International Women's Writing Guild
Novel Planning Workshop 2024
Writing isn't only writing. Writing requires thinking. One of the biggest causes of "writer's block" is simply being stuck--not knowing where your story can and should go. One of the best solutions to avoid writer's block is to put in time up front to understand your characters and the story you wish to tell. In this lecture-driven course, students will participate in six in-depth, lecture-driven lessons on character, story beats, and world building. Each lesson will focus on a particular element of creating fiction. Students will learn how to create characters with fully fleshed out tangible and emotional journeys and will be presented with a customizable method for creating story beats. Previous students have followed the exercises in this course and by the end have fully developed outlines to use in writing their novel. The course is well-suited for beginner as well as intermediate writers. While designed for those just beginning their projects, it also can be useful for those stuck on how to revise a novel. This is fiction-focused, all categories and genres.
Lori Anne Goldstein is a creative writing instructor, manuscript consultant, and the author of four novels for young adults (Sources Say, Penguin Random House, 2020; Screen Queens, Penguin Random House, 2019; and the Becoming Jinn series (Macmillan, 2015, 2016). She credits her BA in journalism with giving her the skills and desire to devote herself to the extensive research that forms the core of her adult historical debut, Love, Theodosia, a Romeo and Juliet for Hamilton fans (out now in hardcover and paperback). She lives in the Boston area and can be found online at: www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com; Instagram: @lorigoldsteinbooks; Twitter: @loriagoldstein; Facebook: LoriGoldsteinAuthor.
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