Online Writers Workshop

Flash Forward Anthology 2012Online Writers Workshop

Want the benefit of a weekly online writers workshop without the commute? Through this online writers workshop you can hone your skills with new techniques and fun writing exercises, then email what you’ve written (up to 1000 words per week) to instructor Evon Davis to receive some brief feedback and gentle constructive suggestions for improvement.

Structure and community are often missing in our writing lives, but there are ways to compensate.

Learning from Stephen King’s “On Writing”

Stephen KingMy most important take-away from reading Stephen King’s “On Writing” this time around is how important discipline is to one’s writing career if one is serious about being published and making a living as a writer. The message was sinking in as he talked about how he sits down at his desk every morning and writes at least 2000 words per day, sometimes even on Christmas and his birthday.

This morning I woke feeling tired but knew I had to get dressed and get myself to a temp job where I’m working downtown. It’s the way I scrape a little dough these days, though as I look forward to beginning a low-residency MFA program this summer in the hope of getting closer to my passion for writing, books, and literature, I am reading Stephen King’s On Writing again. I read it when it first came out, but that was many years ago. With all those intervening years of practice writing, loads of workshops that I’ve taken and given, other books on writing that I’ve read, and six novel-length manuscripts later, I understand his book so much better now.

So as I lay on the couch, feeling exhausted because I didn’t get enough sleep, my night fraught with downstairs neighbors in a floor-pounding lover’s squabble and a roommate with insomnia, I finally got to sleep in the wee hours and then was tortured with those weird kinds of dreams where I’m being chased by a murderer and have to hide. Ugh! Yet, as I thought about my predicament in light of the kind of discipline that Stephen King displays, I realized that these are problems I would also have to deal with as a professional, full-time writer. It would be so easy to just take the day off.

One can always find an excuse to take the day off. And I was especially aware of how easy it would be if didn’t have a boss who might fire me for choosing a nap instead of working.

That realization was probably the most important lesson I learned this time around. It brought more awareness to the need for self-discipline and the need for clarity around what I value. Do I value a nap or do I value being a published author. I want that question to continue to arise in my mind every time I think, “I can get my word count tomorrow.”

Not necessarily. Any one of us could be hit by a van on any given day and might not live to write another day.

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Plotting a Novel

The Bohemian Life CoverPlotting a Novel, Memoir, or Screenplay: The Structure That Holds It All Together

Mythic structure can be found in almost every myth worldwide from ancient times to modern-day blockbusters, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Avatar. This structure creates compelling stories and provides organization, giving you an essential tool for plotting a novel, memoir, or screenplay. Students will learn about the 12 stages of the hero’s journey and use those 12 stages to plot the main character’s journey. During class students will work with their own story ideas and turn them into functional outlines. Evon Davis has taught “Plotting a Novel” at Colorado Free University for over 8 years and has published a number of books, including The Bohemian Life and Pandora’s Box, a modern-day version of the myth.

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Memoir Writing

In_the_Magic_Flow_largeYour Life in Print: Memoirs, Personal Essays, and Autobiographical Fiction

You have a story to tell and probably at least one book in you. Memoir writing is a valuable tool for understanding the meaning of your life, processing your experiences, and learning all that can be learned from them. It’s a way of turning profound moments into art and giving others the chance to learn and be moved by your life story. Learn what a memoir is and how to focus the themes and time-frames of your life in order to write a memoir. Learn the difference between writing a summary and describing a scene and how you can mix the two. Through discussion, reviewing sample memoir pieces, and in-class writing exercises, novelist and writing teacher Evon Davis will get you telling the story of your life.

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