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I'm thrilled to share my love for the written word and inspiration with fellow authors. As a creative writing teacher for twenty years and a writer for longer than that, I have a passion both for writing and facilitating the learning and inspiration process. 

Online classes to sharpen your skills:

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Upcoming Classes for Oct. 25, 2019-Jan. 2020! 

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  • In a Flash: Writing & Publishing Dynamic Flash Prose Workshop with Melanie Faith

     

    START DATE: Friday, October 25, 2019

     

    DURATION: 5 weeks        

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:                

    Flash is a dynamic, fun genre that more and more editors seek. Both flash fiction and flash nonfiction share many of the same qualities, from characterization and setting to conflict and dialog. In this five-week workshop, we’ll explore this eclectic art form and everything you’ll need to have a lively flash-writing practice, from where to get ideas and drafting to editing and submitting your work. We’ll discuss practical tips and techniques along with inspiring exercises from our text, In a Flash!, by Melanie Faith. Students will submit drafts weekly for constructive and supportive instructor feedback. There will be a private group for students to discuss the literary life and for sharing of literary resources, such as markets and quotations about the writing process. Topics covered will include:Begin Where You are; To ‘I’ or Not to ‘I?;’ Quotation Power!; “Flash,” You Say? Four Tips for Compressed Dialogue; Villains and Vamps: Crafting Realistic Antagonists; Writing Private People; The Big Cs; Snapback: Incorporating Details of Era and Setting; I See You: The Value of (Re)Connection; Spark, Spark, Light! The Inciting Incident & You; Mixed-Emotion Station; Descriptive Ruts; Attributes: Adventures in Style and Syntax; Idiomatic Time Travel and All that Jazz; The Advocate: Personality Types and Your Protagonist; The Whiplash Compliment; FOMO: Fear of Missing out & Your Characters; Tight-Roping: Balancing Self-Revelations with Self-Protection;Joy Bombs:How to Write Happy without Turning Your Reader against You; Playing Genre Ping-Pong; The Strategically-Shattered Plate; Dynamic Settings on the Skinny; The Too Timid and Tame; Plucking Posies from a Flash Bouquet: Submission Tips, and much more.

    2020 Class! OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL WITH EASE by Melanie Faith

    START DATE: Friday, January 17, 2020

    DURATION: 5 weeks

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: There are two kinds of novel writers: pantsers, who begin without pre-writing, and planners, who plot and brainstorm ahead of time. While pantsing can be fun, it frequently ends with a jumbled narrative. In this five-week workshop, we’ll explore numerous writing exercises that will lead to a well-thought-out novel before you jump into your first chapter. We will try different types of outlining methods and brainstorming via our two class texts, which are companion volumes: Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success and Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book, both by K.M. Weiland. Students will submit exercises weekly for constructive and supportive instructor feedback. There will be a private group for students to discuss the literary life and for sharing of literary resources, such as markets and quotations about the writing process. Topics covered will include: Misconceptions about Outlining; Choosing the Best Outlining Method for You; Different Types of Outlines; Unconventional Outlines; Crafting Your Premise; General Sketches; The Scene; List; How to Write Backstory; Discovering Your Setting; What Point of View Will You Write from?; Strengthen Your Story with Proper Framing, and much more.

Order my new books:

*** Love flash fiction and flash nonfiction?

My new craft book In a Flash is available now in print AND e-book formats. 

 

*** AVAILABLE NOW: Poetry Power, a craft book designed and written especially for poets of all writing-skill levels (published October 26, 2018)

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*** Coming in November 2019: Photography for Writers

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This Passing Fever, a collection of historical poems set in 1918, has just been published by FutureCycle Press.

  • If you'd like a signed copy, I'd be happy to do so! Contact me first with your address at: writer@pa.net.

  • I accept Paypal.

  • For unsigned copies of This Passing Fever .

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If sweet Regency, a la Jane Austen, is your thing, have I got the book for you!

Check out: Her Humble Admirer , a pet project under my pen name.

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Prompts to fire up your muse:

 

Creative Services:

  • Want a motivating Freelance Writing Study or Critique?

  • Need help writing your artist statement, cover letters/submission materials, or organizing or editing a poem, short story, visual art collection, essay, or book?

  • Care to creatively brainstorm your project or publication goals and set up a do-able plan with an author who's been there?

  • Interested in cover art or website imagery for your latest project? My photos have appeared on magazine and book covers.

 

Contact me for rates and availability.


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Write On!

Pen image by: Álvaro Serrano

Author photo on Biography page by: Amanda McGrath

All other site photography by: Melanie Faith unless otherwise noted