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Bringing a Setting to Life with Cheryl St.John

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Dunes & Dreams RWA Chapter 215 (from Eastern Long Island) present their

April 2010 Online Workshop.


Cost: $10 D&D members, $25 all others. Payable in US funds only.

April 5 through April 30: Bringing a Setting to Life with Cheryl St.John

Blurb: Have you ever read a book that made you feel as though you were right

there experiencing the story? Would you like to know how to trigger a

response like that in your readers?

Included in what we generally think of as setting are aspects as diverse as

accents, idioms, senses and weather. Period, traditions, moral beliefs,

customs and the writer’s voice are all woven into the same tapestry that

brings a story to life. Whether it’s your hometown or outer space, every

location plays as much a part in adding depth and realism as do the


An author should have a solid reason for where he or she places characters,

and a skillful author can use setting to intensify reader involvement. This

course will detail methods to make readers feel as though they are in the


Cheryl will provide instruction on how to bring a setting to life. She’ll

explain the pitfalls of backstory and details, and she will share how to

create authenticity. Experience has given Cheryl insights on storing and

retrieving research. She’ll give practical advice on:

Engaging emotions and senses

Adding physical realism

Unifying scenes and plot threads

Tightening suspense

Explaining and motivating a character

FORMAT: Exercises will pertain to the participant’s current work in progress

Bio: Among her achievements, which include over thirty published books in

both contemporary and historical genres, Cheryl St.John has received

multiple Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and three RITA nominations.

In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and

reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values,

believable characters and real life situations.” She has taught writing on

local and national levels, and is in demand as a motivational speaker.

RECOMMENDATION: “Cheryl St.John's course on setting rocks! Even after

twenty-five published books, I gained valuable knowledge that I'll

definitely use to make future books even better.”– bestselling author, Cindy


DATE: April 5 – April 30

Registration deadline is April 3rd.

PLACE: Dunes & Dreams RWA FORUM (Not a yahoo loop)

Registrants will receive a login password to the workshop forum several days

before the workshop begins to allow ample time to become familiar with the

forum or to notify the coordinators if you have trouble logging in.

COST: $10 Dunes & Dreams RWA Members/ $25 all others (US funds only – paypal

or checks)

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: No registration fees will be refunded. All

payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut off date.

Payments received after the cut-off date can be applied to a future workshop

of the

Applicant's' choosing.

If a workshop is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, such as

instructor inability to teach class, registration fees will be applied to a

future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

Hope to see you in class!

Registration form and more information:

Http://www.dunesanddreams.org/writing-workshops or

Email the coordinators at workshops.ddrwa@gmail.com

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