Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Online Class: "Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop"

Hi all,

A few years ago, I'd taken an online synopses writing course (the blurb, short, and long synopsis) with Shannon Donnelly and had learned quite a bit from her... So, that's why I'm posting the information for Donnelly's April online class, "Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop."

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

Take Care,


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Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop
With Shannon Donnelly
April 13, 2009 – May 9, 2009

Enrollment Information at http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclassApr09.html

COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: April 12, 2009
If you have specific questions, email occrwaonlineclass@yahoo.com


"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. The "telling" part of the workshop includes tips, tricks, and tech niques to help improve narrative and identify when it's time to tell your story. The "showing" part blends a set of exercises to strengthen an understanding of what makes a scene come to life.

1) Telling: Use of the Narrative Voice
2) Showing to Pull a Reader into Your Scenes
3) Descriptions: How to Make them Vivid
4) Deep Viewpoint to Show a Character's Inner World
5) Time, Transitions & Word Count--where Telling Helps
6) Showing and Telling--Not Absolutes
7) Write to Your Strengths: When to Show, When to Tell

Award-winning author of romance novels, children's books, video games, and non-fiction books, Shannon's work has earned praise from Booklist and other reviewers, noting: "simply superb"..."wonderfully uplifting"....and "beautifully written." Her numerous awards for writing include past finalist in the RWA's RITA for Best Regency, winner of the Golden Heart Award, Grand Prize in the "Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer" contest, (judged by Nora Roberts - which gave her a trip to Paris), the Laurel Wreath, Winter Rose, and multiple finalists in the Bookseller's Best, Orange Rose, Holt Medallion, Colorado ACE, and other contests. Shannon is a member of Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA), Orange County Chapter (OCC) of RWA, East Valley Authors (EVA), and the Published Author Special Interest Chapter (PASIC).

She regularly teaches online workshops, including a class for UCLA, and has spoken at
RWA's National Conference, as well as at RWA chapter meeting s and other conferences.
She can be found online at www.shannondonnelly.com and www.myspace.com/randomfreshink.

Enrollment Information at http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclassApr09.html
COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: April 12, 2009

Coming in May – "Writing the Synopsis" with Camy Tang
Whether you've got a complete manuscript or you've just started one, this class will help you write a complete synopsis for your story. She will take you step by step so that by the end of the class you will have written a one-page synopsis, a 4-6 page synopsis, and also a more organic "character" synopsis.

For a full class roster, go to http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html. Check out our full 2009 list of workshops.

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