Join John Reed this summer with six craft classes that will help you take your writing from draft to publishable. Register for individual classes or the entire series now!


You’ve learned the foundations of writing–character, plot, point of view, setting–but how do you take your writing from draft to publishable? This series of six craft classes is designed to give you tools to deepen your understanding of craft and help you identify and correct the top ten mistakes fiction writers make.
Take just the classes you need, or sign up for the series six-pack and get one workshop free!

Getting Started – June 6

  • How to get your book off to a quick start
  • How to conduct meaningful research without letting it become your life’s work

Character Development – June 13

  • How to solve a myriad of character conundrums

Writing Effective Dialogue – June 27

  • How to clean up dialogue difficulties
  • How to answer the question “would anyone actually say that?”

Structure and Plot – July 11

  • How to shore up a shaky structure
  • How to streamline a plodding plot

Building Scenes – July 25

  • How to strengthen a weak-kneed scene
  • How to handle transitions in order to keep your story moving

Manuscript Mechanics: Revising and Editing – August 1

  • How to use proper manuscript mechanics to streamline a murky manuscript
  • Bonus: How to navigate the maze of marketing madness in today’s book world
Each class combines lecture, in-class exercises, (voluntary) sharing of student work, and homework assignments. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of craft elements and new tools and techniques to polish your stories.
Wednesdays 6-8 pm
June 6, 13, 27; July 11, 25; August 1
Wordcrafters Workshop, 438 Charnelton, Eugene
$49 individual workshop
$245 six-pack of workshops
(Get 6 workshops for the price of 5!)

This series is appropriate for writers of all levels and skill.
John Reed Author PhotoAbout John Reed:
John Reed’s years as an Army Intelligence officer have given him more than enough background for his four espionage novels: Thirteen Mountain, Dark Forest, Shadow White as Stone and The Kingfisher’s Call.  His unforgettable characters and tension-filled plots are testament to his skill as a master storyteller.
John is a sought-after presenter at writers conferences on the west coast and Mexico. He also conducts the legendary Pirate Workshop at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. His poetry has appeared in more than 50 literary magazines and journals. He has a master’s degree in Communications and is a member of the International Thriller Writers. John lives and writes in Eugene Oregon.
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