Cost: $275 per person
(This is a 6 week course, and you will be enrolling in all six weeks.)
Writing a compelling story is about revealing the world of your protagonist in a way that keeps the reader engaged and eager to know what happens next. In this class, we will explore how to “show, don’t tell” and breathe life into the page. Open to writers whose work is in an early stage as well as those who are working on more advanced drafts. Principles and techniques to be covered include:
• Establishing character goals and desires.
• Revealing internal and external conflict (obstacles to achieving those goals).
• Choosing a point of view (first-person, third-person, or omniscient) that best serves your story.
• Unfolding events in immediate scene and narrative summary.
• Maintaining suspense and tension.
• Engaging the senses.
• Evoking emotions.
• Using metaphors and similes judiciously.
• Writing effective and engaging dialogue.
• Getting into and out of flashbacks.
There will be writing exercises as well as the opportunity to have the instructor read and comment on your pieces, privately or in class.
About the Instructor: Laurie Viera Rigler is a best-selling novelist and nonfiction author whose novels and short fiction have been translated into four languages. Having spent several years writing her first novel and enduring “helpful” warnings about how aspiring novelists were more likely to win the lottery than ever get published, Laurie is passionate about being of service to authors and helping them realize their dreams. She channels that passion into her work as an independent book editor and writing coach and is thrilled about teaching at Vroman’s again. Having re-secured the film and TV rights to her Jane Austen Addict series of novels, Laurie has also adapted three of her novels into a TV pilot and show bible, which has resulted in partnerships with award-winning producers. The process of bringing these works to the screen continues to unfold. If you have any advance questions about her classes, please feel free to get in touch via her sites, janeaustenaddict.com or freelancebookeditor.com.
To sign up for this class, please call Customer Service at (626) 449-5320.
All classes will take place in the Vroman's Meeting Room, Suite 120 located next door to Vroman's Main Store in the Atrium at
709 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 120.
If for any reason you cannot attend a class you have signed up for, please give 24 hour notice of your cancelation in order to receive a refund.
Refunds will not be issued after the class has already occured.