Course curriculum

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    Zoom link for Live Class

    • Zoom Mondays starting Jan 3, 2022

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    Week 1: Brainstorm

    • Writing Process & Idea Book 2022 recording

    • OPTIONAL: Idea Sheets for Short Stories

    • OPTIONAL: Fables & Classic Stories in Movies/TV

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    Week 2: Five Story Ideas

    • Turning Lists into 5 Story Ideas—2022

    • OPTIONAL: The Bible Project on Design Patterns

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    Week 3: Choosing the One Story

    • Focusing on One Story—2022

    • Write a "Logline"

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    Week 4: Focus & Story Description (+ Suggested Draft Deadline)

    • Focus, Story Elements & Collecting Words--last year's video

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    Week 5: Setting, Drafting a Setting Paragraph

    • Focus, Setting & Drafting a Paragraph--last year's video

    • OPTIONAL: The Bible Project on Setting

    • MS Word Plot Outline

    • RTF Plot Outline

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    Week 6: Character, Shoes, Plot

    • Character, Shoes & Surprise Beginnings--last year's video

    • OPTIONAL: The Bible Project on Character

    • OPTIONAL: Find the Adjectives

    • OPTIONAL: Add Paragraph Breaks

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    Week 7: Character + Overview of Rest of Semester

    • Shoes, Clothes, Perspective, Mood, Plot Twists--last year's video

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    Week 8 Answering Questions

    • OPTIONAL: The Bible Project on Plot

    • 1 of 2 Confidence & Finding an Editor--last year's video

    • 2 of 2 Conciseness, Drawings, Chapter Titles & Using Styles in Word Processors--last year's video

    • OPTIONAL: Link to Short Story Anthologies

    • OPTIONAL: Paragraph about Sound

    • OPTIONAL: Quote on Conciseness

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    Week 9 Answering Questions

    • Anthologies from Previous Years, Technical Terms, Old Words, Perspective--last year's video

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    Week 10

    • Give Yourself Incentives!--last year's video

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    Style

    • Stylistic Choices Checklist

    • OPTIONAL: Links to Literary Devices Websites

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    Week 11: Preparing for Peer Review

    • Asking Qs of Your Peer Reviewer, Writing within Page Limits, Finding Time to Write...--last year's video

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    Week 12: Dialogue

    • Refining After Peer Review & Punctuating Dialogue--last year's video

    • OPTIONAL: Short Story Driven by Dialogue

    • Examples of Punctuating Dialogue

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    Week 13: Preparing Your Manuscript

    • Using MS Word or Google Docs to format + Contest Announcement--last year's video

    • Preparing Your Document

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    Week 14: Images, About the Author & Formatting

    • Images & About the Author --last year's video

    • About the Author

    • Finding Images

    • Formatting in MS Word & Audio Recording Secrets - April 20

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    Self-Publishing

    • OPTIONAL: Some Self-Publishing Printing Options

    • OPTIONAL: Audiobooks

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    Contest

    • How to Submit Your Story

    • Waiver Form

    • Standards of Excellence

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    Published Anthology(ies)