Online Craft Classes
Writing with the Masters: Building Your Writing Toolbox Kit with Lisa J. MacDonald
Are you tired of sounding the same in your writing? Do you wish you could create a different effect in your writing but you are not sure you have the right skills to get the effect that you want?
In this highly interactive workshop, we are going to learn how to write from some of the most popular writers by studying their techniques and applying those techniques to your own stories. There will be a page and a half of writing due each week as you copy the style of these surprise authors.
As you attempt different ways of writing and try different structures, you will have many more tools in your toolkit to write the stories that you didn’t know how to write.
“Good writing comes down to craft far more than most people realize,” Alexander Steele.
Just Finish Your Damn Book! 08/03/20- 08/30/20
Tired of making excuses for why your book isn’t finished? Wonder what you need to do and what you need to stop doing so you can get the damn thing done? One thing a writer must do to achieve her goals is to consider the best ways to manage her time, identifying the best practices and habits necessary to achieve mastery that works with her personality and lifestyle.
In this workshop you will learn:
- To get into a rhythm of writing and keep writing no matter what
- Become aligned with your writing goals so you
stop working against yourself
- How the Law of Vacuum saves your writing life
- Making rejection not hurt quite as much and not stopping you from going after your dreams
Lesson 1: Stop Working Against Yourself: Align your Goals with Your Life
Lesson 2: The Miracle Writing Practice
Lesson 3: Discover your Weakness with the Theory of Constraint to Keep You Writing
Lesson 4: Time Management When You Have Too Much To Do
Lesson 5: Retrain your Brain to Keep Writing Despite the Fear, Feeling Overwhelmed, and Negative People in your Life
Lesson 6: The Secret Weapon
Lesson 7: Taking the Sting Out of Rejection
Lesson 8: Wrap Up!
4 weeks Everyone
Advance Point of View: Writing Techniques The Master’s Use 09/14/20-20/11/20
Writers have been playing with the point of view since they have been putting words on caves and scrolls. There is a subtle difference in the various types of point of view and how to use them to best enhance the story. In this workshop, we are going to explore the eleven different types of point of view and how the different masters used them in their work. We will then be exploring how to use the different types in our own work.
We will be learning from such masters as Dorthy Parker, Joyce Carol Oats, Alice Munro, John Updike, Amy Tan, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, James Baldwin, Margaret Atwood, and Eudora Welty.
The textbook is required:
Moffett, James, and Kenneth R. McElheny. Points of View: An Anthology of Short
Stories. New York: Penguin, 1995. Print
4 weeks Intermediate/Advanced