Speaking from experience, I have nothing but praise for the classes offered through RWASD. Through them I’ve learned not only tricks of the craft but also about the writing business in general, things you wouldn’t learn in an average classroom. For an up and coming novice like myself, these resources have been a gold mind!
Many of them are taught by our own members. We also reach out and find a wide variety of instructors to give you a diverse selection of topics to choose from. Here are a few wonderful classes coming up for November. Sign up today!
Please register at http://rwasd.com/training/index.html for the classes listed below.
Pacing Pride vs. Pacing Robbers
Without proper pace, your stories can sag, drag or just fade away. Proper pace depends on knowing how to make your reader anticipate the next scene, and when to give your reader a moment to take a breath. The workshop will cover in-depth details about the pitfalls of pacing and how to avoid having their pace robbed by certain writing techniques. Participants will learn specific ways to perk up the pace of their novels through grammar styles, setting mood and tone, managing conflict and using point of view subjectively. Includes practical exercises and personalized feedback on participants’ works in progress.
Date: November 2–29, 2015
Instructor: Kat Duncan
Cost: San Diego RWA Chapter members: $20 Non-members: $25
Bio: Kat Duncan is a creation extremist who is doing her best to identify human creativity and free it from captivity, one student at a time. As a young child, Kat once tried to confess the telling of her stories to her parish priest because she thought they fit the definition the nuns gave for telling a lie. With her lies fully sanctioned and blessed by church authorities, Kat writes stories to entertain and enlighten. She is a Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kat has a Master’s Degree in Education and over a dozen years of experience teaching students from elementary through college and beyond. Her stories span a range from realistic historicals to quirky suspense. Webpage: http://katduncanwriting.com Blog: http://storygrannies.blogspot.com.
What makes your characters the people they are? (Besides you, the author.) Personality-building tools include their birth order, mind-body-heart types and Jungian choices — see how each of those contribute to a character who will naturally come into conflict with your hero, heroine and/or villain, and how to resolve those conflicts or make them even worse!
Date: November 16–27th, 2015
Instructor: Laurie Schnebly Campbell
Cost: San Diego RWA Chapter members: $15 Non-members: $20
Bio: Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves teaching writers about issues that draw on her background as a therapist (and a novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for RT’s “Best Special Edition of the Year”). She’s taught classes at WriterUniv.com and live from London to Los Angeles, about creating characters for naturally intriguing plots. Website: BookLaurie.com