Workshops and Classes

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

 Necessary Parts -This workshop helps participants prepare 4 necessary parts for submitting a manuscript: a log line, a query paragraph, a one-page summary, and a three-page synopsis.  To define these terms: the log is a one-sentence pitch. The paragraph is to be used in a query to describe a manuscript an editor or agent. The one-page summary is a story description as it would appear as jacket copy. The synopsis shares the plot essentials for the benefit of the agent/editor who would sell the idea to a publisher.

Master Class in Story Arcs -This online course examines story and character arcs in short stories, standalones, and book series. Topics: plot points to create tension; set pieces to deliver depth and emotion; subtext; origin stories from comic books; archetypes from mythology; dramatic structure from plays and screenwriting; and the hero/heroine’s external and internal journeys. It is not necessary to have a completed manuscript for this course. Assignments will be taken from your own work, with a few original or borrowed examples.

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.

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

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