The Craftsman Package
“The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.”
― Madeleine L'Engle ―
Perfect for writers looking to focus on and practice their craft with or without the confines of a novel, the Craftsman Package looks at the specific elements of a narrative to learn how to develop and strengthen your writing skills. Useful as an educational tool, we'll experiment with point of view, play with world-building and setting, and discover that even your secondary characters have a story. We'll have a little fun, get a little creative, and strengthen your skills...and your confidence.
Getting To Know You
In our free, 30 minute phone consultation, we'll take a look at your project and determine your goals for your writing and as an author. We'll review the first 10 pages of your submitted sample and design a focused plan for the next four weeks based around your interest, skillset, or problem areas so you can practice your craft and stretch your imagination.
The director of a movie is a lot like the narrator of a book: both have specific points of view that best tell the story. In the first-person point of view, we zoom in on one character's life with limited knowledge based on what they alone see, hear, and feel. In third person, we pull back to get the big picture--knowledge can be as limited or vast as you decide, and other perspectives can be introduced. As a writer, it's up to you to decide how you want to tell your story. But how do you choose? In our first session, we'll experiment with points of view by playing with perspective to discover what feels the most natural to you.
What's the best part of being a writer? Creating. There's nothing like taking the people, places, and ideas inside your head and weaving them into a story that others can share in. What's the hardest part of being a writer? Translating everything from your mind to the page. Whether you're writing high fantasy or historical romance, the setting is what draws the reader from the real world into yours. This week, we'll discuss what setting can do for your characters, how it can be a character itself, and how it creates the mood for the rest of your book. We'll play with fictional versus real-world settings and have some fun with world-building exercises that will expand your imagination.
Does your character have a British accent, or does it resemble a southern twang? Do they have a vast vocabulary and use concise sentences? Or do they muddle through their words and speak without taking a breath? These seemingly minor details play a large role in defining your characters while drawing the reader further into your story. In week three, we'll talk about bringing your characters to life using dialogue and dialect and discover that even the most minor characters come from somewhere.
Every good book ends with a strong conclusion. In this final session, we'll write our own with some exercises in points of view, setting, and dialogue. Whether it's a new project or a fresh take on an old one, we'll stretch your creative mind and hone those writing skills. You have the tools and knowledge you need for future success. Now let's give your imagination a turn!
- Unlimited Email Exchange
- Session Summaries
- Related Articles and Resources
- 10 Page Manuscript Review
- Personalized Writer's Road Map
2010 - present
2010 - present
What You'll Get
Each session consists of an hour-long phone call focused on specific elements of writing and tailored to help you hone your craft with creativity and fun. You'll experiment with point of view, expand your world with setting, and find that each character--like every person -- is unique and ready to tell a story. With brainstorming sessions designed to open your mind, we'll take you as far into the imagination as you want to go and give you the confidence to keep going.
- A Brown Beagle Books welcome packet
- A weekly summary of our sessions
- A list of practices to keep you moving forward
- Articles and resources to keep you motivated
- A 10-page manuscript review
- A final, personalized road map of your goals, obstacles, and what you can do to overcome them and reach your destination (as determined by you!)
Looking for more?
Let's Talk Theme (Week 5)
Let's Talk Voice (Week 6)
Add any of the above weeks to this package for only $25 or visit the À La Carte menu for custom services.
Here's the legal stuff:
Sessions are held for one (1) hour once per week or as scheduled by the client (you!) and Brown Beagle Books.
Payment is required by the first (free) consulting call. Refer to your welcome packet and individual contract for more details.