September - December, 2017
Question of Queries
September 1-September 30, 2017
Need help writing a query letter? This class can help! Learn how to draft a query for agents and editors that will get their interest instead of their immediate rejection.
How do you start a query letter?
What do you include?
What turns editors and agents off the most?
What is a logline?
What is high concept?
Get the answers to those confusing issues and learn what to say and what not to say. By the end of the class you should be able to write your own personal query or have written one during class. Get help on sentence structure and making certain your writing comes to life on the page.
Writing Romantic Suspense
September 11 - October 8, 2017
This class focuses on everything to do with romantic suspense. From constructing the plot, to coming up with a good hero and heroine to how to build suspense and mix in the romance, the class looks at all those fundamental elements. But there is more to writing romantic suspense. The mix must be just right and this class shows students how to make certain they don’t shortchange the mystery or ignore the romance. It also looks at the various genres and the current market for romance.
From Beginning to End - Let's Pace Your Story
October 16 - November 12, 2017
Here’s your chance to work on making the beginning and ending of your books better. A strong start can mean a great ending. Learn the tools to make both work and make the reader want to buy your next book. But what about the middle of your book? How can you make certain the pace moves the story along to avoid that sagging middle? Learn how to use your characters and their conflicts and motivation to keep the story zipping along.
Power Writing – From Ideas to Plots to Pages
November 13 - December 10, 2017
Writing a book is not as easy as just saying that is what you want to do but given some thought and a little bit of time, you can begin to write a book, and lots more after that first one. This class can help beginning writers and even intermediate writers move from their initial story idea to developing characters, setting and plot and then learn what it takes to begin writing their book. Among the topics we will cover in class are finding story ideas; creating comprehensive characters; writing scenes, hooks and dialogue; and wrapping up the ending.