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For all levels of skill. You can’t be a famous author if you don’t write the book!
Three Rivers Romance Writers March On Line Workshop:
A Novel In Four Drafts—A Four Part Workshop Series
Dates: March 5 – March 26, 2018
Price: TRRW Members – $15
RWA Members – $25
Non-RWA Members – $35
Instructor: Lindsay Schopfer
Every draft of a novel can be more than just another version of the manuscript. It can be an ongoing evolution that keeps improving with each stage until the work is finally the best version of itself. Writers in all stages of production will benefit from this detailed and engaging look at the writing and revision process. Participants in this course will learn what they should focus on for each draft, techniques for effective editing, and how to complete that book that never seems to be good enough.
The Course Includes:
The First Draft – Just Get It Down
No amount of dreaming will make a first draft happen. It takes effort, time, and dedication to create the raw material that will eventually become a finished story. Participants in this class will learn how to handle writers block, how to postpone the need to edit, and how to course-correct midway through the process.
The Second Draft – Making the Big Changes
It’s a mistake to call a story done after the first draft. In reality, the majority of the work of creation is still ahead of you. Participants in this class will learn how to evaluate the manuscript as a whole, how to decide between cutting and changing, and when to move on.
The Third Draft – All the Little Details
The first draft is written for the writer’s sake, all subsequent drafts are for the reader’s. Participants in this course will learn how to troubleshoot for a variety of narrative issues, including continuity errors, plot holes, logic errors, and showing vs. telling.
The Fourth Draft – One Sentence at a Time
After all the major editing has been finished, there’s a temptation to call a story done and move on. But even a fantastic story will suffer if the reader has to fight through a messy narrative to get to it. In this class, participants will learn tips on proofreading, how to avoid “author blindness”, and how to recruit and select additional readers.
Lindsay Schopfer is the author of The Adventures of Keltin Moore, a series of steampunk-flavored fantasy novels about a professional monster hunter. He also wrote the sci-fi survivalist novel Lost Under Two Moons and the fantasy short story collection Magic, Mystery and Mirth. His short fiction has appeared in Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk from Writerpunk Press and Unnatural Dragons from Clockwork Dragon.
Lindsay’s workshops and seminars on the craft of writing have been featured in a variety of Cons and writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Currently, he teaches creative writing for South Puget Sound Community College’s continuing education program. Lindsay served as the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category Chairman for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s annual literary contest from 2011 to 2014.
He is also a volunteer mentor for Educurious, a Gates Foundation-funded program designed to connect high school students with professional writers. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the Evergreen State College and completed the Motion Picture Production Program at Capilano College in Vancouver, Canada. Visit Lindsay’s website lindsayschopfer.com