A 10-week presentation of the Writers Retreat Workshop...
Who: For aspiring novelists, memoirists, or writers looking to hone their craft.
What: A 10-week workshop on writing a novel or narrative non-fiction book,
from idea through to marketing and finding an agent.
Limited to 10 students.
When: Saturday mornings from 9:15-11:45 am, February 3-April 14, 2018*
Where: Panera, McCandless Crossing, 8800 Covenant Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
Why: Whether you are a proficient writer or a rookie at your first workshop,
you will find the tools that will assist you to make your work better.
How: Sign up here with credit card or PayPal, or send a check.
Cost: $350 in advance or $45 per class--must register in advance
*March 31st/Easter Saturday will be one-on-one meetings or used as a snow day if an earlier session is cancelled due to weather. In that case, one-on-one meetings will be scheduled individually.
Carol Dougherty (Doc) will be the instructor for the classes. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Doc is delighted to be able to provide an opportunity for local writers to experience Writers Retreat Workshop on a weekly basis with this 10-week course.
What to expect
You'll attend class each week and be taught WRW's in-depth, step-by-step course for crafting your novel for publication. In the curriculum he developed, the late Gary Provost, co-founder, author, and internationally acclaimed teacher of writing for publication, broke down novel structure scene-by-scene, dissected characters, taught how to choose words with impact, and pinpointed many other fine details novelists must learn as second nature.
We will review all of these stylistic tools throughout the course until you leave feeling equipped, inspired, and revitalized about your novel. We don't teach the art-- we teach the craft and instruct you on how to nurture the artist. Class instruction uses examples from classic to bestsellers of that day, with occasional video examples.
Since Gary’s death in 1995, the curriculum has evolved to reflect changes in the industry, with the main focus remaining, as always, on you and your work.
Week-by-week Class Breakdown
Week 1 - 2/3/18 Idea/Hook/Genre/Theme
Week 2 - 2/10/18 Plotting/Plotting Checklist/Subplots
Week 3 -2/17/18 Scenes/Goals/Structure/Systems
Week 4 - 2/23/18 Conflict/Viewpoint/Characterization
Week 5 - 3/3/18 Tension/Subtext/Pace/Theme II
Week 6 - 3/10/18 Dialogue/Character/Voice
Week 7 - 3/17/18 Active Description/Words/Goals II
Week 8 - 3/24/18 Editing your own work/Diagnostic
3/31/18 One-on-one meetings or snow day
Week 9 - 4/7/18 Troubleshooting/Plotting II
Week 10 - 4/24/18 14 Steps/Marketing