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October 2018

ONLINE 8-Week Planning Out a Novel or Series (Start Date)

October 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$495

This is a workshop in fiction writing for beginners with no experience and intermediate students who want to streamline their writing process. Led by Amber Royer, whose debut novel Free Chocolate has been named one of the Barnes & Noble SFF Blog’s 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018, the class is designed to make you a more methodical and organized writer of long-form fiction. The course focuses on techniques that can be used to assemble a complete story bible (a…

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November 2018

5 Session Class: Writing About Yourself Online (Start Date)

November 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Whether you're wanting to present yourself as a foodie, share your travelogues or highlight yourself as an expert in a profession or hobby, sharing personal stories will help your readers connect with you. In this course, students will explore techniques for writing effective short memoirs and personal essays, including a need for structure and how to incorporate theme. We will discuss appropriate length and style, depending on whether you are looking to submit to on-line journals, build a voice for…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 3 (Start Date)

November 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Are you ready to take your novel writing skills to the next level? In this course, you will learn how to handle four different types of scenes: action scenes, relationship scenes, humorous scenes and "twister" scenes. We will cap the course with a session on troubleshooting your plot, editing your draft and submitting your work. Aspiring writers will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued each week. Prerequisites are either Novel Writing: Level 1, Beginner's Fiction or…

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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 6 (Start Date)

November 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UTA Continuing Education, 104 W Mitchell
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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$179

Are you ready to take your novel writing skills to the next level?  Wish your writing had a little more polish?  In this course, you will learn the difference between substantive editing and line editing, what it really means to show not tell, how to recognize purple prose, why word choice matters, and more. Aspiring writers will have the opportunity to have samples of their work critiqued each week. Prerequisites are either Novel Writing: Level 1, Beginner’s Fiction or some experience with…

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Saturday Night Write Discussion: Focus On Secondary Characters

November 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Free

Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events.   This time we're going to shine the spotlight on characters that don't usually get a…

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December 2018

Saturday Night Write: Metaphorically Speaking . . . with Special Guest Speaker Amber Helt

December 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Free

Amber will be speaking to Saturday Night Write on the topic Metaphorically Speaking.  Visit her at www.RootedinWriting.com. As you grow, you see the world differently. Well, so do your characters. Amber will lead a discussion on how to theme the metaphors in your character's POV narrative to subtly demonstrate their growth to your readers. Using this method, we can show your character’s motivations, personality, and evolution over the course of the story.

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January 2019

Presentation: Seamless World Building at the Writer’s Guild of Texas

January 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Dr
Richardson, Texas
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Building a convincing world is important no matter what genre you write in.  It is easy to give either too little detail, resulting in a world that seems poorly thought out, or too much detail, leaving the reader overwhelmed.  We will discuss how the principle of Hemingway's Iceberg, the adage of showing instead of telling and the philosophy that character is story play together to give you worldbuilding that feels expansive and seamless.  

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February 2019

Creativity Jumpstart at Lonestar Ink

February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
DFW Airport Marriott North, 8440 Freeport Parkway
Irving, Texas 75063 United States
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I will be presenting my Creativity Jumpstart interactive program at Lonestar Ink this year.  I'm speaking on Thursday night, but the conference runs all weekend.   Are you stuck on your WIP? Or trying to find a starting point for a new project? Try out a few hands-on creativity exercises to jumpstart your ideas. Participants will also learn about strategies for overcoming writer’s block, and the group will quick-plot a story.

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