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Aug
1
Wed
Monster Revision and Deep Point of View
Aug 1 – Aug 30 all-day

Monster Revision and Deep Point of View

Instructor:  Suzanne Johnson

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Course Description: Pull out that WIP, ready-to-revise manuscript, or even a chapter from an already-published book, and get ready to dive into “Monster Revision,” an intensive one-pass revision system that’ll take you from Draft Zero to Done.

In this 30-day workshop, we’ll cover a one-week overview series of lessons, followed by three weeks of techniques that will leave you with a lot of tools in your revision toolbox. You’ll get individual feedback on your posted homework (yes, homework!).

We’ll be covering:

  • Methodology and color-coding, and why deep POV is an important part of revision.
  • The color wheel.
  • Setting and description, including timeline, continuity, and backstory quicksand.
  • What’s important to show, and what is better told.
  • Dialogue as Action, and isolating character voice.
  • Internal dialogue: pace, voice.
  • Emotion: raw, ugly, visceral, internal.
  • Read to the dog.
  • DIY Toolbox: manual and online.

Instructor Bio: Suzanne Johnson was happily ensconced in New Orleans as a university magazine editor when Hurricane Katrina sent her adopted hometown underwater. She took her Katrina experiences, added wizards and magic (and the sexy undead pirate Jean Lafitte), and began what has become the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series published by Tor Books. Writing under the name Susannah Sandlin, she also writes award-winning paranormal romance, including the popular Penton Legacy series for Montlake Romance, and romantic suspense and thrillers, including two series, The Collectors and Wilds of the Bayou, also for Montlake. Suzanne grew up in Alabama halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’s birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of college football and fried gator on a stick. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, where she is a full-time author and does copyediting work for other authors.

Sep
3
Mon
Cinderella Goes to the Prom: How to Write a Retelling
Sep 3 – Sep 28 all-day

Cinderella Goes to the Prom: How to Write a Retelling     

Instructor: JoSelle Vanderhooft

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Course Description: From Gregory McGuire’s beloved Wicked to Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Quartet to countless reimaginings of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, retellings are a perennial hot subject for writers. In this class, editor JoSelle Vanderhooft (also an author of numerous fairy tale retellings in prose and poetry) will teach you why readers and writers crave reimagining these stories again and again, what kinds of stories make the best retellings, and how to make your favorite classic story uniquely your own. The goal of this course is to give students a rough outline for a retelling of their own.

Instructor Bio: JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing since 2004. Her clients include publishers such as Dreamspinner Press, Siren/Bookstrand, and Bella Books and individual authors who have been nominated for numerous awards or reached Amazon bestseller status. As an author, anthologist, and poet, her own work has been a finalist for the Rainbow Reader Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Utah with her family and a marvelous orange kitty cat. Josellevanderhooft@gmail.com

 

Oct
1
Mon
The Well-Tempered Sentence: Line Editing for Authors
Oct 1 – Oct 26 all-day

The Well-Tempered Sentence: Line Editing for Authors  

Instructor: JoSelle Vanderhooft

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Course Description: Taming sentence structure can be one of the most difficult tasks for writers of all skill levels. In this class, veteran editor JoSelle Vanderhooft will go over the basics of sentence construction, how to build rhythm into paragraphs, the similarities between sentence flow and music, and the benefits (and perils) of breaking grammar rules, and more.

Instructor BIO: JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing since 2004. Her clients include publishers such as Dreamspinner Press, Siren/Bookstrand, and Bella Books and individual authors who have been nominated for numerous awards or reached Amazon bestseller status. As an author, anthologist, and poet, her own work has been a finalist for the Rainbow Reader Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Utah with her family and a marvelous orange kitty cat. Josellevanderhooft@gmail.com

Nov
5
Mon
Three Copyeditors Walk into a Bar…
Nov 5 – Nov 16 all-day

Three Copyeditors Walk into a Bar…

Instructor: Suzanne Johnson

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Course Description: Three copyeditors* walk into a bar. One says: What’s the difference between “your dinner” and “you’re dinner”? The other says: “One means you have a meal; the other means you’re dead.” The third one chokes on her drink because that was so funny.

Yes, you have to be a bit on the OCD side to be a copyeditor. Who else could argue for an hour about the merits (or lack thereof) of the Oxford comma, or whether AP Style or CMOS should be the gold standard?

*Copyeditors is one word in CMOS, which is used by most fiction publishers. Copy editors (two words) is preferred in AP Style, which is used by most newspapers and magazines.

In this two-week workshop, you’ll learn from a veteran copyeditor some of the most common pitfalls we see in manuscripts—and ways to avoid them, as well as what to look for in a copyeditor and some of the problems authors have with their CEs. After all, we just want to get along….

*NOTE:  She will also offer anyone who takes the copyediting workshop a 25-page copyedit as part of their workshop fee, if they want one.

Instructor Bio: Suzanne Johnson was happily ensconced in New Orleans as a university magazine editor and veteran copyeditor when Hurricane Katrina sent her adopted hometown underwater. She took her Katrina experiences, added wizards and magic (and the sexy undead pirate Jean Lafitte), and began what has become the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series published by Tor Books. Writing under the name Susannah Sandlin, she also writes award-winning paranormal romance, including the popular Penton Legacy series for Montlake Romance, and romantic suspense and thrillers, including two series, The Collectors and Wilds of the Bayou, also for Montlake. She was the founding copyeditor for Entangled Publishing, leaving when her own writing career needed more TLC. Suzanne grew up in Alabama halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’s birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of college football and fried gator on a stick. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, where she is a full-time author and does copyediting work for other authors both as a freelancer and on Reedsy.com.