Workshops Category

Titles

I’ve been adding new classes to my Outschool listing, one of which is a critique group style class. This last Thursday was our first meeting. We wound up talking about titles. Well, titles are not my strong point. Many of my projects have gone through half as many titles as revisions–and I revise a lot. […]

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Map Workshop

I thought I’d take a moment to share a resource I’ve found both enjoyable and helpful. I have often felt intimidated by drawing maps of my created worlds, but doing Holly Lisle’s Maps Workshop helped me realize how simple sketching a map can be (and that it doesn’t have to look professional or pretty to […]

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Workshop Invitation

A week after I submitted my query, I checked my email. I didn’t have an email from the agent, but I did have one from the event coordinator of my SCBWI chapter. She asked if I would lead a workshop this spring! I am so excited. I have wanted to lead some workshops or classes, […]

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Changing Meanings

In one of my workshops, we were happily going over a friend’s excerpt, commenting on this and that when our faculty leader drew our attention to the first page. The time was predawn, the setting a city street. A gaggle of girls stood on the corner twittering. The sentences the author had written evoked such […]

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Cutting Characters, Left and Right

“Sooooo, did you catch last night’s episode of popular reality show? Yeah, no? You missed a good one, man. You missed a good one. They were kicking people off left and right. And like, some people got kicked on. And uh, I mean, you should a watched it, man. You definitely should a watched it. […]

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One Lump or Two?

I just read an interesting article at the Teaching Authors blog on food and fantasy. It reminded me of an exercise I did once for a big project. I wanted to get to know my characters better, so I wrote a few questions for them. A couple of the questions were “What is the character’s […]

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Planning for Next Semester Already?

I’m about halfway through with my last packet, and I have two weeks until I have to stick it in the mail. I’ve read a dozen picture books, two novels, two MG non-fiction books, and some other bits and pieces. I’ve also written about 20 pages of my science fiction novel as well as 20 […]

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From My Point of View . . .

Several people have told me that I need to work on point of view (POV). Most of the people in my workshop told me that I kept switching POV’s. I asked them if they thought maybe I should use a different POV, and they suggested omniscient as opposed to third-person. I tried that only to […]

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