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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 5 – Introduce Your Main Character

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 5 – Introduce Your Main Character

Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then…

Last Friday we covered Swain’s Creating Characters, reviewing how important it is to craft our characters’ labels as they’re introduced.

Tonight, we’ll be learning how to introduce our main character.

Homework:  Print a single page (one side only) of your own main character’s introduction.  We will use this during our discussion.

Side Trails:  We will also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are:

The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by Andrew McAleer

Writing Down the Bones:  Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique

Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.  Variations resulting from uneven groups include two and four members in a critique group.

Please bring two printed copies of your latest work in the following format:

  • Length:  Up to 6 pages or 1,500 words, whichever comes first.
  • Font:  12-pt Times New Roman.  Courier, bookman, garamond, calibri, etc. are acceptable.
  • Spacing:  double-spaced
  • Margins:  1″ all around
  • Indenting:  indented paragraphs (no additional lines before, after, or between paragraphs)
  • Numbering:  Yes (doesn’t matter where)
  • Scene breaks:  Please show with three number symbols, asterisks, or tildes centered on a line between paragraphs
  • Other:  Please include a short synopsis (no more than half a page) of the story up to the beginning of your selection to help orient your critiquers.

Please refrain from discussions during reading and critique periods.  If you’re not participating in the critique, feel free to hang out and write, but keep things “library” quiet until after all critiques are complete.  Thank you.  🙂

See you there!

Venue

Agia Sophia
2902 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904 United States
Website:
http://www.agiasophiacoffeeshop.com/

Organizer

Steve