YA for Beginners - Starter Kit - October 21, 2021 to November 11, 2021 - Zoom

o you want to tap into your inner teen and write a Young Adult book, but don't know where to start. Join us for a four-week course on building the framework of your first YA novel. The first two weeks of the course we'll discuss and refine your story idea and talk about the basics of YA tropes and archetypes. During the next two weeks, we'll work on developing a rich main character and crafting a fun, unique plot. This course is designed for writers looking for guidance on how to start a book for teens. Each class will be a mix of lectures, writing exercises, and class discussions. Some minor readings may be assigned.


Writing Compelling Main Characters - October 24, 2021 - 10:45- 12:12 - In-Person - Louisville, Colorado

Do you want your readers to care about your story? The key to hooking readers into your novel is to have a rich, round, fully developed main character. But how to get there? Join us for this generative based class in which we will spend our time developing a vocabulary for your character (dialogue/voice), writing a backstory that will enhance not only your character but will help create tension in your plot and move it forward. Open to fiction writers of all levels.

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Lighthouse Writing Workshop Classes for Writers of all Ages - 

Traci L. Jones

Giving your characers a Past - The Art of Backstory - TBA - Zoom

Every character you write should have a sense of personal history. A good backstory can provide your character with motives, flaws, and purpose. But how much is too much? How do you inject a character's backstory without disrupting the pacing of your story? This daily zoom will cover writing techniques to give your character a sense of history and how best to use flashbacks to give a character a backstory. This class will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and in-class writing.