Sample Writing Academy Schedule

Topic

Date

Curiosity, Intrigue, and Death: Writing Enticing Openings

9/12/20

Outlining

 

Formatting - Using Styles in MS Word

 

Plot and Story

 

 

 

Creating Natural Dialogue

 

Setting

 

Psychic Distance

 

Narrative Voice: Making POV Work for You

 

Writing Diverse Characters with Sensitivity

 

Conflict and How to Dress for It

 

Thanksgiving Break

 

Character Development

 

Creating rich secondary characters

 

Break for holidays - no class

 

 

What am I talking about?

 

Showing not Telling

 

Writing Flash Fiction

 

Building a Mystery – Adding Suspense to Your Fiction

 

Writing Sex

 

Giving An Author Reading

 

Break - work on readings

 

Class readings + optional class check in

 

Ladder of Inference

 

Blurb and Synopses - Make Them Stand Out

 

Revision Techniques/Self-Editing

 

Break
Work on your manuscript for mentor deadline

 

Mentoring Preparation

 

Mentoring Sessions: April 1 - June 15

 

Query Letters and Pitch Sessions

 

The Publication Process

 

How to Handle Mentor Feedback

 

Writer's Block

 

Marketing and Branding

 

Takeaways

 

Graduation: 2021 GCLS Conference

 

 

***Please note - we are always updating the schedule, investigating new methods of instruction, and researching new pedagogical concepts in craft of writing. This schedule is subject to change. The basic concept remains the same.  

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