Category : from the CAOs desk
We have several upcoming events for the unofficial National Novel Editing Month. At the end of November’s Nanowrimo, we asked “wrimos” (read: NaNoWriMo participants) what kind of programming they would need most for NaNoEdMo. We heard that, while many reached their word count goals in the 30 days, they did not have a complete manuscript. Thus our NaNoEdMo programming will be useful even if you don’t have a full story. Additionally, we have “Edit-Ins” which, of course, can be used for writing. There will be word wars!
“Crafting Your Second Draft: Tools of the Trade”
Saturday, January 16th, 1pm. Philadelphia Free Library, Walnut Street West branch.
Finishing your first draft is a daunting task, and one that certainly deserves celebration, but on the road to finishing a book it’s only the first of many steps. Moving forward means locating plot holes, eliminating extra characters, and rewriting favorite scenes. In this seminar, editor JR Wesley will talk about useful tools and how to get started on your second draft, plus offer hands-on guidance about applying what’s been learned.
“Crafting Your Fiction: Villains and Antagonists”
Saturday, January 30th, 1pm. Philadelphia Free Library, Walnut Street West branch.
In any story, the hero can only be as epic as his villain. Readers get to know the protagonist through the course of the narrative, but the antagonist is mostly seen as a counterpoint, a force that clashes with the main character’s goals. Getting readers to invest in that struggle means that the antagonist needs to be fully fleshed out so they can push the protagonist to their limits, offering more difficult obstacles and a more intense struggle. Editor JR Wesley will be offering insights and tips on how to make a villain the star of his own show to take your story to the next level, and how every author can use sympathy for the devil to hook the audience and keep them reading.
Edit-Ins (Those still in the writing-phase are welcome!)
Thursdays, January 21st and 17th, 7-8:30 pm, at Green Line Cafe on the corner of Locust and S. 45th streets.