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The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents
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What: A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter -- Presented by SP Sipal
Though many an envious writer would like to think JK Rowling's secret to success is just a bunch of magical mayhem, we Muggle writers can learn from the skills which have made her Harry Potter series more than beloved, but truly an absolute obsession among millions. Using Ms Rowling's phenomenally popular series as a base, we will delve below the surface of her prose to determine what made her writing so magical for so many. Learn about giving the reader more, the value of subtext, using mythic themes and structure to advantage, plotting a trail-of-clues mystery, and the business of self promotion. Please note that while familiarity with the series is helpful, it is not required. Also, this is not a workshop about writing fantasy (magic), but rather about how to learn techniques from a bestseller in order to improve your own writing and style. While fantasy will be included, the workshop is by no means geared exclusively to that genre.
When: October 1, 2012 through October 28, 2012
This workshop will be conducted via a online forum/email loop. Email invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop. Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via PayPal. The cost is $20.00 for FFnP members and $30.00 for non-FFnP members. Payment is due at the time of registration. Refunds / credits are determined on a case by case basis. If a class should be canceled, then participants have a choice of a credit to be applied to a future workshop or a refund.
Published in fiction and nonfiction through articles, short stories, and a novel, SP Sipal is best known as an analyst of the Harry Potter series and is the author of A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter. She's spoken at numerous fan and writer conferences at the national, international, and online level and published articles dissecting the alchemical and Egyptian mythological motifs running through the series. She continues the discussion with other writers of how to improve our writing with Harry Potter as our guide at her blog at HarryPotterforWriters.blogspot.com and accompanying Twitter feed @HP4Writers.