Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
15th Annual    September 22-24, 2017    Master Class to Masterpiece
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“Extremely valuable for developing craft and bringing a manuscript closer to publication.
I learned how to fix my story, which I’d thought was ‘perfect.’ Unique opportunity
to connect with outstanding faculty and peers.” — Elizabeth Fais, alum

BEYOND CHAPTERS ONE THROUGH THREE:

“What Happens Next?”

Writers often lament that only chapters one through three are critiqued at workshops and conferences. The protocol makes sense. These pivotal chapters set the stage for developing an entire novel; they ask a dramatic question that must be answered by the story’s end. Also, chapters one through three (or much less!) usually “make or break” a submission to agents and editors.

But while a novel’s opening is critical, writers also need feedback on the growth of seeds planted in those chapters. Our faculty will provide you with the best of two worlds: critiques on standard early “submission” chapters, and (if you wish) feedback on material that follows—as well as on your synopsis or detailed plot outline.

“Beyond Chapters One to Three” will unfold in our masterclass format. Here, we invite you to explore your story’s less-travelled roads—plot junctures and twists, problematic POVs, droopy dialogues, “flat” characters, dead-end scenes, or whatever else may plague you. Of course, we’ll gladly point out your strengths as well!

A thumbs-up critique by an agent or editor can open doors. If you haven’t yet landed a contract for your manuscript, our workshop will provide tools to help you reach that goal. Or maybe, like some of our alumni, you’ll be invited by an agent or editor at our workshop to “Send the whole manuscript—soon.” Don’t let your joy turn to panic as you think, “Uh-oh. I’m stuck on Chapter 13!”

At PCCWW, you may reap the benefits of professional feedback without the costly services of a book doctor. (Or, use our seminar to better prepare for one.) Our experienced faculty will assist you. You’ll also discover how other skilled writers handle their fiction-crafting challenges—grist for your own novel.

Come gather ideas to help you conquer the storyteller’s perennial challenge: “What happens next?”

“The epiphany must come with an emotional, physical, or spiritual cost.
The goal of epiphany is to force your character to change.” — Jordan E. Rosenfeld,
Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time

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