Writership and Trench Coach Present

The 7 Day Scene Intensive

February 4–10, 2018

(Pre-course begins Janurary 14, 2018)


You’re a writer and storyteller.

More than anything, you want your story to resonate with readers in an impactful way. You want to tell a story that works, but that's easier said than done.

You can spot a story that works when you read a favorite book, but can’t translate that into step-by-step instructions. You’ve read how-to books, attended conferences, or taken classes, but don’t know how to apply the techniques to your own writing. You may have heard the secret is story structure and writing scenes, but still can’t pin down what that means.

As editors, we’ve worked with lots of writers who were exactly where you are now. And as writers ourselves, we understand how frustrating it is when the words on the page don’t deliver the story you envisioned.

The great news is, nothing on this writing journey is wasted. All the time and effort you’ve invested—all that struggle—is exactly what you need to ignite you in this moment.

That’s why we’ve developed the 7 Day Scene Intensive.

This is not your ordinary workshop. Many online writing courses offer only minimal instructor interaction and no personal feedback, neither of which is ideal for writers who aim to realize their maximum potential.

The 7 Day Scene Intensive is founded on two principles. 

1. The key to writing better stories is to master scenes.

2. The most effective way to acquire that skill is through deep practice, repetition, and immediate feedback from a master coach.

 

 
 
 

Applying the Principles

We’ll start with extensive but digestible materials to get you ready for our intensive week. We break down the elements of scenes and show you what makes them work with examples from written stories and film.

During the Intensive, we’ll provide in-depth, personal feedback and suggestions for your scenes, which you can use to revise and resubmit. We'll look at the Five Commandments of Storytelling, point of view and narrative devices, narrative drive, levels of conflict, transitions, motivation-reaction units, imagery, sensory details, emotions, action, dialogue, and exposition.

We’ll also connect face-to-face in group calls to answer your questions and discuss topics relevant to your stories. At the end of our week together, we’ll connect in an individual call and share our written next steps for you.  

If you’re ready to become a better writer, check out the details for the 7 Day Scene Intensive below to combine solid story theory with deep practice and two master coaches committed to helping you tell a story that works.

 

Includes:

 

Dates:

Remote workshop that will help you improve your scenes and your writing

Intensive classes running Sunday through Saturday, so you learn, receive feedback, and improve quickly (with no time to procrastinate)

Scenes reviewed with feedback posted daily through Google Docs, so we can work together in a private platform

Three small group calls with your editor and three other writers sharing your journey, and

Final one-on-one call with your editor to review what you've learned and create a plan to continue to improve your writing

February 4–10, 2018

Pre-course begins January 14, 2018

 

Location:

No airfare or hotel stay required! This is a remote workshop you can devour in your pajamas. Coaching calls will take place on Skype.

 
 

Availability:

This course is limited to eight participants only.

 

Investment:

$747

 
 

About your editors

 

Leslie Watts from Writership.com

Leslie Watts

Leslie is a certified Story Grid editor, writer, and podcaster. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember: from her sixth-grade magazine about cats to writing practice while drafting opinions for an appellate court judge.

When the dust settled after her children were born, she launched Writership.com to help writers unearth the treasure in their manuscripts. Leslie believes we become better writers through practice, and that editors have a duty of care to help authors meet reader expectations and express their unique gifts in the world. 

 

Kim Kessler from Trench Coach

Kim Kessler

Kim didn’t finish college. When she was twenty-years-old, she landed an entry-level job at a local credit union which served as her on-the-job education. But after climbing the corporate ladder for ten years, she realized time is truly our most precious commodity and needed to spend hers differently.

In October 2014, she quit her corporate job to pursue passion projects—and it has been the best decision of her life. Since that day, she gained a son through open adoption, wrote her first novel, and got to add TEDx speaker to her resume.

Now Kim is a developmental editor, getting to combine her two favorite things in the world—stories and people. Nothing is more rewarding than helping someone else get a breakthrough on their plot and process. But most of all, she hopes to help others realize it’s never too late to live your best story.


 
 
Jess Hudson testimonial for Leslie Watts.
I’ve not really shared any of my writing with anyone before—I suppose from some fear of someone telling me it was crap and me losing my confidence. But Leslie had such lovely things to say about my story, and her feedback has definitely given me a boost!

I don’t feel quite so much now that writing is just something I should be doing for myself. Maybe other people would want to read some too!
— Jess Hudson, author of Osweyth

Here's what you need to know

 

You must do the work

This is an online workshop so no airfare or special accommodations are required! You can do this course at home in your pajamas. But this is a 7-Day Scene Intensive Workshop: It lasts seven days, it’s intense, and you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and work.

 

The goal is not perfection

The goal with the scenes you write during the workshop is not perfection. It’s to make mistakes in a supportive environment, get immediate feedback, and try again.  It’s about building your skills and confidence while helping you become a better writer, capable of executing scenes that work, honing your craft, and connecting with readers on a deep emotional level.

 

This is for you if You're serious about improving your writing

The investment for the workshop represents the time to prepare the materials, review your scenes, and prepare critiques. It’s a serious investment because we want serious students. We are devoting many hours away from other work, our families, and our own writing to spend the week with you.

 

Leslie helped me see growth opportunities, but also my strengths. Because of her help, my novel has developed into something truly amazing that I just wouldn’t have accomplished on my own.
— Alysia Seymour, author of The Raven Dreams
 
Alysia Seymour testimonial for Leslie Watts.
 
 
 
 
Jason Andrew Bond testimonial for Kim Kessler
I spent the last two and a half years stuck. I was completely unable to find the focus and motivation to move forward. Kim has definitely helped me clarify the structure of my current project, but far more importantly, she served as a key inspiration in my return to writing.

In the last two months, I’ve written 100,000 words of the newest rough draft. I feel free to follow my life’s work again, and I’m grateful. Her spot-on technical knowledge of Story is only outshined by her profound ability to energize and encourage.
— Jason Andrew Bond, author of Hammerhead

Clicking the button above will take you to Paypal where you can secure your spot by paying in full via credit card, Visa Debit card, or a Paypal account. Once you've paid, you'll be returned to this site and we'll provide directions to prepare you for your 7-Day Scene Intensive.


 

    Schedule

     

    Before the Intensive

    • After you sign up, you'll receive a questionnaire to help us get to know you, your stories, and how you work.
    • The pre-course begins January 14, 2018. You'll receive three emails per week until the course begins to acquaint you with the elements of scenes and what makes them work. These materials will walk you through the macro and micro structure of scenes and show you how to analyze them. We'll provide examples from written stories and film so you can see these tools in action before we get started.
    • Submit your initial scene (up to 1,500 words) by 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST) on the Saturday, February 9, 2018.

     

    Sunday - Day 1

    • Join a welcome call with your editors.
    • Receive feedback from your editor on your initial scene, posted by noon PST.
    • Revise and repost your scene by 11:59 pm PST.

     

    Monday - Day 2

    • Receive feedback on your revised scene, posted by noon PST.
    • Revise and repost your scene by 11:59 pm PST.

     

    Tuesday - Day 3

    • Join your editor and fellow authors on a group coaching call in the morning.
    • Receive feedback on your revised scene, posted by noon PST.
    • Revise and repost your scene by 11:59 pm PST.

     

    Wednesday - Day 4

    • Receive feedback on your revised scene, posted by noon PST.
    • Revise and repost your scene by 11:59 pm PST.

     

    Thursday - Day 5

    • Join your editor and fellow authors on a group coaching call in the morning.
    • Receive feedback on your revised scene, posted by noon PST.
    • Revise and repost your scene by 11:59 pm PST.

     

    Friday - Day 6

    • Receive feedback on your revised scene, posted by noon PST.
    • Revise and repost your scene by 11:59 pm PST.

     

    Saturday - Day 7

    • Receive your final scene feedback by noon PST.
    • Join your editor for a private coaching call.
     

     
     
    Noah Dueker testimonial for Leslie Watts.
    “I’m so grateful for all the advice Leslie provided. This is my first foray into writing a novel and hearing professional editing advice at this early stage is truly priceless.”
    — Noah Dueker, author of Forgotten December
     
    Kim enters into a kind of partnership with your particular creative genius and becomes a booster rocket. She can in the course of one afternoon, tighten the structure into a solid framework, find a character you’ve lost in the woods somewhere, and remind you where you meant to go when you began at page one.

    She’s a book teaser, an author whisperer, and a light at the end of the tunnel. What do you do when you begin to suspect your book is going to have to go into a drawer until you have better skills? Call Kim.
    — Audrey Couloumbis, author of The Misadventures of Maude March
     
    Audrey Couloumbis testimonial for Kim Kessler.
     

    Clicking the button above will take you to Paypal where you can secure your spot by paying in full via credit card, Visa Debit card, or a Paypal account. Once you've paid, you'll be returned to this site and we'll provide directions to prepare you for your 7-Day Scene Intensive.


    FAQ

    What will we cover in the calls?

    In the group calls, we’ll share information, answer questions, and offer encouragement. We can focus on whatever you want in your individual call, but we recommend using that time to review what you've learned and what your next steps are.

    Are the dates flexible?

    The workshop runs from Sunday, February 4, to Saturday February 10, 2018. Because of the format, we can't adjust the dates. Check your calendar before you sign up to make sure you can devote enough time to yourself and your writing that week.

    What if I don't know how to use Google Docs?

    We'll help you figure it out! I like Google Docs because it's easy to use. If feels very similar to Microsoft Word, so if you can use that, you'll do fine.

    Is this just copyediting (line editing)?

    The 7-Day Scene Intensive is not about line edits, and won't include them. Our focus is to help you write scenes that work and learn how to analyze your work on that level. We’ll provide resources on word choice, punctuation, POV, and tense, but we won’t focus on those topics.

    How can we work on my whole story in just seven days?

    That's not what we're trying to do here. This is a Scene Intensive, so we are working with scenes, because we know that nailing your scenes will help you nail your story. We will NOT focus on the Global Story or Acts or Sequences. These topics may come up, and we'll make reference to certain macro topics in the course of our discussion, but they're something we'll tackle in a future intensive workshop. For now, concentrating on scenes is the fastest way to improve your writing. You can then take these lessons and apply them to the rest of your writing.

    How many scenes can I get feedback on?

    The tight feedback loop allows you to send up to four scenes over the course of the week.

    What if I still have questions?

    Click here to email me or click here to schedule a free 30-minute call to talk it over. (Just make sure you schedule your call soon, as this course is limited to eight participants and may book out soon.)

     

    “I honestly loved the feedback Leslie gave me. It was great hearing some real time reactions to my work! Not to mention, it was a total honor to have her expertise and skills applied to not just the story, but the technical and mechanical aspects of my writing as well.

    I’ve since rebranded my story and now have three published audiobooks from it.”
    — Colby R. Rice, author of Ghosts of Koa
     
    Colby R. Rice testimonial for Leslie Watts.
     

    Clicking the button above will take you to Paypal where you can secure your spot by paying in full via credit card, Visa Debit card, or a Paypal account. Once you've paid, you'll be returned to this site and we'll provide directions to prepare you for your 7-Day Scene Intensive.


    Do you have questions? Click here to email us.