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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.  Her articles about writing can also be found at www.refiction.com and she has also been published by www.writersweekly.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:

 

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If you click on the picture above you will go to Amazon’s Kindle version of it.  However, this is a book that might be better for some in hard copy. 

 

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

34: Conflict

35: Confrontation

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

Author’s Note

References

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.

 

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EDITING/CRITIQUE

 

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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ABOUT OUR BOOKS

 

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The Tapestry of Bronze is a series of novels set in Bronze Age Greece. 

 

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You may be interested in visiting other parts of our website:

 

More about our books

      Jocasta

      Children of Tantalus

      The Road to Thebes

      Arrows of Artemis

      Antigone and Creon

      Clytemnestra

 

     

Bιβλία στα ελληνκα - Our Books (in Greek)

 

Odes to Olympians Contest Current:

 

Winners of Past Contests: Zeus  Hera  Poseidon  Demeter  Hermes  Athena Apollo Artemis Ares Aphrodite Hephaestus

 

Pronunciation Guide

 

Maps (Thebes, Pisa/Olympia, Eastern Mediterranean)

 

The Stories Behind the Stories

 

Acknowledgements, Thanks, Bibliography and Links

 

About the Authors

 

The Highbury Murders: A Mystery Set in the Village of Jane Austen's Emma

 

The Meryton Murders

 

The Tapestry of Bronze is a series of interlocking novels set in ancient Greece, starting several generations before the Trojan War. Archaeological evidence indicates that this “Golden Age of Heroes” aligns with Bronze Age dates.  Our series forms a tapestry, because the books tie together, though each novel focuses on one strand of story.  Jocasta, Children of Tantalus, The Road to Thebes, Arrows of Artemis and Antigone & Creon are available for purchase today. And more are in the works!

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