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Course taught by Alison McMahan

Classes run 1-4 pm

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Some writers are born with more talent than others, but all writers have to learn our craft. Our challenge is to find out what elements of craft we need to know starting out. This course will show you the techniques that make your book a page-turner: hooks, cliffhangers, motivation-reaction units, Deep POV, and rhythm and pacing. Homework each week will include finding examples of different techniques in published works, and submitting examples from your own works in progress. One session a month for three months, class sessions will take place after FRWA meetings.

Fee: Charge $15 per session for non-members, $10 for members.

Class is in three sessions as follows:

SESSION 1 (September 9, 2017): Characters, character traits, character arc

SESSION 2 (October 14, 2017): Deep POV and Psychic distance

SESSION 3 (November 11, 2017): Rhythm and Pacing (Hooks, Cliffhangers, and Motivation Reaction Units).

Alison McMahan, Ph.D.,is the president of Homunculus Productions, a company that produces industrial, educational and documentary films. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. She is the author the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), which was translated into Spanish, films rights sold to a Hollywood agency for production as a documentary. Her historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), won the Rosemary Award for Best YA Historical and the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award. Her short mystery “The New Score” was just published in the Fish Out of Water Anthology (Wildside Press), and her short story “The Drive By” will appear in the Busted anthology (LevelBest Books) in April, 2017. “Kamikaze Iguanas” will appear in the MWA anthology for middle grade readers entitled  Scream and Scream Again, edited by R.L. Stine, (HarperCollins, 2018).


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