Monday, April 14, 2014

Hawthorne Fellows Update




Welcome Spring/Summer 
Hawthorne Fellows:


PROGRAM GOAL: Create work of publishable quality, learn how to work with feedback and make changes promptly, and publish in The Boulevard three times.  






 

4/14            INTRO – Work together—Feedback Info

1st Issue and 1st round Editor Groups:

Brian/Fletcher
Andy/Don
Jessica/Amy/Kim

  • Receive work in meeting/read and give feedback by 4/28
  • Revise based on feed back – twice (read aloud to self)
  • Bring four copies to by 5/5 session.

5/5            DISCUSSION/Q&A

1st Issue and 2nd round Editor Groups:

Jessica/Brian
Amy/Don
Kim/Fletcher/Andy

  • Receive work in meeting/read and give feedback by 5/10
  • Revise based on feed back – twice (read aloud to self)
  • DEADLINE FOR JENNIFER SUB:  5/16  Mark FINAL
  • FIND PHOTO TO ACCOMPANY YOUR WORK/SUBMIT

5/19             DISCUSSION/Q&A           

1st Issue Pub./Party 
           
REVIEW ISSUE, final discussions around any changes and why, agree, disagree etc, discuss what comes next and how the issue went. 

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Monday 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 all the students in the AM Craft Class at The Attic. We are in the midst of taking registration and students for the April class.  NOTE:  The spring and summer classes are just 5 weeks.  If you are signed up, get a jump by checking out the current schedule and the recommended reading.  Virtual Option, click here.

Class Detail:  Writers pre-create and share with each other each class.  The 2 pg. essay.  There will be one essay per class...to experience excellent writing.  (Bring 2 copies)There will be work-shopping each class.  3 per class. 5-7 pgs max.

My goal, in this class, is to teach you all I know about crafting fine scenes via the incorporation of dialogue, sensory details, character development and forward momentum of action.  It is also my intention to give you basic information about plot, structure and character, from a readers view point, so you can better shape your ideas to read the reader.

Class 1:  March 31
Essay:   Can Corn, Please by Jess Walter (Dropbox)     
Readers: Courtney, Elyse, Joy

Homework:  
Write a 2 pg. essay and email to Jennifer (if you didn't do 1st one)
Write your next 2 pg essay, bring two copies to class.
Readers, bring 10 copies of your work to class.
Print out Edit Mark Meanings pg. from email.


Class 2:   April 7
Essay:   Fourth State of Matter by Joanne Beard       
Readers: Julia, Bridget, Amber

Homework:  
Write your next 2 pg essay, PROMPT:  Marriage, relationship, therapy.  Bring two copies to class.
Readers, bring 10 copies of your work to class.

Class 3:   April 14
Essay:  One Year Marriage by Jennifer Lauck (Drop Box)       
Readers: Mark, Rebecca

Homework:  
Write your next 2 pg essay, PROMPT:  Hard/Easy  Bring two copies to class.
Readers, bring 10 copies of your work to class.


Class 4:   April 21
Essay:   Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays     
Readers:  Courtney, Elyse, Joy, Julia

Class 5:  April 29
Essay: Keep it Short by Danny Heitman      
Readers: Bridget, Amber, Mark, Rebecca


Required Text:
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller    
Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays
Keep it Short by Danny Heitman

Reference texts:
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker (Power of three--229)
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
PROGRAM:  Scrivener (free download for 30 days). 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Bones of Story Telling Class

"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. 
 
Welcome to the page for participants in the Sunday PM, Bones of Storytelling Class.

We are in the midst of taking registration and students for the April class.  If you are signed up, get a jump on this terrific class by taking a look at the required books listed at the bottom of this page.  You can also have a sneak peak by looking at the current class schedule.  

My goal, in this class, is to teach concept, theme, plot, structure and character and for each writer to walk away with a plan for writing their draft. 

Class 1 ~ April 6:   Intro, Set up, Concept - What If?' & Theme discussion

Homework:  
1)  Finish at least 40 What If questions.  (Remember, there is no right or wrong.  Don't analyze while you create.  Just create). 
2) Balance out your theme - pg. 125. 
3) Ask for your ending and write down the image/scene that comes to you.
4) Print out handouts sent via Drop Box for next week's class

Class 2 ~ April 13:   Plot

Homework:
1)  Fine Tune What If Questions.   
2)  Figure out what your plot is.
3)  What do you love to read?  Think about this and remember, this is what you need to be writing.

Class 3 ~ April 20: Character within Plot base
Class 4 ~ April 27: Structure
Class 5 ~ May 4: Setting - W Charting


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

Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter. 
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
PROGRAM:  Scrivener (free download for 30 days). 
Punctuation Basics (link--print please) 

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Beach Retreat


Workshop Nirvana

August 22-25, 2014

 
This year, you will be bringing a 10-page project for intensive review and you'll be put on task to create new work.  



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.  

Each day,  you'll create a two page essays with a beginning, a middle and an end, based on a Jennifer inspired prompt, and then will be reading that work to a partner (and Jennifer) in order to refine your writing technique and jump start projects that might be languishing on the sidelines. 

DATES: August22-25

TIMES: Aug. 22 &24, 10-1 & 5-7:30
Aug. 23 &25 10-4 p.m. (Snacks, tea, coffee provided)
COST: $475.00 (Earlybirds get $100 off.  Sign up early by Emailing to Jennifer@jenniferlauck.com).

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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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Tuesday Bones of Storytelling Class

"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. 

Welcome to the page for participants in the Tuesday AM, Bones of Storytelling Class.

We are in the midst of taking registration and students for the April class.  If you are signed up, get a jump on this terrific class by taking a look at the required books listed at the bottom of this page.  You can also have a sneak peak by looking at the current class schedule. 

My goal, in this class, is to teach concept, theme, plot, structure and character and for each writer to walk away with a plan for writing their draft.   Everyone who takes this class, loves it.
  

Class 1 ~ April 1:   Intro, Concept - What If?' & Theme discussion

Homework:  
1)  Finish at least 40 What If questions.  (Remember, there is no right or wrong.  Don't analyze while you create.  Just create). 
2)  Balance out your theme - pg. 125. 
3)  Ask for your ending and write down the image/scene that comes to you.
4) Print out handouts sent via Drop Box for next week's class

Class 2 ~ April 8:   Plot

Homework:
1)  Fine Tune What If Questions.   
2)  Figure out what your plot is.
3)  What do you love to read?  Think about this and remember, this is what you need to be writing.

Class 3 ~ April 15: Character within Plot base

Homework:
1)  List your characters - Assign Campbell character qualities/Booker aspects   
2)  Ask Brooks questions from pg. 112 of your protagonist
3)  Watch American Hustle and Stranger than Fiction


Class 4 ~ April 22: Structure
Class 5 ~ April 29: Setting - W Charting

Reference texts:
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker (required)
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks (required)
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter. 
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
PROGRAM:  Scrivener (free download for 30 days). 
Punctuation Basics (link--print please) 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Virtual Advanced Writing Class



Jennifer Lauck Mp3 download with handouts
 
This is advanced class is as good as taking a teaching with me in person.  In seven hours, this series covers the necessary tools you need to be a fine storyteller. 1) Structure. 2) Scene. 3) Characterization. Over three separate sessions, all downloaded to your listening device, you will learn through exercises and by listening to the evolution of the students in the program. Students love this class.  It's on your schedule but it also feels like you are in a live class. 

"I want to thank you for an amazing class. I took copious notes and could barely settle my brain down to fall asleep. I woke up 5:30 this morning with memories of my early childhood. I jumped out of bed (I usually hit snooze at least three times) and started to write. You have inspired me. Yet again. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
   —Beth
 
"I went outside after class with you, sat in the sunshine and thought about how thankful I am for you and your teaching. I always feel like I can move mountains after your class. I am starting to understand a little more each time. You are so inspiring."
   —Anglea

COST: $150.00


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Monday PM 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 all the students in the PM Craft Class at The Attic. We are in the midst of taking registration and students for the April class.  NOTE:  The spring and summer classes are just 5 weeks.  If you are signed up, get a jump by checking out the current schedule and the recommended reading.  Virtual Option, click here.

Class Detail:  Writers pre-create and share with each other each class.  The 2 pg. essay.  There will be one essay per class...to experience excellent writing.  There will be work-shopping each class.  4 per class. 5 pgs max.

My goal, in this class, is to teach you all I know about crafting fine scenes via the incorporation of dialogue, sensory details, character development and forward momentum of action.  It is also my intention to give you basic information about plot, structure and character, from a readers view point. If you are signed up, get a jump by checking out the current schedule and the recommended reading. Virtual Option, click here.


Class 7 ~ Apr. 7: Prompt:  In the Woods (2 pg. essay/short story with beginning, middle, end)
  Model essay:  The Greatest Nature Essay Ever by Brian Doyle
  Readers: Erin, Lisa, Keri, Sara

Class 8 ~ Apr. 21: Prompt:  Vengeance (2 pg. essay/short story with beginning, middle, end)
  Model essay:  Abbey Pinola by Tom Rachman (The Perfectionists
  Readers: Lily, Paula, Carrie



Reference texts:
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller (required)
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks(required)

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
Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays



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Virtual Structure Class


Bones of Story Telling Class via online formatting

Learn concept, theme, plot, structure and character. Walk away with a plan for writing your next draft.

Learn and practice: 

  •  The seven basic plots 
  •  Three/four and five part structure systems
  •  Story concept and theme
  •  Seven character types



Learn how to map your story on the W structure chart and the expanded pillar chart. Learn how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader.
Stop wasting precious time writing in circles. Learn how to get out of that 50-150 pg. slump. I'll show you how creativity and advance planning can work together in your process. 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.

Class 1: Concept & Theme discussion
Class 2: Plot discussion—Seven Basic plots and how your book fits in this form. And why!
Class 3: Character studies within Seven Basic Plot base and the model of Joseph Campbell archetypes
Class 4: Structure—W Charting
Class 5: Charting your What if ?'s on the W and the value of Setting
You will leave these 5 weeks with a very important understanding of what your WHOLE project is about and have a full map to follow as you get through the next draft.

COST: $195.00 (Paypal or check)






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Monday, February 03, 2014

Bones of Storytelling - Virtual Option


Bones of Story Telling Class via online formatting

Learn concept, theme, plot, structure and character. Walk away with a plan for writing your next draft.

Learn and practice:

    The seven basic plots
    Three/four and five part structure systems
    Story concept and theme
    Seven character types
    Learn how to map your story on the W structure chart and the expanded pillar chart. Learn how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader.
    Stop wasting precious time writing in circles. Learn how to get out of that 50-150 pg. slump. I'll show you how creativity and advance planning can work together in your process. 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.

    Class 1: Concept & Theme discussion
    Class 2: Plot discussion—Seven Basic plots and how your book fits in this form. And why!
    Class 3: Character studies within Seven Basic Plot base and the model of Joseph Campbell archetypes
    Class 4: Structure—W Charting
    Class 5: Charting your
    What if ?'s on the W and the value of Setting

    You will leave these 5 weeks with a very important understanding of what your WHOLE project is about and have a full map to follow as you get through the next draft.

    COST: $195.00

    OR: Send me an email and I'll get you an address to send a check.

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