Fiction Fluency I: Foundational Skills

The four-class Fiction Fluency I Series allows participants to develop solid creative practices and incorporate them into a lifestyle that supports success in writing fiction. It will also provide solid foundations for development of emotion-driven, dramatic story acted out by believable characters.
January Seminar: Establishing the Foundations of Your Creative Life (by Exploiting the Practice Effect)
Saturday, January 19 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, January 20, 9-1 pm
We will begin with an introduction to the cognitive foundations of learning, reading, story-telling, and creativity, and then translate that knowledge into habits that will not only increase the speed of your learning, but also result in solid practical foundations and support for long-term gains. The class will also include story analysis methods that will help establish solid habits no matter what no matter what kind of writing you do.
February Seminar: Creating and Finding Ideas—Where to Find Them and How to Use Them
Saturday, February 16 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, February 17, 9-1 pm
Does the blank page terrify you? This seminar’s focus is on techniques to create new material and to repair broken stories. We’ll learn about target-, random-, intuition-, and process-driven creativity, and you’ll gain tools to:
• Describe published stories,
• Analyze your own stories under development,
• Diagnose problems and suggest solutions, and
• Design new material.
March Seminar: Developing Deep Drivers for Characters
Saturday, March 16 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, March 17, 9-1 pm

Here we will learn about the “Because, Because,” Arc, and the “Irreconcilable Self” and connect these concepts to every moment in the lives of the characters in your story. This class will present the techniques, then use them to examine finished stories as well as works in progress, and you’ll have time to apply them to the creation of your own new stories.
April Seminar: Creating and Managing the Building Blocks of Scene (by Using ED ACE)
Saturday, April 6 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, April, 9-1 pm
A reader needs repeating patterns in order to build a story in their hearts and minds. To establish these kinds of patterns in your writing, we will learn about Opposition Pairs (a.k.a., dialectic pairs), Tactic Groups, Conflict Sets, and the use of the “ED ACE” tool (ED ACE stands for Emotion drives Decision drives Action drives Conflict creates new Emotion.) for managing each. We will use it to analyze published material, diagnose existing material, and to create new material.

Take one seminar, a set of four seminars, or the entire series.
  • Individual Seminar  $249
  • Seminar Term (4 Seminars) $899  (save $99)
  • Whole Seminar Series  $2199  (save 25%)
Not sure if Fiction Fluency is for you? Get the “Try-it-we-know-you’ll-like-it” discount and save $100 on the first seminar! Enter the code: WRITEGOOD2019 when registering for the January seminar, and take your writing life to new heights.
(Once you’ve tried it, you’ll have the option to register for the rest of the series and save big after the first seminar!)