Writing Workshop

WRITE ON: A critique workshop to help writers revise and finish their books.

This workshop is for both novice and seasoned writers working on novels, or children’s chapter books, that are either well underway, or in their early stages. In six weekly sessions (October 12 thru November 16), a maximum of six writers will bring 1,000 to 1,200 words to share in print and aloud. Any fiction genre is welcome.

For the first session, each writer will bring six copies of a brief synopsis (no more than 1,200 words) of her/his book. The synopsis will probably change – they almost always do – but that’s okay. Bring your most current version. In all subsequent sessions, writers will bring six copies of a particular passage they want to share and have critiqued by the group (Note: A critique is neither criticism nor editing; it is a constructive process that helps authors revise – from Re Vision – to see their work through fresh eyes).

Reading out loud – while others follow along – is a proven technique that helps even the most experienced writer grasp the rhythm and texture of the prose. Following the six readings/critiques, each session will end with a focused discussion on the craft of writing, such as character development, backstory, scene structure, outlining, and agent/publishing options (including self-publishing). When different and interesting issues arise, the closing discussion will adapt to address them.

We will meet at my Pinebrook condo – less than five minutes from Kimball Jct. – from 4-6:30 p.m. on six consecutive Thursdays beginning October 12 (times/day-of-week subject to change if all participants agree).

Fee: $150.00.

If interested, please email me at: write991@aol.com or, call: 310-650-8373. (Note: I will be out of the country from 27 Sept. through 10 Oct., so please email during that time).

William (Bill) Neal is the author of two novels, a non-fiction book, an illustrated children’s book, and a children’s chapter book. He is currently writing a series of children’s chapter books while working as an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University. Bill has also written and produced more than 400 hours of primetime TV during an award-winning 20-year career in Hollywood. Credits include such iconic series as “Unsolved Mysteries” and “E! True Hollywood Story.” For full Bio, click on the About tab on the Home Page.

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