• Writing CLASSES

  • ONLINE CLASSES

    Plotting and Outlining for Novelists

    Start date TBA

    This class will lead students through the steps necessary to adopt working outlining techniques to aid in developing a solid plot — the foundation for a novel. This two-part course is oriented on offering tools to outline and then begin the process of plotting a novel.

     

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    Mastering the Scene

    Start date: TBA

    The scene is the basic component of the short story and the novel. Failure to master the minimum requirements of design, composition, intensity, causal linkage and construction will ultimately cause a story to fail. No great idea, no wonderful story concept, no terrific plot, no unique angle will overcome a writer’s lack of adequate skills in writing scenes.

     

    This course is primarily a workshop on writing effective, impactful scenes.

     

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    Writing the First Novel

    Start date: TBA

    Starting a novel without a plan or a set of goals can result in a nightmarish and seemingly endless process. A good process will turn out the best novel with the least amount of unnecessary work.

     

    That process is the heart of this 10-week course, which offers advice on what to write as well as how to write. It is a course designed to fill your writer’s toolbox with the myriad tools you will need for the many different tasks you face in writing a first novel.

     

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    Draft in 70 Days

    Start date: TBA

    This is an advanced workshop in actually writing your novel. No exercises, no lectures, no homework, nothing but writing, writing, writing until you have finished a full first draft of your novel.

     

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  • in person

    In beautiful Kalispell, Montana at Flathead Valley Community College

    Writing the First Novel

    Start date: Feb 4, 2020

    Starting a novel without a plan or a set of goals can result in a nightmarish and seemingly endless process. A good process will turn out the best novel with the least amount of unnecessary work.

     

    That process is the heart of this 10-week course, which offers advice on what to write as well as how to write. It is a course designed to fill your writer’s toolbox with the myriad tools you will need for the many different tasks you face in writing a first novel.

    Plotting and Outlining for Novelists

    Start date: Oct 1, 2019

    This class will lead students through the steps necessary to adopt working outlining techniques to aid in developing a solid plot — the foundation for a novel. This two-part course is oriented on offering tools to outline and then begin the process of plotting a novel.

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