL SUMMER by Barbara Kingsolver to examine character development
over the course of a whole novel rather than just looking at samples taken out of context from a work. Class members must
obtain their own copies of the novel (it is available in many editions, including softcover and eBook format, and in all local
libraries). Ideally, participants will have the novel finished by the second class meeting. This class will help you create
a character, or give more depth to a character you’re already working with in a work-in-progress.
Oakwood Starbucks (Conference Room), 2424 Far Hills Avenue
Cost: $150 (Price includes a $10
Starbuck's gift card) Register
by 3/31 and receive $10 off!
April 30-May 21
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Craft Class: Symbols
Instructors: Katrina Kittle
& Darren McGarvey
Part English class and
part writing class this seminar will take you to the works of greats like Fitzgerald, Salinger, O'Conner, and even William
Shakespeare to look at how they used the power behind an ordinary object or color in their stories and how those objects had
an effect on both plot and character, then you'll
be given prompts and exercises to help you both recognize the power of such objects in your own writing—and to find
and strengthen the symbols already buried like artifacts in your manuscript.
Location: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN CLASS LOCATION-Flyboy's Deli (Upstairs),
2515 Far Hills Avenue
Cost: $150-Register by 3/31 and receive $10 off!
Katrina Kittle will evaluate novel drafts and provide in-depth, detailed feedback
throughout the novel, as well as a lengthy summary at the end of what is working/what are the manuscript's strengths and suggestions
for revision. Fee varies based on length of the project.
Fill out an inquiry on our Registration page for
information, details, and availability.