Victoria’s Writing Classes
This page discusses three ways to improve your writing:
· Victoria’s Writing Classes
· Crafting Fabulous Fiction
· Editing and Critiquing Services
Victoria’s Writing Classes (Now at Coffeehouse for Writers)
Taking a writing class is a GREAT way to improve your writing. You can learn from trial and error, or you can speed up the process by taking a class and going through material in a structured manner. The classes that Victoria has created are designed to give authors deep insights into how to write. You can now find them – one on “Creating Character” and the other on “Words, Phrases, Sentences and More” – at the Coffeehouse for Writers website.
Creating Character: Do you want to know how to write “character-driven” stories? Do you want to learn how to create characters your readers will care about? Heroes that your readers will love, and villains that they will hate? Then this course may be the one you need. This course often helps students find and grow their stories as they get to know their characters and their problems. You will be invited to submit a sample for critique during the class (not more than 2000 words).
Words, Phrases, Sentences and More: This course takes you through the different levels of structure in fiction, from the words, sentences and paragraphs, to the scenes and chapters and the overall structure of the book. If you have ideas, but you’re having trouble getting everything in order, then this is the class for you. You will be invited to submit a sample for critique (not more than 2000 words).
Besides the many novels and short stories that she has written, she has experience in teaching and for years wrote the “Crafting Fabulous Fiction” column at www.writing-world.com.
Crafting Fabulous Fiction (the book)
If you prefer to read about writing instead of working through a course, let me suggest that you buy this book:
Here is the table of contents from Crafting Fabulous Fiction:
SECTION ONE: Structure In Fiction
1: Your Treasury of Words
2: In Praise of the Phrase
3: Sensible, Sensitive Sentences
4: Perfecting Your Paragraphs
5: Making Your Scenes
6: A Chapter on Chapters
7: The Bones of Your Book
8: Series—The Writer’s Marathon
9: The World of Other Literature
10: The Order of Things
11: Stories within Stories
12: A Story, B Story: Why Use Subplots
13: A Story, B Story: Multiple Plot Challenges
SECTION TWO: Introduction To Characters
14: Character Arcs
15: Characters’ Wants: Defining Personality
16: Characters’ Wants: Goals Move the Plot
17: Point of View: Definition
18: Point of View: Impact on Storytelling
19: Portraying Characters’ Thoughts
20: Do You Hear Voices?
21: We All Need Someone to Love: Creating Characters Readers Will Care About
22: What’s in a Name?
23: Character Range: Sex, Age and Other
24: Character Tags and Tics
25: Mentors in Your Masterpiece
26: A Study in Sidekicks
27: Valuable Villains
SECTION THREE: Nuts, Bolts and Some Paint
28: Titles for Your Texts
29: Why Doesn’t the Dog Bark?
30: Hanging on Cliffs
31: Everybody Lies
32: What Should They Talk About?
33: Attribution in Dialogue
36: Developing Deftness in Description
37: Tell, Don’t Show
38: Facts in Fiction
39: How to Get - and Take - Criticism
40: Nine Anti-Muses
About the Author
Some of these chapters are developed from articles that you can find published at various websites. However, all the articles have been revised, updated, and many have been expanded to form the chapters. Most of the chapters include exercises. It has taken nearly a decade to write.
If you prefer personalized feedback, let me suggest the courses. Again, you can check them out at the Coffeehouse for Writers website.
Perhaps you don’t want to take a class, but you have a story that you want me to look at. You can write to me and describe it and we can discuss rates.
If you are interested in any editing/critique, please contact me at
VICTORIA (AT) TAPESTRYOFBRONZE.COM
with the following information:
A description of your editing/critiquing project – what you have written, how much you have written, and what particular assistance you would like
When terms are agreed upon, she will then send you an invoice. Once that is paid, the critiquing will begin. If you are taking a class, you can work slowly or quickly as you like.
Victoria spends most of her time at her computer, so she’ll probably get back to you quickly. However, sometimes she travels, sleeps or she may be in a different time zone. Please wait a while before panicking or throwing in the towel!
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