Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beach Retreat


August 21-24, 2015



This workshop is an annual event on the Oregon Coast and is open to a dozen writers.  It's a fun, inspiring, power workshop with lots of writing and lots of learning.  Writers come from around the world and end up bonding to become lifetime friends. Don't miss it. Plus, Jennifer will be breaking out her most advanced interpretation of the story pyramid, giving much needed insights about plot, structure, character and scene. 

There will be two days of intensive teaching, from 10-4 with a break for lunch and two days of broken teaching, in the AM and the PM, leaving you time for writing/revision and for resting your mind as you stroll the wide, long beach of Manzanita or hike the narrow, steep trails up Neakahnie Mountain.   You will also have private meetings with Jennifer on your project and will be workshopping with the entire group!

DATES: August 21-24
TIMES: Aug. 21 &23, 10-1 & 4-6:30
Aug. 22 &24 10-4 p.m. (Snacks, tea, coffee provided)
COST: $375.00

Payment Options
ADDL DETAILS: You are responsible for your travel and your accommodations. Great places can be recommended, just ask me at jenniferlauck@gmail.com.

Spindrift Sunset Surf Ocean Inn Inn at Manzanita Coast Cabins Sunset Vacation Rentals * THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON DEPOSITS OR WORKSHOP TUITION ONCE PAID.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday PM Bones of Story Telling

"I'm so happy I signed up for this class. You have blown me away with your enthusiasm and passion. Wow, can't wait to dig in and do the work." 
~ Michael T. 
 
 
We begin our Spring term on May 7 at 5:30-7:30 and are in the midst of taking registration.  Click here to sign up.

My goal is to teach concept, theme, plot, structure, character and setting AND, for you to walk away with a plan for writing a solid first & second draft.  Everyone who takes this class loves it.




Begins May 7th

Apr. 1, Class 1:  Concept &Theme

Apr. 8, Class 2:  Characterization with handouts/The Antagonist

Apr. 15, Class 3:  Setting and Character

Apr. 22, Class 4:  Structure & Plot

Apr. 29, Class 5:  Your project on the W structure chart


Reference texts: 
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker (required)
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks (required)
Story by Robert McKee (Spring/required)

Shadows Beneath by Brandon Sanderson
(For sci-fi writer's)  Also see: Writing Excuses

Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
PROGRAM:  Scrivener (free download for 30 days). 

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Thursday AM Craft Class

"Thank you so much - you are a wonderful instructor, you should know this as many times as you've heard it. As a very old teacher I love your touch with people." ~ Helen

This page is for students in the AM Craft Class at The Attic. We are in the midst of taking registration for Spring Term. We begin Apr. 2nd at 10:30 a.m. If you are signed up, check out the schedule Virtual Option.

Class Detail:  You will read aloud nine times, five via 1250 word  submission, four via the 500 word essay. We will read a selection of literary essays as well, discuss craft and style, and will hone your ability to write scene. 

My goal, in this class, is to teach dialogue, sensory details, character development, and story flow.  It is also my goal to provide core teachings about plot, structure and character. 


Required Text:  Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller
Suggested Text:  Story by Robert McKee


Class 3: Apr. 16
Reading Assignments: Showing vs. Telling/Scene/The One Year Marriage by J.Lauck

Workshop Readers:  Kate, Kelly, Tiffany, Sam, Dawnn
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 11 copies please.

Class 4: Apr. 23
Two Pg. Essay Assignment (500 words) Prompt: Parenting
This is a 500 word essay, on the topic of your choice, that tells a whole story with a beginning, middle and end. 
Reading Assignment: Thunderstruck by McCracken
Workshop Readers: Sue Gano, Marie G., Rosemary K., Emily, Pat
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 11 copies please.

Class 5: Apr. 30
Reading Assignment: Sticks by George Saunders
Workshop Readers:  Kate, Kelly,Tiffany, Sam, Dawnn
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. 

Second Half - B Series
Class 1:  May 7
Reading Assignment: 2 pg. essay critique advice (Emailed)
Workshop Readers:TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  

Class 2:  May 14
Two Pg. Essay Assignment (500 words) Prompt: The Last Minute
This is a 500 word essay, on the topic of your choice, that tells a whole story with a beginning, middle and end. Use the 8 Step Essay handout for your structure.  Bring three copies.

Reading Assignment: TBA

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 11 copies please.

Class 3: May 21
Reading Assignments: TBA

Workshop Readers:  TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 11 copies please.

Class 4: May 28
Two Pg. Essay Assignment (500 words) Prompt: TBA
This is a 500 word essay, on the topic of your choice, that tells a whole story with a beginning, middle and end. 
Reading Assignment: TBA
Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 11 copies please.

Class 5: June 4
Reading Assignment: TBA
Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  

Reference texts:  Click on Links
Keep it Short by Danny Heitman (Click on link)
Debra Gwartney on Memoir  (click on link) 
Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays  (click on link)
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
Story by Robert McKee

Book Suggestions:

Live Through This by Debra Qwartney
Crazy for the Storm by Norm Olestead
Figment of my Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM:  Scrivener (free download for 30 days). 

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Wednesday AM Bones of Storytelling


You gave us so much great information during these short 5 weeks. Your input in class was a huge help and it gave me a lot of solid insight into how to build a good story. I especially liked the class you taught on structure, your W diagram showed me very clearly how poorly laid out my plot was. Yikes! I have a lot of work to do and am busy re-writing my manuscript. ~ Barbara




We have begun spring registration now and begin a new term Wed., April 1st at 11 a.m.  Click here to sign up.   

My goal is to teach concept, theme, plot, structure, character and setting AND, for you to walk away with a plan for writing a solid first & second draft.  Everyone who takes this class loves it.
  





Apr. 1, Class 1:  Concept &Theme 

Handouts:  Concept/Theme
                    Hierarchy of Story

Homework: 

  • Spend about 40 minutes writing as many What If Questions as you can on your project.  50-80 is about normal.  Samples sent via email. 
  • Balance out your theme as shown on pg. 125
  • Print out Plot handout (link below), print, read, bring.  This is the first seven chapters of Booker.
Apr. 8, Class 2:  Plot

Handouts:  Seven Basic Plots


Homework: 
  • Spend about 40 minutes revising What If Question. 
  • Send your balanced theme to jennifer@jenniferlauck.com
  • Print out W and Structure Handouts.
  • Watch Thelma and Louise

Apr. 15, Class 3:  Structure & W

Handouts: W & Structure (email)

Apr. 22, Class 4:  Setting and Character 

Handouts:  Booker on Character
                    Brooks on Character
                    McKee on Character

Apr. 29, Class 5:  Your project on the W structure chart

Reference texts: 
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker (required)
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks (required)
Story by Robert McKee (required)

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
On Writing by Stephen King
Turning Life into Fiction by Robin Hemley
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
PROGRAM:  Scrivener (free download for 30 days). 

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Methods of Memoir: Turn Life into Fiction

This is a workshop based, lab style writing class where you learn how to hone your lived experience into a well told story.  Since we are culling our teaching from literature, fiction writers are welcome and will learn as much about craft as the memoir writer.  You will be reading your work out loud, creating new work from prompts, and studying essay's, short stories, movies (for structure).  I'll also be incorporating great advice from other writers including Debra Qwartney, Bernard Cooper, Jane Smiley, Robert McKee and Stephen King. 

This is a terrific class for the writer who has had some experience with their craft and needs a community, as well as mentorship.  You will leave class inspired and energized. 

NOTE:  Former students of The Bones of Storytelling and AM Craft Class will be very happy here as well.

Starts March 30, 2015 @ 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Assignments will be made once class registration is finished. 

Register Here

Class 1:  March 30
Reading Assignment: Critique Chapter & One Year Marriage by J. Lauck  

Workshop Readers: Everyone
This is a 1250 words total. Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring five copies please.  

Homework:  Chart scenes and summary/exposition in One Year Marriage and Thunderstruck.  Bring to class April 6.  

Class 2:  April 6
Reading Assignment: Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken
Workshop Readers: Susan, Janice, Kelly, Shauna
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 14 copies please.

Class 3: April 13
 
Reading Assignment: Victory Lap by George Saunders 

Workshop Readers: Karen, Caitlin, Barbara, Allison, Kate
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 14 copies please.

Class 4:  April 20
Reading Assignment: Scene Progressions by Robert McKee

Workshop Readers: Jamyelese, Katherine, Sherold, Robin
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.   Bring 14 copies please.

Class 5: April 27

Reading Assignment:  Awaiting Orders by Tobia's Wolf

Workshop Readers:  Everyone
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 5 copies please



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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Bones of Storytelling - Virtual Option


Bones of Story Telling Class via online formatting

Every time Jennifer opens her mouth, I learn something!  ~ Eddie Leuken, Student  


This is a truly extraordinary class that will change everything about the way you think about writing and your own work.  Beginner to advanced, all who take this class are blown away.  You will leave this class 100% clear about what needs to happen to finish your novel, essay, short story or memoir. Learn about story at the core level and more, how story reaches a reader.  Leave empowered with tools to finish a quality draft. 




 You will learn: 
  • The seven basic plots
  • Three/four and five part structure systems
  • Story concept and theme
  • Seven character types
  • The four dimensions of antagonism
  • How to find your controlling idea as a result of the climatic action
Let creativity and advance planning work together.  Save yourself years of confusion, wasted time, frustration and rejection.  Leave this class with clarity, knowledge and a plan to finish (and publish) your novel, memoir and/or short story/creative non-fiction collection.

COST: $195.00

OR: Send me an email, jennifer@jenniferlauck.com and I'll get you an address to send a check.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday PM Craft Class: Wait List

"Thank you so much - you are a wonderful instructor, you should know this as many times as you've heard it. As a very old teacher I love your touch with people." ~ Helen

This page is for all the students in the PM Craft Class.  If you are interested, Click Here.

This is an approval based class.  You need to check with me before signing up.  Please send 1) References from previous workshops 2) A representative sample of your writing 3) Your background as a writer to jennifer@jenniferlauck.com.  I also like writers in this class to have taken The Bones of Storytelling.  You can do this online or attend prior to attempting to take this class. 

NOTE:  Current class, check schedule below and if you need to switch your reading time with another writer, please let Cloie know ASAP 


Spring Series (Begins March 19th)
We will be charting The Reader and reading Ordinary People

Class 1: Mar. 19 @ 5:30 - 8:30 
Additional Reading: Wrap Discussion of McKee Study
Readers: Sara, Elyse, Bill, Barbara

Class 2: Apr. 2 @ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m
Additional Reading:  The Reader, chart arc and subplots
Readers: Cloie, Becky, Nancy, Barbara, Marla

Class 3:  Apr. 9 @ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Discuss Feedback Systems & From Where you Are
Readers: Marilyn, Audrey, Sara, Elyse, Bill
 
Class 4:  Apr. 16 @ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Additional Reading:  Discuss Ordinary People

Readers:  Carrie, Cloie, Becky, Nancy

Class 5:  Apr. 23 @ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Additional Reading:  TBA 
Readers: Carrie, Marla, Marilyn, Audrey

 

Reference texts: 
Story by Robert McKee (REQUIRED)  
Debra Gwartney on Memoir  (click on link) 
Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays  (click on link)
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Elements of Style by Strunk/White
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman



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