Your inner editor can be a real hindrance to writing the first draft or daunt your spirits when it’s time to revise. Learn how to put your inner editor on mute for a while, and even how to work with that jerk constructively during revisions.
Quieting the Inner Critic, Loft Literary Center, July 28th, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM
What is keeping you from the wild uninhibited prose that is the first step in your journey to good writing? For most of us the problem is perfectionism. Anne Lamott says, “Perfectionism… is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.” Who is your inner critic, and why does he demand perfection? Do you subconsciously believe that he saves you from being vulnerable or making a fool of yourself? What are you really afraid of? In this class we’ll answer these questions and find ways to exorcise these voices from our heads. We’ll also discuss how we can revise later in the writing process without allowing our critique of our own work to become harmful. I’ll pass out a checklist you can use in the future to help you evaluate and revise your writing after you get your first draft onto the page.
Writing Great Dialogue, Loft Literary Center, August 4th, 2018 9AM – 1 PM
Great dialogue is riveting. It holds a reader tight and won’t let go. It can characterize, advance the plot, set the scene, and foreshadow what’s to come. And it should almost always do at least two of these things at once. We’ll study different types and uses of dialogue, and the best ways to create characters with their own voices. Then we’ll do a series of writing exercises to generate the sort of dialogue that keeps readers turning the pages.