2019 Thursday Master Writing Classes - Registration and Fees Required
2019 Thursday Master Writing Classes
CAC19 offers two Master Class modules. The modules will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
If you have registered for CAC 19, please note that this is option is discounted on the CAC19 registration packets. Please visit those pages.
If you would like to sign up for a CAC19 Master Class module, but are not attending the conference, then you are on the correct page!
Afternoon Session 1:30 - 4:45, Thursday, April 25th, 2019. Bellingham Yacht Club
Each year we offer writing craft sessions from the best editors and authors in the publishing industry. This year we are excited to announce that we have J. D. Barker, the Master of Suspense, as a teacher of a Master Writing Craft Module along with sessions and panels at CAC19. J.D. is also the keynote presenter at Saturday's Luncheon. Check out his link here.
Barker is no stranger to helping fellow authors. Prior to publishing his first novel in 2014, he spent more than two decades working as a ghost writer and book doctor – a period he credits for teaching him what works and what doesn’t in today’s mass-market fiction.
J.D. Barker successfully published his debut as an indie and sold enough copies to land on the radar of the traditional publishers in a BIG way including seven-figure advances, two feature films, and a television program. He’ll open his toolbox and explain exactly what he did to make it happen. This is a not-to-be-missed session for any aspiring author or the seasoned veteran trying to find their place in today’s publishing world.
Constructing and Deconstructing a Novel - by J.D. Barker
Constructing and Deconstructing a novel - this former book-doctor has worked on hundreds of novels over twenty plus years and credits that experience with teaching him what works and what doesn’t in today’s publishing world. He’ll pull back the curtain and walk you through the building blocks necessary to tell your story in a way that will resonate with readers, agents, and editors.
Jessica Page Morrell
Jessica is teaching the morning Master Writing Class (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) on April 25, 2019 at the Bellingham Yacht Club.
Master Class: Revision & Editing: Secrets of The Dark Arts
Jessica P. Morrell ©
Once you’ve finished a draft of your novel it’s time to buckle down. Because writers need to learn how to revise and edit themselves. Period. Revision skills are what separate amateur writers from polished and publishable writers.
It’s not easy, and yes it can seem daunting. But then, it’s a learned skill like many others, so we’re going to dig in with a four-step program. Why four steps you ask? You cannot work effectively at all levels of a novel or memoir at the same time. You need to work first with the structure and straighten out the big problems, then move down to the next level. It’s pointless to become preoccupied with single paragraphs or sentences if the whole structure is shaky. After all, some of those paragraphs you’re obsessing over might not make it to the final draft. In fiction you’re assuring that each of the three acts—intro or set up, adding complications, resolving the conflict, all exist in the right proportion and contain the appropriate twists and reversals. In the same way, you need to tackle each chapter, section, sub-section, paragraph and sentences.
This workshop is designed for fiction writers and memoirists to refine your first draft in thoughtful, organized steps. Step 1 begins with the macro or larger picture that includes the story arc and inspired fixes for pacing and plot holes. During this vital first pass you make certain you’ve got all the necessary scenes and start weeding out the chaff. The first pass also focuses on balance and determines if there is too much or not enough exposition, if the transitions work, and if the dramatic central question carries through each of the three acts.
Step 2 is all about tracking your key characters with a special focus on motivation and goals. Are they consistent? Memorable? Do the members of your cast have distinctive voices? Do their arcs make sense and is the protagonist interacting with the antagonist and secondary characters enough? Do any characters feel flat, contrived, or is there too much focus on one?
Step 3 examines individual subplots, scenes, and dialogue. Are the subplots needed and can they be tightened? Is there too much or too little dialogue? Do the dialogue scenes need to be cut off sooner? Can you omit attributions and their descriptors? Do the scenes contain tension and forward momentum and have you included cliffhangers?
Step 4 (finally!) means you’ve reached the copyediting stage where refine you until you
cannot stand it anymore are satisfied. You might still be tightening, fixing typos and punctuation, placing “perfect words in perfect places”, amping up verbs and adding music to your prose through alliteration and figurative language.
- A casual lunch is included
- Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided
- The BYC bar opens at 5 p.m.
- Conference attendees receive a discounted rate to attend the Master Writing Classes
- Free and ample parking available
- Jessica Page Morrell will teach the morning module ( 9:30 - 12:30. until noon) Topic: REVISION & EDITING: Secrets of the Dark Arts
This workshop includes an exercise so please bring in 3 copies of your opening 5 pages to edit. You’ll receive a cornucopia of cheat sheets and handouts, and learn tricks of the trade from a developmental editor with more than 25 years of experience.
- J.D. Barker will teach the afternoon module (1:30 - 4:30) Topic: Constructing and Deconstructing a Novel