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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. 

- 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 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 at their own pace

Brainstorm story ideas
Picking your audience
Is there a message?
Developing a character

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.

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? 
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 

Difference between showing and telling in writing
Character driven
Colouring and shading

WRITING STORY and Illustrations
Beginning, Middle, End?
Do you have a story within your story?
Sentence Starter


$240.00 Canadian for 6 sessions (up to you how long you want the course to run)
Price includes 6 activities with communication/feedback (see outline below)

May 23rd: You're the best Mr. Francis. 
I learned a lot from your course. I can't
wait to finish my children's book.
~ Ryland   Age 12

June 4th: I like how we can talk to you at
anytime on Google Classroom. You're feedback
really helped me.
~ Sasha  Age 16

July 7th: When I first signed up for this course 
I was worried it was going to be boring and that
I wasn't going to learn anything, but you really
taught me all the important steps to writing a 
good story. My story is really coming along now.
I really like how we can talk on Google Classrooms too. Are you going to do a PART 2 to your course?
~ Tristen O.  Age 13

July 7th: I loved this course. So easy. I really love how we can work at our own pace. 
Mr. Francis is awesome and funny too.
~ Kaya B. Age 11