Monday, June 7, 2010

Live Class: Turning a Story into a Book

Ever wonder how a story goes from characters running around in your head to being printed and bound in a book to hold in your hands? Join Codex Publishing’s in-house editor and writer, Bethany LeBedz, for a three-week summer series to find out. We’ll cover brainstorming, using the elements of a good story, outlining and story structuring, writing the story, editing, formatting, publishing, and marketing. These classes are geared primarily for middle through early high schoolers (ages 10–16, older or younger with teacher approval). Hurry on over to CurrClick to sign up. The classes will be available on two different days at two different times in July: Wednesdays at 12 p.m. EST and Thursdays at 4 p.m. EST (the last 3 weeks of the month).

A half-hour preview class will be offered on Wednesday June 23 at 11 a.m. and Thursday June 24 at 4 p.m.

Week One: Elements of a Good Story

Can you name the five elements of a story? Does the climax come before or after the conflict? Should you have a happy ending or a sad ending? You’ve got the idea; you’ve got the hero’s name picked out; you know exactly what the villain is going to do in the conflict. What now? How do you get from introducing your characters and setting to a satisfactory ending? “Elements of a Good Story” will detail the necessary elements of a story, and help you to incorporate them into your story. We’ll also briefly cover brainstorming, outlining, and the actual writing process. This is part one of the Turning a Story into a Book series for young writers.

Week Two: Editing for a Better Story

You ran a spell check, so your manuscript is ready to be published, right? Wrong! Learn how to turn good into better and how to avoid the most common (annoying) grammar mistakes in part two of Codex Publishing’s Turning a Story into a Book for young writers.

Week Three: Formatting, Publishing, and Marketing

The last step in the writing process is perhaps the most important step if you want other people to be able to read your book. Discover the secrets of formatting your manuscript properly. Figure out the difference between a perfect-bound book and a case-bound book. Hear about the different types of publishers, including self-publishing. We’ll briefly cover marketing and selling your book as well. Be prepared by learning the lingo in the last class session.

Hurry on over to CurrClick to sign up for this unique class!