One of my major failings as a writer is the direct result of working for the Fed too long. I think like a bureaucrat. Yes, it's true. A nightcrawling fan girl bureaucrat, but a bureaucrat just the same. Which means my descriptions for entries in to program books can be a bit pedantic. Ordinarily, I just deal, but this time I'm a little stumped. So I was hoping the brighter sparks on this list could help.
Every year, Allen Wold leads a hand-picked group of RavenCon's writing guests in a first rate writing seminar composed of four parts:
- Character Building: what makes them real, distinctions between heroes and villains, depth and development versus action.
- The Hook: the all-important first paragraph of the story.
- Plotting: the basics and what to do when you get stuck.
- Editing: either a hands-on review of a pre-selected work or a critique of something the participants bring in.
They've been calling it "Fundamentals of Writing", but Programming Director Tera Fulbright thinks that's a little blah. New guests and participants change the seminar mix every year. Why shouldn't the description change too?
Since RavenCon is E.A. Poe, mystery and horror friendly, I was thinking of going with a break-out on the order of:
- Unusual Suspects
- The Hook
- The Twist
- The Final Cut
Thoughts? Suggestions? Any ideas to jazz up "Fundamentals of Writing" would be welcome too. Thanks!