Story Bootcamp

Presented by Peter Andrews

March 1 - 26, 2021
Cost:  Free for RWAOL members.  $15 for non-members.  Public welcome.
  Registration is required.  Registration opens on February 15, 2021.

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About This Workshop

Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority. Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers. This course will explore the dimensions of your story and push them to the limits so you get the most from your premise and your readers get compelling experiences. 

No slackers! This is a highly interactive class that depends on commitment and participation. 

Lesson 1 Breaking the Chains and Going Bigger. Getting out of your own way.
Lesson 2 Making Your Tale Epic. Premise, character, and story arc.
Lesson 3 Power Positions – Story Bites Reader. Focus, friends and real requirements. Attention must be paid – from page one.
Lesson 4 Pyramid Power. Characters have needs, too. And so do readers.
Lesson 5 Twists and Turns That Will Leave a Mark. What’s the worst that can happen?
Lesson 6 Shocking Revelations. First, surprise yourself.
Lesson 7 Excruciating Details. Senses, settings, and special effects. Conflict, oh yeah.
Lesson 8 Gut Check. Authenticity, the sadistic writer, and redlining emotion,
Lesson 9 Major Surgery. Merciless restructuring.
Lesson 10 Thrust into the Careless World. Titles as bait, urban myths, and endings that buzz.

About The Presenter

Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). 

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What You Need to Know

  • Deadline to register:  March 1, 2021
  • You do NOT need to be a member of RWA® or RWAOL to take this class.
  • RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a discussion board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.  This is not an email loop workshop.
  • For questions, contact us through our contact form.