Have you been thinking about writing a book?
Wondering where to start?
Or, have you started, but feel unclear about how to organize your writing?
Now’s the time to get feedback and ideas for moving ahead!
In this workshop, we’ll be using specially designed techniques that help enliven and enrich books of different genres – whether fiction or non-fiction — and tools to sharpen your writing and organization skills. We’ll get you started, and you’ll find you won’t want to stop. Or we’ll help you move to the next level of your work in progress.
If you have started a project you’d like to bring to life, please bring a brief sample (one-three pages), for review. If you haven’t begun, that’s perfectly fine. We’ll be doing a bit of short writing from Ina’s Weird Prompts™ to loosen up those writing muscles and get you going. We’ll give feedback to as many as time permits. Some of the topics we’ll discuss:
- Themes and Structure: considering a variety of ways to hook your stories, characters, or how-to tips together to draw readers in
- Dialog: adding life and spice to your writing
- Character: ways to give dimension to the people portrayed
- Ongoing motivation tips to keep you at it during the summer, and later!
About our presenter, Ina Hillenbrandt:
INA HILLEBRANDT is a writer, speaker, writing coach and editor/publisher with 20+ years of experience in memoir, fiction, mystery, comedy and self-help. Her own books include How to Write Your Memoirs…Fun Prompts To Make Reading…And Writing…Your Life Stories A Pleasure!, Pawprints, The Student Prints Pawprints curriculum companion, and You Are Who You Eat: The Revolutionary New Cannibal Diet. Writers she’s coached include new and published authors, most recently the talented new memoirist Chester L. Richards, who penned From the Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist. She’s also worked with corporate clients, and educators via private coaching, UCLA and other universities, the Jane Goodall Institute, and K-12 schools in New York and Los Angeles. Her work includes taking the written word onstage, and she is involved in developing film and TV projects. She can be reached at: InaTheMemoirCoach.com, YouAreWhoYouEat.net, and InasPawprints.com.