Where: National University, 2850 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy Suite 300, Henderson, NV 89052. Phone: (702) 531-7800
When: July 14th, 21st, 28th & August 4th from 9:30-11:30.
Cost: $150 ($115 for HWG members) Attendance capped at 30 due to classroom spacing.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Tonya Todd
Creative Writing Boot Camp is an intensive course designed to develop the students’ creative writing skills. Adapted from the curriculum taught in universities across the country, it employs a studio-style setting found in many MFA programs. Part lecture, part workshop, this fast-paced course will focus on honing the craft behind the elements a writer should master in order to build and edit a compelling narrative from inside out. Class highlights include: story development, characterization, dialogue, tension, pacing, voice, conflict, and world building. These elements, and more, are what agents and editors study before taking on new clients, and they always appreciate an expertly polished manuscript. We will also explore how to create a powerful beginning, what keeps the narrative flowing, and how to arrive at an impressive conclusion. Various stages and aspects of writing will be introduced in detail, and hands-on exercises implemented to practice the skills discussed.
Oksana Marafioti is an award-winning writer whose works have appeared in Rumpus, Slate, and Time. She is a classically trained pianist, and holds BS in Cinematography and an MFA in Creative Writing. She writes speculative fiction under the pen name Ana Mara. Her latest novel, a paranormal fantasy titled Donatti’s Lunatics, was released in April 2018.
*pen/paper or computers are encouraged for note-taking and writing exercises.