Workshops and Classes

I have taught the following workshops and classes. For more information, or to schedule a course, contact me at ramonadef@yahoo.com.

Story Planning – This online workshops uses a layering approach to assist writers in developing a clear path for their story’s journey. Beginning with a strong foundation in a Primary Story Line, the course teaches how to create Supporting Story Lines that will enhance the story’s appeal and explore its possibilities. The goal is to incorporate the various story lines and create a working Story Plan that results in a logical and compelling tale.

Mastering the Art of Self-Editing To help novelists and short story artists view their work with a sharp and critical eye via strategies to strengthen craft, style and technique. Writers will learn revision skills addressing characters and consistency; central ideas and story arcs; and the depth and relevance that capture readers.

Better Beginnings – How does an author capture readers?  With an engaging, enticing and exciting story opening. This workshop focuses on how to introduce the world of the story, meet the characters, establish a theme, and present a story problem worth experiencing and solving.

Shaping Story Arcs – Characters are meant to change and grow; plots are meant to rise and fall. How does author plan and write a compelling story arc? This workshop will demonstrate how to shape stories into a satisfying dramatic form.

Build a Writers Group – For authors wanting the critique or workshop experience, this is basic how-to look at building a group to meet your needs.

Four Truths of Characters - A hands-on workshop based on the concept that there are four true things about every person and every character. Learn to define these four elemental traits and use to them to make characters real, give them depth and keep them consistent. Bring a pen and a character.

Don’t Write Down to Me – Writing for Children and Young Adults

Size Matters – The Ever-Evolving Short Stories – An overview of the genre, including novellas, short stories, flash fiction and micro fiction.

Let’s Get It On! -  Writing Sex Scenes – A look at how, and more importantly, why to include a sex scene in a story.

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