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The Big Picture

All day Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm Taught by Janis Cooke Newman

  • Starts Oct 29
  • 160 US dollars
  • Page Street Co-Working Space

Available spots


Class Description

Sooner or later, we all get there. Asking ourselves, What the heck is this book is about anyway? Some of ask it before we begin. Others of us wait until we’re 75 pages in and have no idea what happens next. Still others of us don’t get around to asking it until we’re most of the way through a first draft and can’t figure out an ending. This class is about taking a step back and looking at the big picture. About figuring out exactly what story you’re trying to tell—whether it’s fiction or memoir—and then finding the best way to tell it. Using a combination of craft talks and in-class exercises, we’ll explore… - The 2 most important questions to ask yourself, and how to find the answers - How to create plot, and keep track of it - How to structure your story so what happens next is both surprising and inevitable - How to use secondary characters and setting to help push the story along Because of the small class size, everyone will have an opportunity to talk through their project with the goal of uncovering exactly what story they’re trying to tell. This is a great class if you're thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo! Instructor bio: Janis Cooke Newman is the author of ‘Mary; Mrs. A. Lincoln,' which was an LA Times Book Prize Finalist, as well as USA Today's Historical Novel of the Year. She is also the author of 'A Master Plan for Rescue,' which was named a SF Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Her memoir, 'The Russian Word for Snow,' has been translated into several languages. Janis is is the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference, the Page Street co-working space, and Creative Caffeine Daily, an online community for writers.


Upcoming Sessions


Cancellation Policy

Because class size is limited, refunds are not given unless we can fill your spot.


Contact Details

  • info@litcampwriters.org