Release the Writer in You
at La Fortune Community Center
5202 S. Hudson Ave. | Comm. Cntr.
All classes are $10.00 at 7p- 8p unless otherwise noted.
P.L.A.Y. with Your Words
Whether writing fiction or nonfiction, every story contains four elements. If one is missing, then your story is incomplete. In this workshop, you will learn to P.L.A.Y. with your words to discover your story.
Creating Dynamic Characters
Great stories start with great characters. Using Gina’s unique B.E.S.T. F.R.I.E.N.D. approach, you will explore your fictional or nonfiction character to get down to the heart and soul of your story, and craft the perfect plot for your dynamic character.
G.O. F.I.S.H. How to Hook Your Reader
Just like a fish on a hook can’t swim away, as writers, we need to write great “hooks” (opening paragraphs) so our readers won’t get away! Come learn how to hook your reader and have them turning the page for more. (It’s recommended you attend the “Creating Dynamic Characters” workshop, but not necessary.)
Memoir, Autobiography, and Legacy Writing, Oh My!
You want to leave a written legacy for your family, but you don’t know where to start or what exactly to write. In this class, you will explore different ways to leave a family history and choose the best one for you.
Why Write Your Memoir?
Come discover the many reasons and benefits to writing your memoir. We’ll uncover the obstacles that might be holding you back and explore ways to remove them so you can find the freedom in telling your story.
Finding Your Life’s Theme
Ever wonder why certain things and memories keep coming up in your life? In this class, we explore those memories and identify some possible themes for writing your memoir. Knowing your theme will bring clarity and focus to your story and just might free up some areas of your life that seem stuck.
Release the Memoir in You
How to find your life’s theme and write your memoir
because you have a story that must be told.
You have a story inside of you dying to get out – a dream to impact the world with the lessons you’ve learned – but you’re not sure anyone would want to read it, and you don’t know how to put it all together or where to start? Perfect! This course will release the memoir in you, guaranteed.
From idea to memoir, you will learn what every story needs to be successful. You’ll find the theme of you life and create a relatable story that will touch and impact others. You’ll learn how to hook your reader so they can’t put the book down, and how to structure and craft a dynamic and powerful, page-turning memoir that will have readers touched, moved, and inspired by your life.
In addition, we’ll review the mechanics of good writing, and you’ll learn to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. Everything you need to get started on writing your life’s story is in this course. Don’t put your dream off another day.
Classes forming weeknights and weekends
Saturdays 10 – 12p for 4 weeks
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$5 service charge applied. Payment is nonrefundable after first class, but can be transferred to another class.
Offer expires 1 year from purchase.
What others are saying:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the class, especially it’s informal setting. It was an abridged, yet very informative class. Assignments were relevant and challenging yet not overwhelming. My biggest takeaway was learning how to show the story rather than telling the story. I totally recommend the class.” –Dambisa Hara
You may think your life isn’t worthy of a memoir, but everyone has a story to tell. Whether it’s overcoming a difficult time in your life or accomplishing something you never thought possible, in “Intro to Memoir Writing,” explore the story you want to tell and share it through memoir writing.
- The difference between autobiography, legacy, and memoir writing
- What a memoir is and what it isn’t
- The benefits of memoir writing
- The characteristics of memoir writing
- The different types of memoirs
- Why you should write your memoir
- Finding the theme of your memoir
- Discovering and choosing the events in your life that support your memoir theme
- Discover and develop your authentic voice and unique story
- Outlining , writing your hook
- Mechanics of strong writing
Calendar of 2016 Classes
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Payment is nonrefundable after first class, but can be transferred to another class.
Offer expires 1 year from purchase. Online options available
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Don’t see a time or place that works?
Put together a class of 4 students (and get $10 off tuition) and let’s talk. I love road trips!
For questions put “Memoir” in the subject line or email: gina (@) ginaconroy (dot) com
Release the Novel in You
online or in person
Is there a Novel Inside of You?
- 4 elements of a story: Character, Plot, Setting, Theme
- Advanced plotting using original curriculum geared to preteens and teens
- Hooking your reader by the end of the first page
- Common writing mistakes and mechanics of good writing
- Showing vs. telling, POV, character voice, avoiding backstory, passive/active words, writing dialogue, varying sentence structure¸ descriptive writing
What students are saying:
“I liked how Gina Conroy put the way of planning stories into different types of games and used P.L.A.Y. to bring home the points about Playmate, Location, Action, and Game. 🙂 It makes it fun to read and a more engaging way to think about plotting.” – Danielle, 14 yrs old
“If you are thinking about publishing a book, she’s amazing. If you just want to write a story, she’s amazing. I highly recommend her classes.” – Katherine, 11 yrs old
“I took a novel writing class with Ms Conroy last semester. I was able to start with a concept and some scattered journal notes and take it through the rough draft of my first novel. Her pointers were very helpful. I don’t think I could have accomplished this without her direction. I enjoyed the work and am pleased with the results. I give her and her teaching a two thumbs up.” Bill T., retired
“I enjoyed this class very much. This class is easy to understand because it goes at a perfect pace and is taken step by step. This was awesome and so much fun! I hope the book I’m writing gets published one day! –Casey, 14 yrs old
“I’ve known Gina for years—watching her learn these very techniques, put them into action in her novels, and help teenagers dive into the world of storycrafting. Her techniques are guaranteed to put the fun back into learning how to write and to release the budding novelist in you!”- Susan May Warren, RITA and Christy award-winning, best-selling novelist and nationally acclaimed writing coach
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Calendar of 2016 Classes
November 12, 9 – 5p One Day Novel Writing Workshop
Don’t see a time or place that works?
Put together a class of 6 students (and get $10 off tuition) and let’s talk, I love road trips!
For questions put “Release the Novel” in the subject line of the contact form below or email: gina (@) ginaconroy (dot) com
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