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RWA Online's Oct Workshop: Avoid the Rough: Turning Your Story Ide

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RWA® Online presents:

Avoid the Rough: Turning Your Story Idea into a Workable Plot with instructor Catherine Chant

Workshop dates: Oct 6-26

Cost: $15

(RWA® Online chapter members take all of our workshops for free)

Registration is open now through Oct 2.

Register here: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

Class blurb:

Do you have a story idea but aren’t sure what to do next? Have you started writing a story, but now find your plot stuck in a corner? Have you lost interest in your story idea because the plot became boring? Whether you’re a plotter who loves to outline or a pantser who prefers to hit the open road without a map, a broad strokes outline can help you avoid the pitfall of the unworkable plot.

Avoid the Rough (or as I like to call it Avoiding the “Rough” in Rough Draft) guides you in creating a broad strokes outline at the “idea” stage, so you get the “big picture” of the story right away and can more easily spot and correct plot problems, such as the sagging middle or superficial conflict, before they become writing roadblocks that waste your time. If you’re stuck in a story, the broad strokes outline can help pinpoint where you might have taken a wrong turn and guide you back to the right course.

You don’t necessarily need to write a bad “rough” first draft. A little planning can save you a lot of time during revisions. And a broad strokes outline, which only hits the high points of the story to keep you on track, won’t bog you down with so many details you feel stifled. You can still write by the seat of your pants, if that’s your style, but the outline offers you some boundaries so you don’t disappear into the weeds and have to start all over.

And as a bonus, your outline quickly converts into a brief synopsis with only a little editing and gives you a head start on your query letter.

The instructor will give feedback on all homework and offer students the opportunity to submit homework privately if they don’t feel comfortable sharing their plot ideas in a public forum. Students who complete all the exercises will have a broad strokes outline and a draft of a brief synopsis completed by the end of the workshop.

Lesson topics include: Story Idea, Main Characters, Character GMC and Story Problem, Conflict, Inciting Incident, Turning Points, Black Moment, Resolution and Character Arc, and Turning the Outline into a Brief Synopsis, with a bonus lesson on writing a logline for queries or conferences.

About Catherine Chant:

Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. Her first novel, WISHING YOU WERE HERE (Soul Mates #1), is a young adult time travel romance and available in both print and electronic editions at Amazon.com.

Catherine worked for 15 years as an IT computing & communication consultant at Boston College before becoming a full-time writer. She currently teaches four online workshops for writers at various RWA chapters throughout the year. Her non-fiction work has appeared on numerous websites where she writes instructional articles about computing, gaming and crafts.

Catherine is currently working on a new young adult suspense novel, and the next book in her Soul Mates series.

You can find out more about Catherine at her website CatherineChant.com, Twitter @Catherine_Chant or Facebook CatherineChantNovels.

Payment method:

Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

If you have any questions please contact the workshop coordinator at fisc40pa@aol.com or workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org (Note: the first email address is better as mail to our chapter sometimes is rejected).

For more information on RWA® Online or how to join our chapter, just head to our website at www.rwaonlinechapter.org

Thank you.

Patti Fischer

Workshop Coordinator

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