From July 9-13, online, she’ll be teaching the “Scene Meat” workshop. Participants learn what constitutes a “scene” and a “sequence”
On Saturday, July 14, Ellington teaches another online seminar, this one called The Series Bible. Attendees learn how to create and maintain a series bible to keep details of character, plot, and story arc development logical and consistent throughout several books. “Whether it’s a novel and a sequel, a trilogy, or an ongoing series with or without an endpoint, readers will notice if a character’s eye color changes, or if a character starts taking his coffee a different way. If there’s not a logical reason for the change, you’ll frustrate, and often lose, a reader.” This workshop costs $25, with registration and information available at www.devonellingtonwork.com/
If you prefer taking class in person, Ellington partnered with Three Fish and a Ram Community Art Center on Sunday, July 15 from 1-4 PM for a live workshop on Character or Situation. “Sometimes it’s easier to start from character to build your story; sometimes from situation,” says Ellington. “Either choice gives you different opportunities for story and character. This workshop will help you build techniques for both, so you don’t feel trapped by one way or the other.” The workshop is $50, and interested participants can email Three Fish and a Ram at email@example.com or call 508-477-2788 to reserve a space. The Center is located in Mashpee Commons.
Negotiations are underway to add one more online seminar in July, probably on Saturday the 28th, called “Femme Fatales and Rakish Rogues”. Again, part lecture and part opportunity for individual critique on sections of a work-in-progress, the seminar will explore the traditional uses of the femme fatale and the rogue in fiction, and ways to turn the archetypes inside-out to keep them fresh. For updates on final dates and registration, watch the workshop page, www.devonellingtonwork.com/