A Fast-Blast Intro to Writing Short Stories and Novels - Part 1

Have you fantasized of writing a short story or novel but have been too afraid to take that dream out of the box and start working on it? Then this five hour hands-on creative writing workshop is for you. Carol Baldwin will introduce you to some basic writing tools that every writer needs and then introduce you to the building blocks of fiction: Character, Setting, and Conflict. Carol will demonstrate how each element interconnects with the other.

A 45-minute break for lunch is included. Bring a notebook, pen and the desire to have fun and experiment. You’ll leave with more story ideas than you’ll know what to do with and some “homework” assignments to keep your creative juices flowing.

How-to topics will include:

— Build a set of writing tools.

— Create an authentic character and determining what she or he wants.

— Develop a sensory setting and learn how to set your story’s mood.

— Consider the wide variety of conflicts your character might encounter. 

Carol Baldwin Bio

Carol’s most recent book is Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8 (Maupin House, 2008). Her first young adult novel is set in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1952. Carol enjoys teaching writing and has presented at many educator’s and writing conferences. She was an instructor in the continuing education department at Central Piedmont Community College, coordinated the Charlotte SCBWI group for over 20 years and has published widely in newspapers and magazines.

Carol also co-publishes Talking Story, a newsletter for educators and media specialists. The three G’s in her life are gardening, grandchildren and golf.