From Blah to Beats: Giving Chapters a Pulse
Instructor: Rhay Christou
September 4 – 30; Fee: $80
You know the theory, read the books and have taken the classes. But still get critique group, agent, or editor comments that something is off. The chapter doesn’t work. The scene doesn’t come alive. The conflict is bland. The story is too small. You’re still not jumping the hurdle from working hard and getting where you want to go.
Now is the time to make the theory work for you!
Giving Chapters a Pulse will drive your focus deep into your and chapters. Fourteen-plus short, practical lessons will give you opportunity to:
· Develop chapter focus
· Create specific author goals for each chapter.
· Develop specific character/s’ chapter goals.
· Understand the difference between author goals and character goals.
· Develop secondary characters story arch through their actions and their words.
· Develop deep character/s that are motivated to take charge.
· Develop a story voice that is rich and full of life.
· Create dialog that can’t be cut.
· Drive your narrative forward with action and conflict that builds tension.
· Create compelling chapter hooks and endings that make the readers want more.
· Leave out the blah and make your chapter a lean and mean beating heart.
· Bring life to the surroundings as integral part of a chapter rather than a background chunk that can be skimmed.
· Weave in relevant back-story and leave out the extra.
· Nix the head hopping and the telling when you should be showing.
In this four week course, an abundance of learning opportunities will promote discussion and give you plenty of opportunity to learn from each. Submitting work will allow you to put the theory to work and benefit from classmates feedback. And as a multi-Margie grad with a masters in writing from Vermont College, I’ll also be digging deep to help you pull out your best work.
Hope to see you in class,
The two things I love most in the world are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College , I have had the great fortune to combine the two. Since graduating I’ve taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshop on the lovely island of Cyprus, in Greece and in the USA.