Simplify Your Book-Writing Process with a Book Style Guide by Bernadette Geyer
START DATE: This class is currently closed.
DURATION: 4 weeks
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Want to save time in your book-writing process? Tired of trying to remember the breed of your protagonist’s neighbor’s dog? Frustrated by the editing process because you (and your editor!) find inconsistencies everywhere?
Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, a Book Style Guide will save you time and frustration in your process. In the early stages of writing your book? That’s a perfect time to put together your Guide!
Participants will receive templates to fill out each week, which will result in a complete Book Style Guide by the end of the workshop. Participants will also have the opportunity to receive weekly feedback from the instructor.
Bernadette was a wonderful and inspiring teacher; even on the internet she really connected with and brought together a vibrant writing community—not the case with all online writing workshops. I learned much about poetry through Bernadette’s well planned exercises and readings, my own poetry was encouraged by Bernadette’s thoughtful and imaginative prompts, and my writing and style improved by virtue of her feedback ~ Laurie S.
I’ve taken Bernadette’s workshop twice and I’m waiting in the wings for the next one.
There is no pressure, just information and inspiration. ~ Catherine H.
This workshop helped me revise a novel. Bernadette provides strong, clear, timely feedback. I would love to take another four weeks with this same group! ~ Eileen G.
The Art of Revision was the perfect jump start to re-vision past poems. Bernadette fostered such a positive learning community that I continue to meet regularly with my classmates in a writer's group. ~ Katherine R.
Bernadette Geyer’s Writer’s Center course on revision was one of the best experiences I've had in workshops and training related to poetry . . . Bernadette is an excellent facilitator in involving all participants in the workshop and not allowing one or a few to dominate discussion and debate. ~ Shela T.
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
Week 1 - People
What are the key elements that should go into your Book Style Guide regarding the people mentioned in your book? A detailed presentation covers these elements and students will receive the first of four templates to fill out for their own Book Style Guide.
Assignment: Participants will fill out Template #1 and share it with the instructor for feedback.
Week 2 - Places
What are the key elements of a Book Style Guide regarding the places mentioned in your book? A detailed presentation and template are provided for this week.
Assignment: Participants will fill out Template #2 and share it with the instructor for feedback.
Week 3 - Things/Animals
What are the key elements your Book Style Guide must track regarding things and/or animals? A detailed presentation and template are provided for this week.
Assignment: Participants will fill out Template #3 and share it with the instructor for feedback.
Week 4 - Formatting/Spelling/Sounds
What formatting elements are necessary to track in your Guide? Why should you be concerned with sounds? Did you realize there are a variety of “right” ways to spell some things? A presentation and template are provided for this week.
Assignment: Participants will fill out Template #4 and share it with the instructor for feedback.
Materials needed: Participants should have a manuscript in the early stages that they are working on (fiction or nonfiction) that they can use as a basis for the Book Style Guide.
Workshop materials will be posted on a password-secure web site, and assignment/feedback correspondence will be conducted via emails between the instructor and students. Registered students will receive an email with the link and password on the first day of the workshop.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Bernadette Geyer has more than 15 years of experience as a professional editor, copy editing dozens of books for publishers and authors, from fiction and nonfiction to poetry and anthologies. She has served in the past on the editorial boards of an independent press and a literary journal. Geyer lives in Berlin, Germany, where she works as a writer, editor, and translator. Her web site can be found at http://www.bernadettegeyer.com.
COST: $125, which includes weekly online presentations, exclusive Book Style Guide templates to fill out, and individual feedback from the instructor.
BUY NOW: Simplify Your Book-Writing Process with a Book Style Guide with Bernadette Geyer (4 weeks, starting 4/24/2017) Limit: 10 students. Early registration is recommended.
This class is now closed. Please check here for our current schedule.
Notes: Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor. Just before class begins, she will e-mail you with instructions on how to get started.
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