Workshops

NEW FALL WORKSHOPS!

MASTERING SUSPENSE

Gillian Flynn. John Grisham. John Sandford. Lee Child. Mystery and thriller writers top the New York Times Bestseller list. But keeping a reader on the edge of their seat is a skill that writers in all genres need to master. What are the ingredients of the perfect crime/mystery? What are the keys to scarily effective thrillers? What’s the difference between the two? And what can ALL writers learn from the masters of suspense?

Learn how to drop clues and build tension in this one day intensive workshop with former Simon & Schuster editor, Dedi Felman. Chills and thrills start at the level of the sentence (POV, tense, and more) and finish with a tightly-constructed plot. But to truly hook readers, you must have powerful character dilemmas, high emotion, and high stakes.

Through lectures, study of iconic works, and exercises you’ll learn how to cement motivation, thwart desire, create dilemmas in lieu of red herrings, pick up the pace, deliver on setting, forge strong conflict, and to craft the “twist,” all in the service of keeping the tension rising.

Class limited to 12 writers.

When: Sunday, December 14th.

Where: Esquire Suites, 12400 Wilshire Boulevard, Brentwood

Cost: $60 for the full day workshop, which includes a morning session (10 AM – 12 NOON), a break for lunch, and an afternoon session (1 PM – 3 PM.)

Contact/Paypal to: Dedi.Felman@gmail.com.

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THE ART OF DIALOGUE

Wish your characters sounded as witty as Helen Fielding, as deadpan as Elmore Leonard’s, as evocative as Cormac McCarthy’s, and as subtextual as David Mamet’s? Stumped on how to get back story out without arbitrary time jumps? Do your characters sound too real and thus as dull as a convent? Are information dumps bludgeoning your reader to death?

Fix your dialogue problems in this one day intensive workshop with former Simon & Schuster editor, Dedi Felman, and Scribendi editor Geneva Burleigh. Good dialogue doesn’t just advance plot; it’s also sharp, rhythmic, evocative, and fundamental to character development, mood, pacing, suspense–and entertainment. In this course, you’ll acquire dialogue techniques that will elevate your characters’ speech whether you write fiction or nonfiction.

Through lectures, study of iconic works, and exercises you’ll learn to write dialogue that rings true, stays focused, reveals character, creates tension, adds depth through subtext, and more.

Class limited to 12 writers.

When: Sunday, December 7th.

Where: Esquire Suites, 12400 Wilshire Boulevard, Brentwood

Cost: $60 for the full day workshop, which includes a morning session (10 AM – 12 NOON), a break for lunch, and an afternoon session (1 PM – 3 PM.)

Contact/Paypal: Dedi.Felman@gmail.com

About the Instructors:

Dedi Felman has worked in publishing for over a decade. She began her career at Oxford University Press, where she became an executive editor in charge of the social sciences. She subsequently worked as a senior editor at Simon and Schuster and at Henry Holt/Times Books. Her authors have been shortlisted for the Booker prize, won the Bancroft Prize, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, and the Helen Bernstein Book Award. Titles she’s developed have been New York Times bestsellers and a Washington Post book of the year.

Geneva Burleigh (MA, Linguistics, University of Edinburgh) has been writing and working with language since she skipped high school and started her literature BA at 14. Devoting her academic career to language, linguistics, and stylistic variation in literature, she moved seamlessly into editing and language tutoring with a view towards helping students embue their work with clarity and life.

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