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Writing Workshop with Wade Rouse
Left Bank Books - Downtown
St. Louis, MO
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Writing Workshop with Wade Rouse
Facing Your Fear & Finding Your Voice

Fear is what stops most people from pursuing their passion and following their dreams. Fear is also what inhibits most authors from writing what calls to them, and keeps them from finding their voice. Fear is, too often, a writer's worst and final editor. Wade will lead participants through an in-depth discussion on fear, how it is intertwined with writing, and how it nearly stopped him. He will share examples of his early work, and how his overcoming of fear  in his life and in his writing  was the final piece of the puzzle that hanged his work and his voice forever, and led him to become a bestselling author.

Wade will also teach how to unleash your true writer's voice. Whether writing your first novel, mystery, or memoir, "voice" is the key to success, and the one thing every agent, editor and publisher is seeking. Before you write a word, you must first know NOT what you want to say but HOW you want to say it. Voice  not topic  is what sets every writer apart and serves as his or her greatest chance of success.

Wade will lead participants through an intensive, emotional and often life-changing writing exercise that links these two vital elements: How you can overcome your fear and find your own unique voice. Come prepared to write, to share to laugh and to cry.

Agents, Editors & Publishers, Oh, My! The Wizard's secrets to finding your yellow brick road to the literary world!

You have a manuscript, but it doesn't have a home. Or, at least, you are working on a manuscript, and you dream of being published. Publishing sources report that 99.9 percent of all queries to literary agents are rejected. And you thought writing was the hard part? So what makes the perfect elevator pitch? The perfect query letter? How do you beat the odds, and become part of that elite group?
Wade will teach participants how to craft the perfect query by sharing his original query, which landed seven formal offers, as well as those of some of his bestselling author-friends. Learn how to approach agents, and secure a reputable literary agent who can sell your work to a major publisher.

Wade will also walk participants through life after your book is published: What to expect when working with a major editor and publisher, how to market yourself, blog and deliver your own publicity. Specifically, Wade will teach what it's like to work with an editor, publishing today (the realities, challenges, and wonders), and how to be your own publicist, a necessity in the world today.

Wade will conduct a joint teaching and open Q&A session, with a prime focus on your work(s) in progress. In essence, now that you've found your voice, you need to find your way to the end. In addition to loads of courage, talent and time, you need structure. What makes a compelling plot? How do you create tension and compelling characters? How do you tackle a memoir? How do successful writers channel that narrative flow?

Wade will share his tips and creative exercises for perfecting your work and completing it, focusing on:

*         Characterization
*         Dialogue
*         Tension
*         Plot flow
*         Beginning a memorable work (How to create the " first-page pop"  and keep that going)
*         Narrative Flow
*         Humor

After Wade discusses each point, he will stop and ask you where you are stuck, or in need of help, in your particular work. He will also share  and ask you to share  pieces of his and your work, as examples to the class of compelling characterization, or damn good dialogue. A great class experience, that combines teaching, and group thinking.


Left Bank Books - Downtown (View)
321 N. 10th
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Classes

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Left Bank Books
On BPT Since: May 16, 2011
Left Bank Books
(314) 367-6731

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