Friday, July 31, 2015

4 Day Beach Retreat with NYT Bestseller Jennifer Lauck


August 21-24, 2015  (3 spots left)




Sit under the sun, stroll the beach, work on your writing in the wind, take a yoga class, get to know writers over a fish taco, make a writing plan for the upcoming year!  

All that and more is part of the annual Beach Retreat with New York Times Bestseller, Jennifer Lauck.  We meet together on the Oregon Coast for this 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: $475.00*

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.

We have one spot in a shared house
We have info on a hostel, 30 mins away, that is $30 per night
Spindrift
Sunset Surf
Ocean Inn
Inn at Manzanita
Coast Cabins
Sunset Vacation Rentals
* There are no refunds on deposits or tuitions.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday AM Bones of Storytelling



You gave so much great information in Bones! Your input gave solid insight into how to build a good story. I especially liked structure. Your W diagram showed me very clearly how it's done.  ~ Barbara


Fall registration is open now.  A new term begins Thurs, Sept 17 at 11 a.m.  Click here to sign up.   

With this fine, and powerful class, my goal is to teach you all the bones of story from concept, theme, plot, structure, character and setting.  I also promise to help you walk away with a plan for writing a solid first & second draft.  Everyone who takes this class loves it. 
  

FALL PROGRAM OUTLINE 

Sept. 17, Class 1:  Concept & Theme 

Handouts:  
Concept and Theme
Butler Dreamstorming

NOTE:  You must wait for handouts to download from Dropbox, then click OPEN on far right corner for PDF., or printing will not work.  

Sept. 24, Class 2:  Plot

Handouts: 
Seven Basic Plots
NOTE:  You must wait for handouts to download from Dropbox, then click OPEN on far right corner for PDF., or printing will not work. 

Oct. 1, Class 3:  Structure & W 
Handouts:
W & Structure (email)

Oct. 8, Class 4:  Setting and Character 
Handouts:  
Booker on Character  Pg. 241 - 275 & Chap. 18
Brooks on Character  Pg. 61-85 & 106-115
McKee on Character  Pg. 144 - 159

Oct. 15, Class 5:  Setting/The Antagonist
Handouts:   
McKee Chap. 14 on Antagonist
Setting Sketch Sheet
McKee on Setting and Structure

Oct. 22-Nov. 19, Class 6-10: 
Advanced Concepts as applied to your personal project  & presentations.  TBA


Reference texts for craft and additional recurses:
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller (Creative Non-Fiction)
The Situation and the Story by Vivian Gornick (Creative Non-Fiction)
From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
Story by Robert McKee
Reading like a Writer by Francine Prose
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri 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)
Cultivations of Kindness Meditation (for self acceptance): Click here 
Scrivener (free download for 30 days)
 

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Craft of Writing (AM) Fall

The Craft of Writing Class (AM)  is an intermediate/advanced level course for the writer of memoir, fiction, short story and essay.

We read extraordinary published writing, and work on the elements of craft that include:
Scene development
Sensory immersion
Authentic voice development
Plot
Structure
Character development
Cultivation of the antagonistic forces that swirl within and without.

You will read your work aloud, you will create new work, and you will be supported in a kind, generous and warm atmosphere of professional courtesy.   You will leave this class informed and inspired!


Space fills fast!  Sign up now.  Click here. 


FALL TERM OUTLINE: 

Class 1: Sept. 15

Pre-reading: Critique Articles and 500 word essay samples.  
Intros, hellos, process of class, discussion of text.

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 words total. Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 16 copies please.  
 
Class 2: Sept. 22

Pre-reading: The Farm by Joanna Macy/Scene Handout

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 16 copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons).

Class 3: Sept. 29

500 Word Essay Prompt:  One thing that reminds you of something else.  Reminders.

Pre-reading: Live Through This by Debra Gwartney (see web site below)
Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please.

Class 4: Oct. 6
Pre-reading: The Liar's Club by Mary Karr


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


Class 5: Oct. 13

500 Word Essay Prompt:  The Mirror

Pre-reading: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please. 

Class 6:  Oct. 20
Pre-reading: The Breeze by Joshua Ferris

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please.

Class 7: Oct. 27
500 Word Essay Prompt: Where are you?  The Eight Step Essay Revised
Pre-reading: Showing vs. Telling

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 16 copies please. 


Class 8: Nov. 3
Pre-reading: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please. 

Class 9: Nov. 10

500 Word Essay Prompt: Loss and Gain


Pre-reading: Figment by Elizabeth McCracken

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please.

Class 10: Nov. 17

Pre-reading: Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please.


Reference texts for craft and additional resources:
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller (Creative Non-Fiction)
The Situation and the Story by Vivian Gornick (Creative Non-Fiction)
From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
Story by Robert McKee
Reading like a Writer by Francine Prose
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
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)
Cultivations of Kindness Meditation (for self acceptance): Click here 
Scrivener (free download for 30 days)

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Methods of Writing: Memoir & 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 the essay, the short story and chapter excerpts of published work.    

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.

Fall 2015 registration is now open. Click here to save your spot!


Class 1: Sept. 15
Pre-reading: Critique Articles and 500 word essay samples.  
Intros, hellos, process of class, discussion of text.

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 words total. Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 16 copies please.  
 
Class 2: Sept. 22
Pre-reading: The Farm by Joanna Macy/Scene Handout

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 16 copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons).

Class 3: Sept. 29

500 Word Essay Prompt:  One thing that reminds you of something else.  Reminders.
Pre-reading: Live Through This by Debra Gwartney (see web site below)

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please.

Class 4: Oct. 6
Pre-reading: The Liar's Club by Mary Karr

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

Class 5: Oct. 13

500 Word Essay Prompt:  The Mirror
Pre-reading: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please. 

Class 6:  Oct. 20
Pre-reading: The Breeze by Joshua Ferris

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please.

Class 7: Oct. 27
500 Word Essay Prompt: Where are you?  The Eight Step Essay Revised
Pre-reading: Showing vs. Telling

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring 16 copies please. 


Class 8: Nov. 3
Pre-reading: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please. 
Class 9: Nov. 10
500 Word Essay Prompt: Loss and Gain

Pre-reading: Figment by Elizabeth McCracken

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please.

Class 10: Nov. 17
Pre-reading: Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 16 copies please.


Reference texts for craft and additional resources:
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller (Creative Non-Fiction)
The Situation and the Story by Vivian Gornick (Creative Non-Fiction)
From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
Story by Robert McKee
Reading like a Writer by Francine Prose
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri 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)
Cultivations of Kindness Meditation (for self acceptance): Click here 
Scrivener (free download for 30 days)



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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Aug. to Aug. 52 Books

 
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This year, I set myself to the challenge to read 60 books and was able to read 52.  Here they are: 

1.     To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – Done (2x)
2.     Illuminations, Mary Sharratt (On St. Hildegard) – Done
3.     Snow Falling on Cedars, David Gutterson – Done
4.     A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley – Done
5.     Girl with the Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier – Done
6.     Virgin Blue, Tracy Chevalier – Done
7.     Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See, Juliann Garvey - Done
8.     The Reader - Done
9.     Peace Like a River - Done
10.  Look at Me, Jennifer EganDone
11.  Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward  - Done
12.  Lolita – Done
13.  The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh – Done
14.  Jane Eyer, Bronte – Done
15.  Liar and Spy Rebecca Stead – Done (YA)
16.  Kira-kira, Cynthia Kadohata – Done (YA)
17.  Three Times Lucky, Sheila Turnage – Done (YA)
18.  The End of the Affair, Graham Green – Done
19.  All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr – Done
20.  All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr – Done
21.  Persuasion, Jane Austin – Done
22.  Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austin - Done
23.  Wuthering Heights, Bronte –  Done
24.  Life After Life – Kate Atkinson – Done
25.  Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence  - Done
26.  The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald – Done
27.  The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd – Done
28.  Wednesday Wars - Gary D. Schmidt – Done
29.  About Grace, Anthony Doerr - Done
30.  The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd – Done
31.  The History of Love – Done (2x)
32.  Annie John by Jamaica Kincaide  – Done
33.  Ordinary People by Judith Guest– Done 2x
34.  A Tale for the Time Being- Ruth Ozeki – Done
35.  Okay for Now (YA), Gary D. Schmidt  – Done (2x)
36.  The Descendants by Kali Hemmings – Done
37.  Siddartha – Done (2x)
38.  Countryman of Bones by Robert Olen Butler - Done
39.  Anna Karenina (Done)
40.  Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith - Done
41.  We Live in Water by Jess Walter – Done
42.  Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (done)
43.  10th of December, George Saunders (Done)
44.  Tinkers by Paul Harding  (reading)
45.  Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (reading)
46.  Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken (shorts) – mid-way
47.  Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro (shorts) – mid-way
48.  Little Women Louisa May Alcott (Reading)
49.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  (started…arg)
50.  Kate Atkinson Behind the Scenes in the Museum (started)
51.  Guided Tours of Hell Francine Prose (sample)
52.  A Gesture Life  by Change Rae Lee (own)  END

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Thursday PM Craft Class



"As a very old teacher, I love your touch with people." ~ Helen

This is an approval based class.  Please send 1) References from previous workshops 2) A representative sample of your writing 3) Your background to jennifer@jenniferlauck.com.  I also like writers in who attend 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.  We are reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and watching that movie.  Get your order in for Lee's new book, Go Set a Watchman. 



Class 1: June 11 @ 5:30 - 8:30
Discussion:  Welcome, project share and workshop process, discuss time change to 6 p.m.
Required Text: Robert Olen Butler's From Where We Dream
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Readers:  Cloie, Sara, Barbara, Bill

Class 2:  June 18 @ 5:30 - 8:30 
Discussion:  Chap. 1-5 To Kill a Mockingbird
Readers: Kelli, Carrie, Jeremy,

Class 3: June 25 @ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m
Discussion: Chapter 1-3 From Where You Dream
Readers: Becky, Ann Marie, Audrey, Pat

Class 4:  July 9 @ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Discussion: Chapter 4 From Where You Dream
Chapter 5-12 To Kill a Mockingbird
Readers:  Sara, Barbara, Bill
 
Class 5:  July 16 @ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Additional Reading: From Where You Dream Chap. 5
Watch movie:  To Kill a Mockingbird (discuss)
Readers: Carrie, Pat, Kelli, Ann Marie

Class 6:  July 23 @ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Additional Reading:  Wrap To Kill a Mockingbird
Readers: Becky, Cloie, Jeremy, Audrey

Reference texts and videos:
Cultivations of Kindness Meditation (for self acceptance): Click here
Story by Robert McKee  
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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Tuesday AM Craft Class


"This is such a safe environment to grow and learn, thank you," ~ Cheryl

This page is for students in Craft of Writing at The Attic. We are in the midst of taking registration for Fall Term. We begin Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. If you are signed up, check out the schedule Virtual Option.


Class Detail:  You will read aloud several times to get a deep connection to the storyteller's voice within, we will read a selection of literary essays/short stories as well in order to discuss craft and style, and hone your ability to write scene. 

Required Text:  
From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler 

Story by Robert McKee 

Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller. 

Fall Series: Sept. 15 - Nov. 17

Class 1: Sept. 15

Pre-reading:  Feedback (emailed)
Intros, hellos, process of class, discussion of text.
Required Text:  Story, From Where you Dream, Tell it Slant (CNF)

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 words total. Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring  copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons).  
 
Class 2: Sept. 22
Pre-readingTBA

Workshop Readers:
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 13 copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons).

Class 3: Sept. 29
Pre-reading TBA

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring -- copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons).

Class 4: Oct. 6
Pre-reading

Workshop Readers:
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring -- copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons). 


Class 5: Oct. 13Pre-reading: TBA

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring -- copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons). 

Class 6:  Oct. 20
Pre-reading: TBA

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring 13 copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons).

Class 7: Oct. 27
Pre-reading: TBA

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins.  Bring -- copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons). 


Class 8: Nov. 3
Pre-reading: TBA

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring -- copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons). 

Class 9: Nov. 10
Pre-reading: TBA

Workshop Readers: TBA
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring -- copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons).

Class 10: Nov. 17
Pre-reading: TBA

Workshop Readers: 
This is a 1250 word submission.  Double spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman with one inch margins. Bring -- copies please (copy service at corner next to New Seasons).



Reference texts and videos:  
Cultivations of Kindness Meditation (for self acceptance): Click here
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 01, 2015

Bones of Storytelling - Virtual Option


 


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


 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: $99.00

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

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Do You Read? Edit? Consult?

 
Developmental Evaluations:  You've finished your manuscript and need a sharp, strong reader to take in the larger picture.  My goal is to help you get that book agent ready. With 30 years of storytelling behind me, including my current teachings on structure, plot, character development, I am a terrific reader with a strong sense of story flow.  I think way outside the normal constructs and can see what you are trying to create by this kind of read.  I will read your entire project, looking at the whole of it and create a 20 pg. response for you to revision and re-structure.  We have a one hour follow up call on this, to talk through what I've seen in your work.  You will leave inspired with new possibilities for your redraft. Email me for the costs and availability. 

Consults:  This is for the writer who needs some individual insight.  You submit pages.  5000 word max (double spaced).  I read, make light edits and we talk through some of the issues I see in the work.  I provide handouts, teaching, advice and homework!  $125.00 per consult with a minimum of a three session commitment.  

NOTE:  In 2014/15, I'm booked up on a writing project of my own and can only take a small number of consults and developmental evaluations.  I give priority to current students.  Please send me an email to discuss or speak to me after/before class. 

Email Jennifer@jenniferlauck.com.


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