Thursday, July 24, 2014

Beach Retreat


Workshop Nirvana

August 22-25, 2014 - ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT!

 
This year, you will be bringing a 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.

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, July 23, 2014

Wednesday AM Bones of Storytelling Class


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


Welcome to the page for participants in the Fall, Wednesday AM Bones of Storytelling Class.  We begin Sept. 17th at 11 a.m., and are in the midst of taking registration.  Click Here.  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. 

My goal in these ten weeks 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.
  

Sept. 17 ~ Class 1:   Concept, What If Questions & Theme Discussion  

Class 2:  Plot Discussion

Class 3:  Structure Discussion

Class 4:  Character Discussion

Class 5:  Setting Discussion

Class 6-10:  Workshop full projects 

Reference texts: 
Story by Robert McKee (required)
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
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 PM 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 Fall, Wednesday PM Bones of Storytelling Class.  We begin Sept. 17th at 5:30-7:30 and are in the midst of taking registration.  Click Here.  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. 

My goal in these ten weeks 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.
  
Sept. 17 ~ Class 1:   Concept, What If Questions & Theme Discussion 

Class 2:  Plot Discussion

Class 3:  Structure Discussion

Class 4:  Character Discussion

Class 5:  Setting Discussion

Class 6-10:  Workshop full projects

Reference texts: Story by Robert McKee (required)
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
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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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Advanced 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.

NOTE:  This is an approval based class, meaning you need to check with me before signing up.  At this time, the class is full but to be wait listed, 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. 

Class Begins Sept. 18th at 5:30 p.m. :  Workshop and Essay Schedule to come Sept. 5. 
 
Reference texts: 
Story by Robert McKee (REQUIRED) 
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
Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays



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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 all the students in the AM Craft Class at The Attic. We are in the midst of taking registration and are nearly full!  We begin on Sept. 17th at 10:30 a.m. Get your spot OR get on the wait list.  If you are already signed up, get a jump by checking out the schedule (under constructions) and the recommended reading.  Virtual Option, click here.

Class Detail:  Writers pre-create and share a two page essay with a beginning/middle and end to hone your craft skills weekly.  3 to 4 writers will also workshop 5 pages each week and that schedule will be posted by Sept. 10.  Last, each class has a craft teaching including an essay you will pre-read to discuss. 

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.


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Required Text:
Tell it Slant by Brenda Miller    


Reference texts:  Click on Links or Order Books
Philip Lopate on Writing Personal Essays
Keep it Short by Danny Heitman
Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Fields
Story by Robert McKee


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

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Monday, July 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.  






 


 7/14   DISCUSSION/Q&A

3rd Issue and 1st Round Editor Groups.

Holly Lorincz of the Macgregor Agency via SKYPE

Amy/Jessica/Kim
Don/Brian/Fletcher

  • Receive work in meeting/read and give feedback by 7/24
  • Revise based on feed back – twice (read aloud to self)
  • Bring four copies to by 7/28 session.

7/28             DISCUSSION/Q&A

Amy/Fletcher
Jessica/Brian
Kim/Don

  • Receive work in meeting/read and give feedback by 8/3
  • Revise based on feed back – twice (read aloud to self)
  • DEADLINE FOR JENNIFER SUB:  8/8 Mark FINAL
  • FIND PHOTO TO ACCOMPANY YOUR WORK/SUBMIT


8/11       DISCUSSION/Q&A

3rd Issue Pub./Party 
REVIEW ISSUE, final discussions around any changes and why, agree, disagree etc, discuss what comes next


We have six hours left and you are invited to take two of the three Bones of Storytelling Class Lectures on Plot, Character, and/or Structure.  The dates are:  Sept.  24 (Plot), Oct. 1 (Structure) & 8 (Character).    (Alternatively, you can have these recordings and listen on your own). 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Do You Read? Edit? Consult?

 

Whole Project Evaluation:  This service is for the writer who is done and ready to submit to an agent or done and ready to get some great, impartial, professional advice.  I accept about ten manuscript submissions a year.  Evaluations are $1250.00 and take about 4 to 6 weeks.  I read your entire project and will tell you straight about your work.  If it's not ready, I'll help you devise a revision strategy, will do a couple chapters of hard line edits and give you a project summary (6 to 8 pages).  If it is ready but needs some tuning, I'll do the same but also help you devise your agent submission strategy.  NOV BOOKED.

Consults:  This is for the writer who needs some individual insight.  You submit pages.  15 minimum.  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 project evals.  Please write to me with a representative sample of your work, and I'll let you know if I can take you on.  

Email Jennifer@jenniferlauck.com to get started or to ask questions


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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

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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