It's not posted yet, but the Black Diamond RWA chapter has been kind enough to give me teaching space. I took a second look at my bio and cringed. I was supposed to write an "enticing" bio, but damn--I must have been flying because I sound like a Sham-Wow commercial. Sans bio, it's pretty simple.
Running in the Dark: Organic Structure for Character-driven Stories
“Character-driven” and “organic” are the new buzzwords, but do you really know what they mean and how they can help your writing? Build characters from the inside out, and write an emotional story that will land your book on the keeper shelf in this hands-on workshop that uses “your” story to get you unstuck and back into the flow.
• What do the terms “character-driven” and “organic” mean?
• Use psychology, environment, and core events to create the people you need and understand what they’ll do. A brief overview of transformational and static character arcs.
• The hero and heroine, two side-by-side arcs.
• Open discussion of your work in progress.
• Trouble-shooting your people.
• Talk about character arcs.
• If you don’t have a firm grip on your characters, we finish hammering out the details.
• Finalize your character arc.
• How organic writing grows your story: a discussion of logical progression, emotion, and plot.
• A discussion of structure and how it works for you. An overview of various forms.
• We explore character’s affect on plot, and discuss individual works in progress. We also explore structure for your story.
Day Six and Seven:
• Putting it all together using your work in progress.
I'm kind of nervous--I'm starting to gibber. I have most of the course set up. Only a little bit to go, but--wow, it's like stage fright.