The Essentials of Plotting and Characterization

 Just a reminder, this is the last class I’m teaching for this year. If you’ve been wanting to take my workshop now’s the time! Remember, National Novel Writing Month is in November along with Thanksgiving, then Christmas and the New Year.

 I’d love to see you and help you reach your writing goals!

Hugs to all!

Tambra Nicole Kendall

The Essential Guide to Plotting and Characterization

Online Workshop for the Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America Chapter

When: 10/2/2017- 10/27/2017

Where to register: https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/the-essential-guide-to-plotting-and-characterization/

Syllabus:

In this course, we will discuss how to plot a story, what keeps it moving, and how storytellers drag readers into a fictional world and keep them there. We will learn story structure, pacing, world building, how to connect the beginning, middle and end, and much more.

Lesson One: Brainstorming

Lesson Two: Backstory, Plot Sketches, Show, Don’t Tell and Effective Description

Lesson Three: Character is Action, Plot is Action

Lesson Four: GMC – Goal, Motivation and Conflict Goal, Urgency, Motivation

Lesson Five: Writing Strong Characters and Viewpoint, Deep Point of View, Stimulus and Response

Lesson Six: Sagging Middles

Lesson Seven: Scene and Sequel Structure

Lesson Eight: Plotting Methods

Lesson Nine: Creating Dimensional Characters

Lesson Ten: Adding Tension and Danger

Lesson Eleven: Writing Sexual Tension

Lesson Twelve: Basic Worldbuilding

Presenter, Tambra Nicole Kendall:

I knew when I was 12 years old I wanted to write romance. All those summers spent at the public library reading Nancy Drew, historical romance, and category romance infused my love of the romance genre.

Authors who have influenced my writing are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Angela Knight, Deidre Knight, Christina Dodd, Arnette Lamb, Kerrelyn Sparks, Kimberly Raye, Stephen Lawhead and Jim Butcher. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the following chapters: Northwest Houston, Kiss of Death Romantic Suspense chapter, Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal and Celtic Hearts Romance Chapter.

My publishing credits include nonfiction: magazine, newspaper and trade publications.

I illustrated, wrote and self-published a specialty children’s book on ADHD. A few years later, I took the Institute for Children’s Literature course continuing my interest in writing for children while learning the craft of romance writing.

Teaching is my way to give back to others and I teach when time allows. In the past, I’ve given workshops to various RWA chapters and Savvy Authors and on occasion at my local college.

 

 

 

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Another Workshop Scheduled for July 2017

If you can’t join me for my March workshop, I’ll be teaching it again in July for the Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal RWA chapter.

The Essential Guide to Plotting and Characterization

In this course, we will discuss how to plot a story, what keeps it moving, and how storytellers drag readers into a fictional world and keep them there. We will learn story structure, pacing, world building, how to connect the beginning, middle and end, and much more.
Lesson One: Brainstorming
Lesson Two: Backstory, Plot Sketches, Show, Don’t Tell and Effective Description
Lesson Three: Character is Action, Plot is Action
Lesson Four: GMC – Goal, Motivation and Conflict Goal, Urgency, Motivation
Lesson Five: Writing Strong Characters and Viewpoint, Deep Point of View, Stimulus, and Response
Lesson Six: Sagging Middles
Lesson Seven: Scene and Sequel Structure
Lesson Eight: Plotting Methods
Lesson Nine: Creating Dimensional Characters
Lesson Ten: Adding Tension and Danger
Lesson Eleven: Writing Sexual Tension
Lesson Twelve: Basic Worldbuilding
 

About the Presenter, Tambra Nicole Kendall:

Tambra knew from the time she was 12 years old she wanted to write romance. All those summers spent at the public library reading Nancy Drew, historical romance and category romance infused her love of the romance genre. Authors who have influenced her writing are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Angela Knight, Deidre Knight, Christina Dodd, Arnette Lamb, Kerrelyn Sparks, Kimberly Raye and Jim Butcher.
 
In 1994, she joined Romance Writers of America (RWA). Through years of study and hard work, she became a multi-published author writing for e-publishers and small press.
 
Tambra also writes nonfiction.  Her work has been published in magazine, newspaper and trade publications.
In 1990 she illustrated, wrote and self-published a specialty children’s book on ADHD focusing on behavior modification.  A few years later, she took the Institute for Children’s Literature course keeping learning more about writing for children while soaking up all of the information on the craft of romance writing.
Teaching is Tambra’s way to give back to other writers. She’s given workshops to various RWA chapters and for Savvy Authors and occasionally at her local college.
 
You can connect with Tambra at these social media places:
 

Cost: FFP Members:$20.00/Non-Members: $30.00

Tambra Nicole Kendall: New Workshop at Savvy Authors in January 2015

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I’ll be teaching a month-long workshop, Weaving Together Characterization and Plot at Savvy Authors. It’s from January  15,2015 to February 8, 2015. Characterization and Plot aren’t separate and somewhere in the middle they muddle together to form a story. If your characters are weak, unmotivated and flat, the reader/agent/editor isn’t going to care.

A predictable plot likewise will make the reader/agent/editor feel like they’ve wasted their time. Learning how characterization and plotting affect each other plus other methods such as GMC, the difference between plot and story, and how to avoid a sagging middle are areas addressed in the workshop.

Understanding and learning these areas of writing can help when you’re editing. How? By having the knowledge to identify specific character issues and plot problems you’ll know what to do and how to fix them while saving time in the whole writing process. Let me point out, if you’re at the beginning stage of your writing journey this is something for you to work toward.

I have taught genre fiction creative writing online and on site at my local college since 1994. In the past, I was a content editor for a few e-publishers and small press. Teaching is something I enjoy and my goal is to share some of what I know to help other writers.

I do hope you’ll join me for this workshop at Savvy Authors. If you know anyone who would be interested please pass this information along.

Savvy Authors is a wonderful writer’s resource. I taught for them a few years ago and I’ve taken some amazing workshops there too. They offer a wide range of topics, price ranges and time lengths. Here’s the link: www.savvyauthors.com

If you click on the calendar in the upper right when you reach the workshops, click on January and scroll down until you reach January 12. My workshop is the second one I believe. There is a place that says register.

Start off 2015 by taking a workshop that will help you reach your writing goal. Characterization and plotting are essential elements of fiction writing.

All the best! Tambra Nicole Kendall