Put Life and Heart into Your Characters: Rosemary Altea Master Class | May 23 – Burlington Writers Workshop

Rosemary Altea, author of the New York Times bestseller The Eagle and the Rose, world renowned spiritual medium, healer, teacher, and lecturer will present a fascinating Burlington Writers Workshop (BWW) Master Class from 1 – 3 PM on Saturday, May 23. In this BWW Master Class, Rosemary will ask you to identify some event from your past that was powerful and memorable – perhaps sad, painful, or even tragic. Then she’ll lead writers in a set of exercises in which they look at the same story from several seemingly opposing perspectives. You will also have an opportunity to directly participate

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50 things to keep in mind when writing (31-40)

Writing tips useful ,indful

Quick Mindful Tips

31.) Sensory details

32.) Specific concrete language replaces summary abstraction

33.) Try to describe how story works, what it does, and how it is rendered.

34.) ASSUME NOBODY CARES!

35.) Is the writer in full control of the language

36.) Where does it go off the rails?

37.) What different choices in craft to improve

38.) Moments in story

39.) Little things change it so much

40) What to leave in, what to take out.

To be continued…

50 things to keep in mind when writing (21-30)

Writing tips useful ,indful

Quick Mindful Tips

21.) Narrator as observer

22.) Camera held by you v. camera is on her

23.) Show don’t tell with concrete detail

24.) Overview – summary – recounts but doesn’t recreate

25.) Tone – use of language and voice to vividly render world

26.) Must move toward point of story

27.) Representative setting and atmosphere

28.) Render situation vividly – the situation of the story and the purpose of writing it (Think editorially and critically.)

29.) Theme – what is the situation? what is the conflict?

30.) What engine drives the story?

To be continued…

50 things to keep in mind when writing (11-20)

Writing tips useful ,indful

Quick Mindful Tips

11.) When?

12.) Where?

13.) Why?

14.) How?

15.) Need the ending to write the beginning

16.) Revise as you figure out what it is about and what is integral to the story

17.) Construct a version of yourself that will work for the story

18.) Associative aspect – more essay-like than story-like

19.) “Drama of Consciousness”

20.) Voice = percussion

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50 things to keep in mind when writing

Quick Mindful Tips

1.) Conflict is in the middle of the rising action

2.) Circumstantial and internal conflict

3.) Situational conflict is built to clarify the emotional conflict

4.) Text and subtext

5.) To get to the truth of the matter

6.) Narrative distance – in the moment or person now older looking back

7.) Narrative distance collapses when in the moment

8.) Create backstory as setup

9.) Who?

10.) What?

  • More to come – check back.

StoryADay #17 Prompt – Aphorism

Penmanship Anyone?

Every single day Sister Miriam Joseph asks us boys to go outside and clap the erasures.  It’s the only way to get them clean.

Good students are asked because she trusts us to do the right thing when we’re unsupervised.

Boys only.  She never asks the girls. Jimmy claps an erasure against the back of Danny’s uniform jacket.

Does it have to be like this,” asks Danny? Jimmy slaps Danny’s back a little too aggressively to get the marks out

Fine.  I said, it’s fine,” says Danny.

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