ONLINE WORKSHOPS2 (traditional)




DATES: Feb 1-Feb 28, 2019

COST: $35 for members, $40 for non-members.
At the structural level, the key elements of pacing are hooks and cliffhangers, scene and sequel, and setups and payoffs. A hook is something that compels the reader to read beyond the first paragraph of the chapter. A cliffhanger compels the reader to read from the end of one chapter to the next.
Scene and Sequel is about connecting a cliffhanger with the hook of the chapter that follows it.
Setup and payoff have to do with the rhythm of action within a scene or a chapter.
In this month-long class we will look at the different types of hooks, the different types of cliffhangers, types of set-up and payoff. Each student should have three continuous scenes from their work-in-progress to work on during the course, (maximum 2500 words). Students are required to read and comment on each other’s work as well as submitting their own.


Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and author. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. Her non-fiction book, Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), was translated into Spanish and adapted into the documentary, BE NATURAL (Pamela Greene, 2018). Her historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), won the Rosemary Award and the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award. Her short mysteries have been anthologized by Level Best Books, Wildside Press, Down-and-Out Books, and in the Scream and Scream Again middle-grade horror anthology edited by R.L. Stine for HarperCollins. Two time Derringer finalist and chosen as one of the “Other Distinguished Mystery Stories” in Best American Mystery Stories of 2018. Represented by Gina Panettieri of Talcott Notch Literary.


To sign up for this workshop, please begin by making a payment to PayPal using the button below. Pay $35 if you are a member of Florida Romance Writers, or $40 if you are not (if you are based in South Florida, consider joining our chapter! You will be glad you did!).
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1) Workshop you are signing up for
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We look forward to seeing you in class!


Online Workshop