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Writing Workshop Lesson 10: Polishing Your Work

Workshop Introduction Polishing Your Work When you’ve finished your first draft, you should put it away in a drawer for some length of time—a day, a week, a month—how long is up to you, but the longer you can go … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 9: Tension and Climax

Workshop Introduction Tension and Climax Your story must build tension all the way through, up to the climax. Each scene should add a little bit more. If not, it will feel flat and boring to the reader. But you don’t … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 7: Plot

Workshop Introduction Plot “Plot grows out of character. If you focus on who the people in your story are…something is bound to happen. …Any plot you impose on your characters will be onomatopoetic: PLOT. …Let what they say or do … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 6: Setting

Workshop Introduction Setting In Lesson 1, we learned some of the factors that can make up the setting of the story. In this lesson we’ll go into each in more detail. Please note that you should avoid dropping large chunks … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 5: Point of View

Workshop Introduction Point of View Who is the narrator? Through whose perspective is the reader viewing the story? First Person This is the most intimate Point Of View (POV). The reader views the action directly through a character’s eyes, but … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 4: Dialogue

Workshop Introduction Dialogue Don’t write dialogue in perfect, grammatical English. No one really speaks like that, except perhaps English professors. Make your characters talk on the page the way you hear them in your head. A good exercise is to … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 3: Characters

Workshop Introduction Characters Exotic names are okay in certain genres, but not all. For example, the name Chesapeake Divine would work in a romance novel, but not as well in a children’s story. Beware of using complicated or hard-to-pronounce character … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 2: Fiction Genres

Workshop Introduction Fiction Genres There are many genres and subgenres, with lots of cross-over between genres. Many stories could fit into several different genres, although they are usually marketed in the one they have the strongest connection to. Most authors … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 1: Elements of a Good Story

Workshop Introduction Elements of a Good Story There are seven basic elements to any good story. As you read through these elements, think of your favorite stories (books, movies, etc.) and how they embody each one. 1. Theme or moral … Continue reading

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Free Online Writing Workshop

Welcome to our free online writing workshop. Beginning next week, we’ll be presenting one lesson here each Wednesday—a total of 10 lessons. Each lesson includes at least one exercise designed to reinforce the topic of that lesson and to help … Continue reading

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