Friday, March 06, 2009

Online Class: Layering a Story Concept

Hey everyone...

Just posting some information that may be of interest to you. It's a four-week online writing class, "Layering a Story Concept" with Sylvie Kurtz, and it begins March 16th.

Hope you're all doing well and the writing is going smoothly! :)

Take Care,


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Layering a Story Concept
With Sylvie Kurtz
March 16, 2009 – April 11, 2009

Enrollment Information at

COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: March 14, 2009
If you have specific questions, email


Use the seven elements of story concept to put together a blurb that is complete, conflict-filled and concise enough to use as a selling tool.

1. Introduction
2. Story Concept
3. Flaw
4. Backstory
5. Redeeming Quality
6. Journey
7. Enabling Circumstance
8. Goal
9. Opponent
10. Ally
11. Ally's MO
12. Lifechanging Event
13. Jeopardy
14. Objective Line/Subjective Line
15. Blurb
16. Conclusion


Flying an eight hour solo cross-country in a Piper Arrow with only the airplane's crackling radio and a large bag of M & Ms for company, Sylvie Kurtz realized a pilot's life wasn't for her. The stories zooming in and out of her head proved more entertaining than the flight itself. Not a quitter, she finished her pilot's course, earning her commercial license and instrument rating. Since then, she's traded in her pilot's license for a keyboard, where she lets her imagination soar to create fictional adventures that explore the power of love and the thrill of suspense. Her first Harlequin Intrigue, One Texas Night, was a 1999 Romantic Times nominee for Best First Category Romance and a finalist for a Booksellers Best Award. Her Silhouette Special Edition, A Little Christmas Magic was a 2001 Readers' Choice Award Finalist and a Waldenbooks bestseller. Remembering Red Thunder was a 2002 Romantic Times Nominee for Best Intrigue. She was a 2005 and 2007 Romantic Times nominee for Lifetime Achievement for Series Romantic Adventure. Ms. Longshot has been optioned by Twin Star Entertainment as a
possible TV movie. She has written twenty novels. Visit her at

Enrollment Information at
COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: March 14, 2009

Coming in April – "Show and Tell: an Interactive Workshop" with Shannon Donnelly
"Show, don't Tell" is a cliché that has almost lost its meaning. But "showing" and "telling" are both valuable tools for any writer. In this workshop, we'll use writing examples to figure out the truth hidden in this tired phrase.

For a full class roster, go to Check out our full 2009
list of workshops.

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