For Writers: Writing seminars Hints, rules, and lies of the craft
  More paths lead to publication then ever before. Since the importance of narrative quality has not wavered, we begin with a mini- course on an aspect of the craft (choose between: dialog, point of view, building tension, integrating plot and character into description, back story, showing and telling). From there we launch into the pros/cons and variations of traditional, indie, and hybrid publishing—should you blog, podcast, freelance, commit journalism, submit to literary reviews, query til the cows come home, or just click upload and set a price? This presentation will help you choose the right path for your work! The Writer’s Toolbox is a collection of modules: 1. Clarity is key 2. Putting description, metaphor and simile to work for you 3. How to make point of view work for you 4. How to use backstory and flashback to build tension 5. The irony of effective dialog 6. How and when to show or tell, or show and tell 7. How to build tension and suspense 8. How to recognize manuscript quagmires and bring it all together in the final edit Each module can be presented as an individual seminar - 50 minutes without exercises, two hours with - a series of seminars or a full day suckin’-on-the-fire-house marathon session. The complete descriptions are here “An earth shattering dive into fiction’s many vagaries.” – Andy Gloege You've just been invited to read at a literary event. Don't panic! Ransom has produced hundreds of readings and wants to prepare you. You'll learn how to choose the right piece for each venue and time allotted and you'll discover your strengths as a storyteller so that you can enjoy this opportunity to develop your audience. "Ransom makes all writers feel confident enough to give a fantastic reading." -Hyla Molander The class is an interactive seminar that requires three hours for 15 people. The complete description is here A one page writer’s workshop. Like a cheat sheet to the craft; I’ve typed in my notes from books, lectures, workshops, and study of the craft. If offer a hint, rule, or lie, I’ll credit you and link to your page--we’re all in this together! Hints, rules, and lies of the writer’s craft!
The Writer’s Toolbox
How To Give a Great Reading
The Value of exposing yourself
Hints, rules, and lies
Ransom Stephens scientist, author, speaker
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Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain: The neuroscience of how to make readers laugh and cry
Neuroscience is like looking under the hood to see how It works. When you know how readers process your writing you can figure out what grabs readers, what bores them, and why. In this presentation, we’ll investigate how to write in ways that administer dopamine when you want readers happy and withholds it when you want readers sad. We’ll explore the roots of what people like and why bestsellers aren’t always critical favorites. Art is subjective, but our subjectivity has a lot in common.