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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 9

UPDATE from Steve:  Neither I, Scotty, Jim, nor Erik will be able to be there tonight and lead the meeting.  Between that and at least one of the weather stations calling from 2″-4″ of snow this evening, I thought it best to cancel tonight’s meeting.  Please read, think on, ponder, mull over, and digest Chapter 9 on your own.  Pass the salt, please. 🙂 We will all be back next Friday, and with better weather, so see you then.  In the meantime, have a great night off! – Steve                         6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 9 Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… It’s time to return to Swain and continue where we left off in December! Homework:  Read Chapter 9 before arriving. […]

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Dinner and a Movie Night – SPRING CLEANING (it’s my excuse, not a movie title)

UPDATE:  My son has the flu, so Gabrielle graciously offered to host the event at her place.  See below for details. SPRING CLEANING – Great excuse for another Dinner and a Movie Night!  Or is it the other way around? 5:30 pm:  Arrive 6:00 pm:  Eat…  Pasta! We need volunteers for the following items: Salad Garlic bread Vegetable dish; Something cooked is preferred over a vegetable tray.  Could be green beans, potatoes au gratin, etc. Dessert 7:00:  The Movie Begins! 10:00:  The movie should have ended by now… Venue:  It’s at Gabrielle’s.  Please see details, below.

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 8

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 8 Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… It’s time to return to Swain and continue where we left off in December! Homework:  Read Chapter 8 before arriving. 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. See you there!

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 7

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 7 Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… It’s time to return to Swain and continue where we left off in December! Homework:  Read Chapter 7 before arriving. 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. See you there!

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 14 – Conclusion aka The End aka Really, the Beginning

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 14 – Conclusion aka The End aka Really, the Beginning Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… It only took us 228 pages to learn about The First 50 Pages.  Clearly, learning about The Craft entails more than meets the eye!  There’s a great deal going on behind the scenes of a good book.  Once you’ve mastered that and a good deal of experience later, great books will be soon be on your horizon! It’s time to be bold.  Let’s recap, discover what’s next, and move on! Homework:  Read Chapter 14 before arriving. 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 […]

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 13 – Pages 2 to 50

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 13 – Pages 2 to 50 Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… “It’s dizzying, isn’t it, how much your first fifty pages will accomplish.  Hopefully you’re not thinking, ‘I understood all this … until you explained it.’  You’ve learned the equivalent of a college course’s worth of material on this subject.  Indeed, you’re now as much an expert on how to begin a novel as just about anyone else.“ But we’re not quite there, yet!  The next 49 pages are as much about what not to do as they are about what we should do.  Come join us as we learn how to balance our content. Homework:  Read Chapter 13 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic […]

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The Craft: The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 12 – The First Page

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 12 – The First Page Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… “It’s a lot easier to come up with a great first line and first page than it is to fix a beginning that is structured wrong or fails to accomplish the tasks it should.  Better to get the main things right and then come back and find the ideal way to begin that.“ From the first word to the first line, the first page, and all that follows.  Tonight we’ll learn how to make it flow. Homework:  Read Chapter 12 before arriving. 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 […]

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The Craft: The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 11 – A One-Act Play

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 11 – A One-Act Play Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… “Writing a novel is a large project.  And while there is great benefit to sitting down and writing right when inspiration strikes, most often a novel written completely by the seat of your pants ends up a sprawling mess that neither you nor your reader can navigate.  The solution isn’t to discourage those times when the muse moves you, but to channel them along paths already charted out.“ Tonight:  The Three-Act Structure like you’ve never seen it before. Homework:  Read Chapter 11 before arriving. 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 […]

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The Craft: The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 10 – Another Fine Mess!

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 10 – Another Fine Mess! Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… What makes for a good story?  Tonight, we’re going to find out! Homework:  Read Chapter 10 before arriving. 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. See you there!

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 9 – How to Begin

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 9 – How to Begin Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… In Chapter 8, we really dug deep into the mile markers along the hero’s A to B journey.  We learned how to build impeccable conflict, from great knots of tension to wrecking balls. Tonight we move on, to the beginning, discussing prologues, a hero’s action, and in media res.  We’ll learn how to properly frame our stories and most importantly, to engage our readers. Homework:  Read Chapter 9 before arriving. 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 […]