Writers 750 Program

HOUSES 112 WORKSHOP

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Writers 750 Program for AUGUST 2016

As a fiction writer, you are invited to participate in a *free* workshop this month called HOUSES 112. Challenge yourself to use your fiction skills. Add to your portfolio each month in the Writers 750 Program.

Steps:

1.) Explore the concept of writing about a “familiar house” in your fiction story. Writing a story with a familiar house from an author’s childhood is a past all time favorite approach that many authors use. The task of reflecting on a familiar house is a common way for fiction writers to explore and describe settings. You can do this any number of different ways. Select a house from your past – your own past or someone else’s, a house from a favorite book, movie, cartoon, dream, or television show. You might want to focus on describing the atmosphere built around a simple plot. One time, I read an author’s short story; it had a lot of detail about the setting, but there was no plot! Don’t get so lost in the detail that you forget to develop a plot. Remember, your story must include a plot.

Types of Houses: (anything from a normal house to a house in another world)

Bed & breakfast, hotel, motel, etc.Houses for sale, abandoned, or renovated.

House of cards: a metaphor pertaining to something of a fragile or volatile nature

House of dimes: a house where ten fabulous people live together, preferable in such a manner that they attract a large fan base in town and frequently throw parties. (http://www.urbandictionary.com)

Miscellaneous houses: “In the house” (auditorium, theater, etc.)

Topics on houses in the Bible: Building Houses, Destruction of Houses, Entering Houses, Filling Houses, Houses Under Attack, Living in Houses, Metaphorical Houses, Royal Houses

Explore other interesting houses such as Herod’s temple, the Taj Mahal, the White House, famous houses, haunted houses, house for the homeless, nursing home, etc.

2.) Write an original short story of 750-1,000 words, based on the concept of using “a house” from your research. Deadline to finish writing your story is the 25th of the month.

3.) Optional challenge: Include something hidden and found in an attic, storage room, or a basement.

4.) You have the option to email your story to giantales@gmail.com by the 25th of the month. Include your story pasted in the email, your name, and title. Selected stories will receive up to three beta readers by email during the last five days of the month.

All fiction writers work independently.

 

SUSPENSE 111 WORKSHOP

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Writers 750 Program for July 2016

As a fiction writer, you are invited to participate in a *free* workshop this month called SUSPENSE 111. Challenge yourself to use your fiction skills. Add to your portfolio each month in the Writers 750 Program.

Steps:

1.) Research the concept of writing “suspense” in your fiction story. You can do this any number of different ways. Watch the news, write what you know, or make up something suspenseful entirely from scratch.

Suspense: a state of feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen. Synonyms: Tension, anticipation, expectation, anxiety, apprehension, strain, excitement, eager, jumpy, antsy, uptight, jittery, on edge (from https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=suspense)

Suspension of Disbelief: the point at which you must give up all skepticism and just accept what goes against all that you think and know (from http://www.urbandictionary.com)

Biblical cure for anxiety: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7

Learn from other successful suspense novels such as Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane and Watchers by Dean Koontz. Study the development of suspense formulas from free articles such as 9 Tricks to Writing Suspense Fiction by Writer’s Digest, July 2008. Find an old suspenseful story and figure out how to improve it.

2.) Write an original short story of 750-1,000 words, based on the concept of using “suspense” from your research. Deadline to finish writing your story is the 25th of the month.

3.) Optional challenge: Include something behind a closed door and a message. The message can be anything from a note in a bottle, an inscription, or a note left behind.

4.) You have the option to email your story to giantales@gmail.com by the 25th of the month. Include your story pasted in the email, your name, and title. Selected stories will receive up to three beta readers by email during the last five days of the month.

All fiction writers work independently.

 

2016 Summer Trimester

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Writers 750 Program: four *FREE* classes from May-August 2016:
Heirlooms 109
Wizard of Oz 110
Suspense 111
Houses 112
To Get Started:
1. Go to the home page at writers750.com
2. Hover over Writers 750 Program and click on Year 1
3. Begin
From May-August 2016, you can explore four concepts: Heirlooms, Wizard of Oz, Suspense, and Houses.
Two recommended resources:
Giant Tales Beyond the Mystic Doors by H.M. Schuldt
Giant Tales From the Misty Swamp by H.M. Schuldt