I have to clear everything with the coordinator, but this is my current 6-week lesson plan of action! :)
Week 1: Decisions to Make Before You Actually Start to Type
- Writing Isn't Easy, it's WORK
- Creating Dedicated Time and Space to Write
- Nailing down the Concept
- Choose the Right Genre
- Choosing a Workable Yet Sellable Length
- WTF is POV?
- Tense and Tension
- Your Unique Voice
- Daily Word Counts
- Manuscript Format
Week 2, Part 1: How Much Structure Do You Need?
- Building the Framework of Structure
- Winging it vs Pre-Planning
- Types of Outlines and Methods
- The Hero's Journey
- When it's Okay to Go Off Path
- Where to Put Key Events, Inciting Incident, Etc.
- Characters, Part One: Protagonist and Antagonist
Week 2, Part 2: The Opening
- Where Does the Story Start?
- The Opening Sentence, Paragraph, and Page
- Characters, Part Two: The Supporting Cast
- Frontloading Narrative
- Keeping it TIGHT
Week 3: Getting Past the Hump
- The Muddle in the Middle
- Writing And Story Fatigue
- Life Distractions
- Getting Lost While Staying On Track
- How Your Structure Can Help
- Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard
Week 4: Finish That First Draft!
- Keep Pushing, Even if it Sucks
- Ratchet that Tension!
- What Does A Climax Need?
- Denouement, or Letting Go
- Checking Your Story Threads
- What if You Missed Something?
- Set it Aside. Yes, I Mean It.
Week 5: Revision
- The Read Through
- Taking Notes and Making Them Work For You
- Writing Groups and Taking Critique
- Spelling and Grammar Check
- It's Not a Baby, It's A Book
- All Things Serve The Story
- Kill Those Darlings
- Tighten, Tighten, Tighten
Week 6: The Art of Getting Published
- What do YOU Want?
- Traditional, Indi, and Vanity Publication
- Formatting Your Manuscript
- Querying Agents
- How New York Works
- Getting Paid
- Start The Next Book!
That's what I'm thinking. There's a LOT to cram into a 6 week class.