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West Texas Writers Academy, Canyon Texas
June 4 @ 8:30 am - June 8 @ 1:00 pm
This power-packed class is for the intermediate to advanced writer. You know the basics, or more than the basics, and you’re ready to make your writing stellar. We’ll cover:
Power Up Openings—Make the opening of every scene and every chapter compelling with my Twenty Point Checklist for Openings. You’ll learn how to orient and hook the reader, make your story and style promises pop, have the right balance of fresh writing and plain do-the-job-well writing, and anchor the reader in the POV character’s emotional set.
Dynamic Dialogue—Use my 25 Tips for Writing Dynamic Dialogue and learn how to make your dialogue sound natural, how to differentiate speech for characters, how to use dialogue to maintain smart pacing.
Empowering Emotions—Make every page carry the right amount of emotion with my Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion. Learn how to use themed words, emotional hits, subtext, body language, dialogue cues, and visceral responses. We’ll dig deep and make your turning points powerful.
Make-a-Difference Details—Get the most out of details in settings and descriptions, in thoughts and action, in expressions and dialogue tags. Make those details count.
Cadence-Driven Writing—Learn how to be strategic with style and structure. Power your pages with cadence-driven writing and you’ll make your book a page-turner.
Finessing Backstory—Learn ten ways to finesse backstory including mini-flashbacks, sculpting dialogue, rhetorical devices, and backstory slip-ins.
Class members will have an opportunity to meet with Margie one-on-one for feedback on their writing.