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Blank Page to Book; Workshop

Instructor

Lindsay Beard

Writer

Living in a fantasy world to escape her parents divorce, L. Anne Beard began making up stories at an early age and began committing them to paper as soon as she could as well. Finding safety even in the darkest of moment of her imagination, she preferred that to the pain and eventual banality of her life growing up. Writing her first complete novel when she was 15 she received praise from her friends and instructors for creativity. Life happened, as it does and L. Anne Beard packed up her stuff and started a gypsy lifestyle for bout 15 years before finally settling in the South. It was then that she picked up the pen once more. Writer, crafter, historical geek, fangirl and office supply enthusiast, she has been called by many names. She is proud to add Semi-Finalist to that list for The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition for her first National Novel Writing Month novel, “A Fog in Charleston”. L. Anne Beard currently reside in Charleston with her husband, dog and cats.

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Overview

Blank Page to Book is an eight week workshop for helping to build an idea for a novel to write for NaNoWrimo and beyond.

For this workshop, everyone will prepare to write their own 50,000-word (or longer) novel first drafts in November. This is challenging, but completely doable--even if you have four jobs or absolutely no novel-writing experience. We all will be working toward the same goal and supporting one another, we do ask that you only enroll if you're serious about planning your novel.

 

 

What you will need

  • Notebook / Computer File (somewhere you can write and keep track of your writing)

  • A brain

  • Creativity

  • Internet connection

  • Openness to critiques, Willingness to share, able to give constructive criticism

  • 30 minutes to an hour a week for homework

There are tasks (homework) that we ask you to complete. This is for your benefit towards building a more well rounded story for NaNo. Whether you have an idea well thought out or no clue at all. They will be graded either Pass or Fail. A Fail will be issued if not turned in on time, Pass if you have turned them in on time. 

We'll also have a discussion every week. These discussions have two goals--(1) to help build a sense of community and (2) to help you work out points of confusion about your novel.

This is not a graded class but you will receive a certificate upon completion of this course.


Week One
THE NUTS & BOLTS OF NANOWRIMO

  • What is NaNoWriMo?
  • Why should I do this?
  • What am I supposed to write? What counts as a "novel"?
  • It is possible to "win" NaNoWriMo? How? What do I get if I win?
  • So, there are other people around Charleston doing this, right?
  • Your Inner Editor and Other Distractions
  • Plotters vs. Pantsers

 

Week Two
STORY STRUCTURE, BUILDING A FOUNDATION

  • Why understanding story architecture is so helpful
  • A primer on three-act structure
  • The hero's journey

 

Week Three
WORLD BUILDING AND RESEARCH

  • Setting and world-building
  • Historical and geographical research


Week Four - Five
CHARACTER BOOTCAMP

  • Who are your characters? 
  • Protagonists & Antagonists
  • Creating a great supporting cast
  • Making your characters memorable 
  • Characters and Point of View
  • Character Arcs


Week Six 
STORY INTENSIVE

  • Story vs. Theme vs. Plot
  • The power of tone in shaping a story

 

Week Seven
STORY INTENSIFIES

  • Possible subplots and conflicts in your book


Week Eight
FINAL PREP

  • Tips on making writing sessions fun and productive
  • Momentum vs. speed
  • NaNoWriMo write-ins happening in the Charleston Area
  • Virtual write-ins
  • Things to know for the upcoming first week of NaNoWriMo

Course content

  • Week 1: GETTING READY FOR 30 DAYS OF WRITING, INSANITY, & CAFFEINE

  • Week 2: STORY STRUCTURE, BUILDING A FOUNDATION

  • Week 3: WORLD BUILDING AND RESEARCHING

  • Week 4: CHARACTER BOOTCAMP, PART 1

  • Week 5: CHARACTER BOOTCAMP, PART TWO

  • Week 6: STORY INTENSIVE

  • Week 7: STORY INTENSIFIES

  • Week 8: FINAL PREP

Interested? Enroll to this course right now.

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