CREATIVE WRITING COURSES
A Novel Approach: From Idea to Publication
6 weeks: Thursdays, June 16 - July 21, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$125 (Current MDC faculty and credit students: $100)
Course will take place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Author Kristi Cook will guide writers as they explore the development of a novel from the seed of an idea through the writing and publication process. Topics covered include setting, plotting, characterization, conflict, dialogue, pacing, and revising, as well as writing an effective query letter, seeking representation, and topics related to current publishing options. Students will workshop ideas and come up with a synopsis. Together, participants will work on the building blocks of a draft (i.e., exercises relating to craft--dialogue, point-of-view, characterization, etc). By the end of the term, participants will have a fully formed idea, a clean synopsis and, in many cases, the first three chapters (a proposal) and the tools necessary to complete a first draft they can work on in subsequent workshops. They will also know what to do with it (i.e. query literary agents and/or pursue publication options) when they do finish the book.
Nationally bestselling author Kristi Cook (also writing as Kristina Cook and Kristi Astor) has written nearly a dozen novels for teens and adults, ranging from historical and NASCAR romance to paranormal young adult fiction. She has led writing workshops both locally and nationally at schools, libraries, and at the annual Romance Writers of America National Conference and RT Booklovers Convention. Visit her online at www.kristi-cook.com or www.kristiastor.com.
Date and Time
June 16 - July 21, 2011
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$125, pre-registration required
(Current MDC faculty staff and students: $100)
This is a Community Education (non-credit) course.