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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 6 – Establish Your Hero’s Normal

December 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 6 – Establish Your Hero’s Normal

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 establish your hero’s normal, what your character is like as the story begins.  We know it’s important, as it’s an oft-repeated theme in CSWriters, especially from Vogler’s circle.  But how do we do that?  Come join us as we explore the details that will cement the hero’s normal in the minds of your readers, how to make them actually feel it in their gut instead of merely in their mind’s eye.

Homework:  None!

Side Trails:  We may 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 review this link for details.

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!


December 8, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Agia Sophia
2902 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904 United States