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West Texas Writer's Academy June 5-9, 2017


2018 Courses and Instructors

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Michael Frizell

Graphic Sequential Literature: Writing for Comic Books
with Michael Frizell

Level 1 class
With great power comes great writing! Comic book stories unfold through a series of panels, snapshots that capture the interesting or thrilling moments of a story for the reader. As a collaborative medium, a comic book writer must describe each panel for an artist to interpret for the page. During this session, you’ll learn how to develop your ideas for a visual medium and try your hand at creating your own comic book or strip. Writer/Artists, writers looking for artists, and artists looking for writers are encouraged to enroll.


Expanding Your Creativity: Writing Deeper
with Jolene Navarro

Jolene Navarro

Level 4 class
This non-lecture class is for WTWA alumni who are ready to tackle the next step toward a fulfilling commercial writing career. Whether indie or traditional, success demands that an author continues to produce. Have you begun your next book and need a little push?  Through instructor guided collaboration, the class will focus on these story elements:       

  • Deepening plot
  • Examining creativity
  • Brainstorming high concept
  • Exploring different writing locations and excises to spark creativity

 As a prerequisite, you must have completed one or more books. So please bring a current project to work on in class…and be ready to spread your writer-wings!


Writing Compelling Fiction: Making Your Scenes Credible and Incredible
with Margie Lawson

Level 3-4 class
This power-packed class is for the intermediate to advanced writer. You know the basics, or more than the basics, and you’re ready to make your writing stellar.Margie Lawson

  • Power Up Openings—Make the opening of every scene and every chapter compelling with my Twenty Point Checklist for Openings. You'll learn how to orient and hook the reader, make your story and style promises pop, have the right balance of fresh writing and plain do-the-job-well writing, and anchor the reader in the POV character's emotional set.
  • Dynamic Dialogue—Use my 25 Tips for Writing Dynamic Dialogue and learn how to make your dialogue sound natural, how to differentiate speech for characters, how to use dialogue to maintain smart pacing.
  • Empowering Emotions—Make every page carry the right amount of emotion with my Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion. Learn how to use themed words, emotional hits, subtext, body language, dialogue cues, and visceral responses. We'll dig deep and make your turning points powerful.  
  • Make-a-Difference Details—Get the most out of details in settings and descriptions, in thoughts and action, in expressions and dialogue tags. Make those details count.
  • Cadence-Driven Writing—Learn how to be strategic with style and structure. Power your pages with cadence-driven writing and you'll make your book a page-turner. 
  • Finessing Backstory—Learn ten ways to finesse backstory including mini-flashbacks, sculpting dialogue, rhetorical devices, and backstory slip-ins.

Class members will have an opportunity to meet with Margie one-on-one for feedback on their writing.


Unleash Your Story: From Ideas to Edits—Write, Rewrite, or Remodel Your Novel
with Lori Freeland

Lori FreelandLevel 1 class
Whether you’ve always wanted to write a book and weren’t sure how to begin or you’ve finished a manuscript that just isn’t working, this class is for you. From planning to polishing, learn how to:

  • structure a solid story
  • create 3D characters
  • build vivid visuals
  • set scenes with purpose
  • boost your words and sentences from ordinary to extraordinary.