Screw all the unaccomplished critics! Fulfilling that fantasy of holding a completed manuscript in your hands is absolutely possible. Writing is an art, and all artists flourish with the right support and a proper critique. So, it doesn't matter if all you have is an idea scribbled into a bar-napkin. Get yourself some creative and professional guidance! As a professional story-artist, studying the craft of storytelling has been my life. It has taken me around the world, from Indonesia to Brazil and other fascinating countries, before I happened upon the Bay Area. Everything about writing is my passion, especially sharing what I've found with other writers! These classes are for everyone. Whether you are a short-story writer or working on a Children's Novel, here's what I offer… For an hour, select which one of the following classes interests you: 1. DISCOVERING THE MUSE WITHIN First and foremost, you absolutely must Identify where your inspiration comes from, what environment you are most productive in, and how to tap into your creativity at will. Writer's block isn't a thing. It is the absence of the the writer's ability to access their creative mind and focus appropriate problem-solving skills. This class will show you how to tackle any creative-obstacle and actively be the artist you are. 2. GIVING BIRTH TO AN IDEA Ideas don't just hit you. You create them. Give your subconscious some credit! But, wouldn't it be better if your conscious mind were formulating those ideas? Knowing how to cook a solid concept for a book is so easy, once you know how, you'll be able to generate a dozen or more a day. In this class, you will learn how to brainstorm an idea for your book and turn it into a professional elevator-pitch. 3. BAKING A BOOK Baking is both a science and an art. There are laws to be understood and worked with, but there is also room for creative design and spontaneity. Learning the laws of book-baking will provide the foundation for your creativity to build upon. This is the class in which you learn how to write a book from start to finish. 4. WHAT'S IN A NAME? Names have power! Whether it is the name of one of your supporting characters or the title of your book, any and all names should be carefully considered. In this class, you will learn the significance of a name, along with the tools available to you for choosing the perfect ones. After all, every good book needs a great title! 5. EDITING IS EVERYTHING Looking for a critique? Here it is. Bring what you have, no matter stage it is in, and get some solid feedback. I'll look at your premise, your characters, settings, conflicts and resolutions, your book's title, your style of writing, use of grammar, and more. This critique will not only provide feedback on your work, but teach you how to be a better editor. This is crucial, considering how the best editors make for the best writers! Once you've made a decision, we will meet in that fabulous park at the end of the Emeryville pier to focus on your process and aspirations. (Note that the Emery-Go-Round is a FREE shuttle service from the MacArthur BART station to the Emeryville pier and back, with stops in-between. Check out their schedule and route here: www.emerygoround.com) Prices: For one hour… $40 > 1:1 $30 each > 2:1 $25 each > a group of 3 or more (EDITING IS EVERYTHING is not available for a group.)
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