Introducing a Master Class Series for Fiction Writers from Novice to Advanced

I’m super stoked to be working with Sing Your Song Studios in Summerland to lead this this fun and informative series.  If you want to write … Read on!

Do you have a story inside you that is just waiting to be told? Have you always dreamed of writing a book but just not known where to start? Or do you have a manuscript you’ve started but really would like some direction finishing?

This Master Class series might be just what you are looking for. Aimed to take you from initial idea to polished manuscript in five sessions over five months, writers are invited to bring ideas for projects in any genre they are comfortable with (short story, poetry, novel, narrative non-fiction, etc.).

Cathi Shaw is a published author and an academic writing instructor who can help you pitch your story to publishers by the end of this series. Pick and chose from the classes below or sign up for the whole series,

Writers who chose to sign up for the whole series will receive detailed written feedback and suggestions on their manuscript from Cathi at the end of the series. Throughout the series Cathi will be available to give some feedback and ongoing support to every writer who attends.

Session 1: Finding Your Spark (January 10, 2016)

Perhaps you’ve always loved writing but just don’t know what to write about. Or maybe you have an idea for your story but just don’t know how to frame it. Whatever category you fall into, our initial meeting will go over the basics: character development, plotlines, dialogue, developing an efficient writing practice and first drafts.

Session 2: Getting It Down on Paper (February 7, 2016)

Whether you’ve written a lot or just a little, this session will help you get your manuscript on track. We will explore strategies for getting your first draft finished, when to ask for feedback, how to overcome writer’s block, and explore avenues of research needed for your work.

Session 3: Where to Go With Your First Draft (March 6, 2016)

You’ve finished your first draft! Yay! This is a great accomplishment but I’m sorry to tell you this is only the beginning. Writing is rewriting. We will talk about how to rewrite effectively, when to get feedback, how to ask for feedback and when you have to start all over again.

Session 4: Editing Your Work (April 3, 2016)

Editing is different that rewriting. In this session we will go over the different kinds of editing the writer engages in, talk about strategies for editing your own work, discuss when to hire a professional editor and move toward polishing your manuscript.

Session 5: Publishing Your Work (May 1, 2016)

We will explore different avenues for publication including self-publishing, working with an agent, the editorial process and marketing your work. Part of this session will include a working session where each writer will draft a pitch of their project and share it with the larger group.

Each Masterclass is a fully self-contained workshop. These sessions will be two hours each, and are $75 when purchased separately. Sign up for the entire series for only $250.00.

Questions about which masterclass is right for you? Call or write today!



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