Begins Monday, May 24, 2021
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Taught by Constantine Singer, author of the YA sci-fi novel STRANGE DAYS, published by Putnam/Penguin Teen.
All great novels start with an idea, but many potentially great novels never make it from idea to manuscript. Whether you're just starting, or stalled out at 20 thousand words, GETTING YOUR STORY OFF THE GROUND will start you from the ground up, giving you strategies for turning your idea into the solid foundation you'll need to facilitate your drafting experience.
The first six weeks of this course will help you expand your idea into a solid story foundation and framework through a study of story structure, character and conflict development, sub-plots, and exploring theme. The final two weeks will be focused on helping you create a fantastic opening chapter and on strategies for getting through the hard spots to come.
While designed specifically for first-time YA novelists, the materials and strategies taught in this course will be useful for anyone writing in any genre or for any age group who’s looking for a way to start a story off right.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.
Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Constantine and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.
You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Constantine engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.
HOW DOES WET INK WORK?
Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.
Instructor: Constantine Singer
Class size limited to 8 writers
Class Starts May 24th, 2021
Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.
Instructor Constantine Singer is the author of Strange Days, a young adult science fiction novel released by Putnam/Penguin Teen in December of 2018. Constantine grew up in Seattle and earned his BA in history from Earlham College and his Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. He is a teacher and a 20 year veteran of Los Angeles area public schools. Constantine only began working towards his dream of being a novelist later in life and his publication journey is the story of a "slush-pile" query success. He currently lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with his family and he still teaches high school history, government and economics in South LA.