Writing Craft Classes

rubbish-button2This is my area for writing exercises and general information related to the writing groups I coordinate at the Downtown Senior Center and at the Linwood Senior Center in Wichita, Kansas.  Along with the information provided here, I have a lot of writing articles on my website From Rubbish to Publish (which will eventually be brought to this website).

Click on the page link below for the optional writing exercises.

2017 Writing Craft Schedule – Downtown Senior Center

Jan 5                Writing Genres: General discussion with definitions of writing genres, including fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, personal history, short stories, young adult, children’s

Feb 2               Idea Development: Discussion of where ideas can come from, how to brainstorm ideas, and creating a project notebook

Mar 2               Items to Know Before You Begin Writing: Discussion of what is considered common word counts and number of pages, basic formatting, and choosing a title

Apr 6               Writing Concepts to Understand: Discussion of what are scenes, sequels, and chapters, what are Points of View, what is Goal-Motivation-Conflict, when to use backstory, and when to use subplots

May 4              Additional Writing Basics: Discussion of how to use sensory details, how to show emotion, and using body language

Jun 1                Writing Process: Discussion of plotting and outlining, where to begin a project, using hooks

Jul 6                 Characters: Discussion about choosing character names, creating character descriptions, and creating personalities

Aug 3              Characterization: Discussion about how to use dialogue and dialect, what is internalization and narration

Sep 7               Editing: Discussion about editing grammar, adverbs, characters, plot, dialogue, and POV

Oct 5                Publishing Types: Discussion of large presses, small publishers, e-publishers, self-publishing, and types of agents

Nov 2              Elements of the Publishing Process: Discussion of creating a synopsis, a query letter, a fictional blurb, and a pitch for an agent or an editor

Dec 7               Marketing: Discussion of an author platform, including a website or blog, an author bio, considering public speaking, doing a book signing, and other basic social media

2017 Writing Craft Schedule – Linwood Senior Center

Jan 3                Writing Genres: General discussion with definitions of writing genres, including fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, personal history, short stories, young adult, children’s

Feb 7              Idea Development: Discussion of where ideas can come from, how to brainstorm ideas, and creating a project notebook

Mar 7               Items to Know Before You Begin Writing: Discussion of what is considered common word counts and number of pages, basic formatting, and choosing a title

Apr 4               Writing Concepts to Understand: Discussion of what are scenes, sequels, and chapters, what are Points of View, what is Goal-Motivation-Conflict, when to use backstory, and when to use subplots

May 2              Additional Writing Basics: Discussion of how to use sensory details, how to show emotion, and using body language

Jun 6               Writing Process: Discussion of plotting and outlining, where to begin a project, using hooks

Jul 11                 Characters: Discussion about choosing character names, creating character descriptions, and creating personalities

Aug 1              Characterization: Discussion about how to use dialogue and dialect, what is internalization and narration

Sep 5              Editing: Discussion about editing grammar, adverbs, characters, plot, dialogue, and POV

Oct 3                Publishing Types: Discussion of large presses, small publishers, e-publishers, self-publishing, and types of agents

Nov 7              Elements of the Publishing Process: Discussion of creating a synopsis, a query letter, a fictional blurb, and a pitch for an agent or an editor

Dec 5              Marketing: Discussion of an author platform, including a website or blog, an author bio, considering public speaking, doing a book signing, and other basic social media