Local authors looking to hone their craft and take their fiction writing to a whole new level should check out the Novel Writing Boot Camp offered at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. The instructor is Pacific NW author/editor Carolyn J. Rose. But act fast! The first class is scheduled to meet January 4th.
The Novel Writing Boot Camp is an intensive six week course designed to give fiction writers a strong foundation on which to build that story they’ve always wanted to tell. In addition to scene and story structure, participants will learn how to plot an action sequence, build dramatic tension, write realistic dialogue, and create strong characters instead of two-dimensional caricatures. Plus, in-class discussions will cover such topics as how adding internal conflict to an external threat can really “up the stakes” for a story’s protagonist.
The Novel Writing Boot Camp also examines and helps to clarify sometimes difficult concepts such as Story Hooks, Themes, Subplots, Subtexts, Character Arcs, and that all-important “Show, Don’t Tell!”
Each class is sprinkled with writing exercises to keep things interesting and there are homework assigments! But participants will find that each lecture is injected with a generous dose of humor to make the learning go down just a little easier.
So now that the holidays are nearly over, start the New Year out right with a gift to yourself! Sign up now for the Novel Writing Boot Camp. Classes start January 4, 2011, so don’t delay. For more information, please check the Clark College website. Details such as dates, times, and class location are listed at the top of page 5.
Carolyn J. Rose grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, and spent 25 years working as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor. In recent years, she also worked as a story editor with Elizabeth Lyon and is one of the founders of Vancouver Writers Mixer.
She has written four novels under her own name, including Hemlock Lake which came out in August 2010. She’s also co-authored another five novels with writer/husband Mike Nettleton as part of the “Deadly Duo Mysteries” writing team. Sometimes a Great Commotion, released this fall, is the second book in their “Devil’s Harbor” mystery series.