Just about one year ago Kris and I started the Online Workshops after years of resisting doing so. I find it hard to believe that it’s been a year. I honestly figured we would stop after six months or so.
But so far people seem to be learning and I’m still having fun and learning from everyone who takes a class, which is why I guess I didn’t notice it had been a year until someone mentioned that to me the other day.
I learn from answering the questions, and from being forced to think things through all the time as this new world changes. The moment the learning for me stops, we’ll stop the workshops. But for now we are scheduled through the fall and maybe into the spring since I’m still feeling excited about it.
As the year went by, we added in other workshops from the first group. We added in Cover Design and Interior Design with Allyson Longuiera teaching most of those. And Kris and I put together World Building and Plotting workshops. And then just this month we added in Promotions and next month will add in the craft workshop Pacing.
We have ideas for other workshops to add in this fall and winter, so watch for those as well. (No hints, sorry, but suggestions welcome.)
But now, as we go over this one year date, in a series of posts I want to detail out what each workshop is about and how it has functioned at this first year point. In other words, give a little more information about each workshop for those of you thinking of taking a workshop this fall or winter, now that we are coming through the summer vacations and travel season.
It is amazing how writers turn back to writing after the summer. And really, really ramp up after Christmas. (grin)
So first up, How to Plot Your Novel and World Building Workshop. Both of these workshops work standing alone, but also sort of fit together, which is why we started them together last spring.
How to Plot Your Novel workshop
Everything you might think you need and a ton more about how to plot a novel, from idea to finished plot. Includes such topics as plot threads, viewpoints, pacing, and a ton more. This will take you from an idea to a full novel outline and teach you how to do it any time you want without fear.
I think the key to this workshop is that it can help writers at two levels. If you are afraid of novels, or are getting stuck writing them, this workshop will step-by-step get you through the basics of understanding novels and killing the fear of writing a novel.
This is also helping writers release themselves from a ton of the myths involved with writing novels, helping them understand structure of novels so that they can just write without outlines, or with very small outlines.
Of course, over the six weeks and five assignments and forty-plus videos, there is a ton more.
(Offered starting September 3rd and November 5th, 2013)
WORLD BUILDING workshop
How to make the worlds in your fiction seem real, including how to build science fiction worlds, mystery worlds, fantasy worlds and so much more. And how to present the worlds in a way that readers can follow them without huge information dumps. Hundreds of tricks and details about how to put a world together and make it real in any genre.
I think over the few times we have done this workshop, the biggest value to the writers taking it has been the understanding of how to get a massive world into a story. There are all sort of tricks and ways to do that covered in this workshop.
Second, the fear of world building is taken away with this workshop. You build worlds step-by-step and this workshop makes it seem easy. Again, when you look at a world like George Martin built, or Kristine Rusch built with her Retrieval Artist novel, or even Stephen King built in Under the Dome, they look to be too much work. But in reality, they are not. And this workshop not only gives you a ton of tricks and methods over the six weeks and forty-plus videos, but it will knock down the fears.
(Offered starting September 4th and December 2nd, 2013)
BASIC WORKSHOP INFORMATION
– Each workshop is limited to 12 writers.
– Each is six weeks long.
– Each has five assignments that are not required, but suggested.
– Each writer gets personal feedback at one level or another on assignments.
– Each week is done at the writer’s own pace and usually takes about four hours total per week per workshop.
– Many writers have taken more than one workshop per month.
– There is a forum section on each workshop for more public questions. Private questions are welcome as well.
– Each week there is a general video talking about the assignments.
– Starting day of each workshop is the day each week starts.
– Each six week workshop costs $300.00 Sign-up information and full list of workshops and schedule under Online Workshops Tab.
Any questions, feel free to contact me. I will do two more workshops each day until I get through the list. Comments welcome, of course.