“The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer’s original voice or artistic self-esteem.”
― Pat Schneider (the 4th precept of the AWA Method)
- I will read your posted material every two weeks and provide comments that support your strengths as a writer and encourage your skills as a storyteller .
I will read and make comments on your posts by each biweekly class as long as you post them with enough time for them to be read before the next class. A good rule of thumb is to post your own writing by the Wednesday between the classes, and then read and make comments on the new work of your fellow writers during the second week.
- I will ensure that the primary focus of each class will be to spend the majority of the time writing to prompts that I will provide, then sharing at least one of these new scenes together. NOTE: in the AWA METHOD, participants are never forced to share what they have written in the class. Reading your new scenes in the group is always optional.
- I will post a CRAFT LESSON on the secure website for authors to review a week before each class.
- I will provide a brief summary of each CRAFT LESSON at the beginning of each class and answer any questions.
- I will give you exercises from time to time that will further help you to develop your craft as a writer, spark your imagination and keep your fingers on the keyboard.
- I will build a members-only website where you can post your work-in-progress and have the opportunity to interact with your fellow authors between workshop dates.
- I will offer you support and inspiration in the long middle stages of your book when the beginning is well behind you and the end seems far away.
- I will prepare a detailed, written review of your manuscript at the 21,000 word mark (after the 7th class) geared towards helping you flesh out your characters, develop your story line and provide detailed feedback.
- I will meet with each participant, after reviewing the 21,000 word manuscript, to discuss structure, character development, plot, stylistic notes and whatever other elements will contribute to moving the story forward.
- I will celebrate the completion of your first draft with you and your colleagues at the end of June.
- Sometimes authors do not quite finish the first draft. If you have a few chapters left to write and would like to keep working together, I will offer a SUMMER EXTENSION if enough participants join in.
- Alternatively, if your manuscript ends up being longer than you anticipated, I will be happy to continue working with you in an Online Mentorship capacity, until your first draft is completed.