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Becoming an Author
Aged 10 to Adult

We are naturally filled with creativity and wild imaginations. Some of us want to harness this through writing as a means of entertaining others. To captivate readers, you must balance a unique imagination with a sense of professionalism. This workshop is designed to develop your craft as a writer. Becoming an Author is a series of workshops designed to help you develop a story and potentially get it published. We will be focusing on developing ideas, structuring plots, character development, pacing and illustrating - all while getting familiar with your target audience. 
HOW IT WORKS

- When student registers/pays, they are given a link to a Google Classroom
- Students work with Author Christopher Francis via the Google Classroom 
- Students are given tasks and lessons each week to work on and then share their progress/work through Google Documents/Google Classroom. 
- Christopher gives feedback through Google Classroom and Google Documents
- Tasks and lessons are focused on the student's story ideas
- Students develop their very own story
OUTLINE

Week 1: STORY IDEAS 
Brainstorm story ideas
Picking your audience
Is there a message?
Developing a character


Week 2: SUMMARIZE STORY 
Look at sample summaries (my summaries and others)
Developing the character 
Introduce your main characters and themes in the first third of your novel. If you are writing a plot-driven genre novel make sure all your major themes/plot elements are introduced in the first third, which you can call the introduction. Develop your themes and characters in your second third, the development. Resolve your themes, mysteries and so on in the final third, the resolution.


Week 3: OUTLINE of STORY 
Working on an outline
Writing Activity: 
Show and Tell 
Building Character 
Describe Character (Visually)
Describing personality 
How might your character’s personality change or develop as your story goes on? 
Fun facts - 
Funny/curious/interesting back-story that happened to this character? Perhaps an event? 

Week 4: WRITING the STORY 
Choosing a tense
Dialogue tips
Narration tips
Voice - personality in the way you narrate
Make your characters real through details. A girl who bites her nails or a guy with a limp will be far more memorable than characters who are presented with lengthy head-to-toe physical descriptions.
Activity: Outline the three acts of your story 
Follow me - bringing personality to characters 

Week 5: SHOW don’t TELL
Difference between showing and telling in writing
Character driven
Colouring and shading
TIPS 
EDIT


Week 6: WRITING STORY and Illustrations
Beginning, Middle, End?
Do you have a story within your story?
WRITING ACTIVITIES
Sentence Starter
EDIT/FINISH



PRICE

$240.00 Canadian for a 6 week session
Price includes 2-3 activities per week with communication/feedback (see outline below)