“Write it Right” featuring author, Rhonda McKnight, is an intensive workshop designed around the three essential building blocks of fiction (who, why, and why not of conflict), character development, dialogue, story structure, rewriting and self-editing. Students learn how to use the combination of critical story elements, structure and editing to create strong plots and compelling characters and great pacing. The other critical elements of fiction (setting, structure, theme, etc.) will also be introduced. And you build a story as the class goes along. That’s right. You will really use your writing muscles.
What qualifies me to teach you writing? Several things, but the number one is that I love writing, and I love teaching. I’m a bit of a dream chaser, so I get it…you are gifted and you want to see your dream of holding your novel in your hands come true. I used to be you; or you are a published author and you know you need to improve your craft. Continuing education is critical to the success of a writer’s longevity in this business. Readers expect and deserve the best. I applaud you for caring about your career. I know I can help you to become a better writer. See the About Rhonda page for my experience publishing other authors.
I have several award winning novels under my belt, most notably my 2015 Emma Award for Unbreak My Heart, ten years of free-lance editing experience, a master’s degree in adult education, and 20 years of career experience training and providing coaching services for state government. I told you I enjoyed teaching.
Join me. You won’t regret it. Click HERE for testimonials from previous students.
The next workshop begins September 21, 2020!
The following is an example of the schedule:
Monday nights beginning September 21, 2020 – October 21, 2020, and November 2, 2020
Week 1 – Getting Started
Week 2 – Backstory and Point of View
Week 3 – Creating Emotionally Dynamic Characters –
Week 4 – Building A Plot That Won’t Crumble
Week 5 – Dialogue: It’s Not Just Talk and Heart-Thumping Description
Week 6 – Revision and Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
Free – Podcast – Scene and Structure
What You’ll Learn
- How and when to use backstory without slowing down the story
- Draft Writing Techniques
- Plotting – Who, Why and Why Not and several plotting methods are shared
- Character development and characterization techniques
- How to enhance your writing through description and sensory details
- How to write attention grabbing openings, stake-raising middles, and a solid endings
- Techniques to improve your dialogue-writing skills and the mechanics of structure and punctuation in dialogue
- Revision – The best books are rewritten. Solid plan for revising your manuscript
- Self-editing – Specific strategies and a plan for polishing your work
What You’ll Need
- A computer or smart phone or tablet with Internet access (ability to login to Zoom)
- A writing sample (not required)
- A few hours outside of class to work on exercises
- A great attitude and a desire to learn
Monday evenings – 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EST – Classes are delivered online, but in a LIVE format.
$150 – registration deadline September 7, 2020. Payment plan available.
$175 – Late registration deadline September 17, 2020. No payment plan.
Add-ons available (for course registrants only)
- 3,000 word critique of your project – $50 (discounted 60%)
- 45-minute coaching session $25 (full price $50)
- Both critique and coaching session $65
- Full Manuscript Evaluation – 20% off
Note – Deadline to pay for Add-ons is October 15. Services must be used by March 30, 2021 unless other arrangements are made to extend the time.
Due to limited class size and first come/first serve nature of the class space, payments are non-refundable.
Contact Rhonda McKnight at firstname.lastname@example.org with all questions. Include “Writing Workshop” in the subject of the email to ensure you receive a prompt response. Include details about the classes you want to take.
PayPal invoice and Registration Form will be emailed.
Here are some things I’ve learned and some books I’d recommend:
Join a writer and/or critique group. Whether online or in person, this has been one of the most important things in developing me as a writer.
Join national writing organizations and go to writing conferences. Great choices include the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. There are many others depending on your genre. But join something, network and learn.
Read Read Read!!!!! Nothing more telling than a writer who doesn’t read. Read things in your genre and outside of your genre. It’s important to be a well rounded writer.
Study the Craft of Writing. These are a few among many craft books on my shelves:
- The First Five Pages – Noah Lukeman (one of the first writing books you should read)
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers – Rennie Browne and Dave King (another “first” book)
- Telling the Tale – Angela Benson
- Goal, Motivation and Conflict – Deb Dixon (Must be purchased from the author at http://www.debradixon.com/gmc.html )
- Writing the Breakout Novel – Donald Maas (a must read)
- Stein on Writing – Sol Stein
- Save the Cat Writes a Novel – Blake Snyder
- Any and all of the Writer’s Digest series (I highly recommend Scene and Structure, Description, and Point of View)