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Storytelling Intensive

Written By: Jessica Morrell - Aug• 19•11

Story writing Intensive September 21-24

with Jessica Morrell

Manzanita, Oregon
Story Writing Intensive is open to writers serious about getting published. Our days and nights will be packed with lectures, one-on-one meetings, feedback sessions, and time to work on manuscripts (and walk on the beach).   Enrollment for this Intensive is limited to no more than 12 participants and is by application only. Those who wish to attend must register with a (refundable) $100 deposit and submit the first 4 pages (1000-1200 words) of a manuscript (short story, novel, memoir) and you’ll provide writing samples to all attendees. Cost is $265. Tuition includes one catered lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided and we will gather for a potluck dinner on Wednesday, September 21. The deadline for submitting writing samples is September 10.  Manzanita is a charming village on the Oregon coast 15 miles south of Cannon Beach. We begin Wednesday night, September 21 at 6:30 for a dinner, introductions and opening remarks. Concludes Saturday, September 24 at 9 p.m. Generous handouts will be provided.

Expect a focus on:

  • The velocity of your opening page
  • Achieving momentum in your first chapter
  • Character arc
  • Your protagonist’s defining moment
  • Creating tension and suspense
  • Creating  unforgettable characters
  • Making readers care
  • Writing dialogue that sizzles
  • Pacing, pacing, pacing
  • Plot versus story
  • Levels of refinement

Contact: Jessica Morrell at jessicapage(at)spiritone(dot)com  for more information and a list of lodging. Checks may be mailed to: Jessica Morrell P.O. Box 820141, Portland, OR 97282-1141 or payment made by Paypal

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