Making it Up:

Writing the debut novel


The workshop will introduce beginning writers to the basic structure of the modern American novel, whatever genre they prefer.

Session 1:  What makes the modern American novel so compelling? The four basic drivers of good fiction. 
Session 2:  Story, plot, theme, and narrative arc. What’s your novel about and what’s it really about?  
Session 3: Character arcs, creating tension and raising the stakes.  Internal and external conflicts that drive plot.
Session 4: Craft-- Dialogue, action, internal monologue, summary narrative. 

The next self-publishing workshop is scheduled for January 12, 2019 at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, from 10-noon. $35.  To register, complete the form at the bottom of this page and indicate you will attend. You may pay at the door.

The next free memoir workshop series is set for four Tuesdays in February of 2019 in the Rancho Mirage Public Library. 10-noon.

To register for the February 2019 Memoir workshop, the January 2019 self-publishing workshop, or future fiction workshops, complete the form below and indicate which workshop you are interested in attending. We will send you information and how to register. 

Better Than Fiction:
Bringing fictional writing techniques to your memoir


Memoirs shouldn't read like diaries or timelines. The best ones are written like good novels—with the same literary tools that make great romances and mysteries come alive.
These workshops will help memoir writers turn their memories into compelling stories, with the same dialogue, description, pacing and narration that make fictional protagonists jump off the page.
The four workshops will cover
Session 1: Introduction – What is memoir and how to choose your story. 
Session 2: Structure and Story – Developing your theme, plot and narrative arc. 
Session 3: Scenes as the Building Blocks of Memoir
Session 4: Point of view and Voice 

Self-Publishing:                 Choosing your options

Self-publishing can mean many things today, and authors can be misled or confused when considering their options. What path is best for you? Your optimal path to publication becomes clearer once you answer five basic questions about your goals and your project. Publisher Marj Charlier will explore the choices you have as a self-publisher, discuss book design and formatting, and help unveil the mysterious world of book publishing.

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