This is one example of a month one writing prompt:
Now that you have learned about character background, take all you have learned and choose a picture from one of the ones given. Write a biography on that person in both first person and then third person point of view. He/she should have a name, age, and be sure to include something about his/her past and present situation. Do not include too much physical description, that will come later. This should flow like a story, not an interview.
Many of the lessons come from founder, Tania L Ramos' book, Surviving the Writing Apocalypse [Blackbird LSD]. This is a handy guide to reference, but it is not a necessary purchase for the class. Classes will be held online through Google+ Hangouts and can be accessed at anytime after the class through YouTube. A special group will be made on Facebook where students can submit and interact with each other. Those who do not have Facebook access can submit through email.
The sections will build over time, with each course acting as a foundation to the next until ultimately the student will have the tools needed to put together a well rounded story. Assignments may be reviewed by authors, editors, novice readers (beta readers), and their peers for critiquing. This course is aimed to help and encourage writers of all levels, as such all remarks will remain professional and constructive.
Classes will be held weekly, and there will be a weekly assignment. Sections will be held monthly, and a brand new starting section will start each quarter. This allows a student who is unable to start the second or third month, to pick up two months later. However, it is not necessary to complete each month to move on to the next. For example, if a student completes the first month, but can not do the second month, they are able to start back up the third month or wait until the next start of Section Two the following quarter. There is a total of twelve sections, and at the end of each completed year a compilation of the best works will placed into a book. Each student will receive one book with their twelve month completion. The book will also be made available for further purchases.
Recommened ages for this program are fifteen years and higher. However, the program will be made available to ages thirteen and fourteen if they can correctly complete the first assignment. Anyone under the age of eighteen must have signed parental consent to participate. All work remains the work of the student unless given explicit and signed consent to be used in print.
Why Start the Program:
When author, Tania L Ramos, was asked why she wanted to start this kick off program she stated, "Many schools have lost funding for extracurricular programs such as Young Authors groups. I have come across several young writers who don't know where to start, and feel intimidated in classes or groups with older writers. The plain truth is, these young minds need a place to grow and not all of them have a place to find that. I have two passions in life: Writing and teaching. Now I have an avenue to bring the two together."
As this will be the official start of the program, the first five people to register are free, all others are $10 until February 1, 2014. After February 1, 2014 the cost is $15 and no one will be added after February 7, 2014. Pay for six months up front and receive $5 off. Pay for twelve months up front and receive $15 off.
About the Founder:
Tania L Ramos is a registered nurse in her home town. She writes speculative fiction, and has won two awards for Be Still [Iuniverse]. Other activities include speaking to schools about the biggest errors in point of view, and inspiring people to follow their dreams no matter what age they are. She has spoken before the High Desert chapter of the CA Writer's Club, at library events, and multiple schools.
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The Fine Print:
No refunds will be issued after the end of the second week of the section starting date. For example, no refunds will be issued after 02/14/2014 for Section One. One compilation book will be issued to each student who has completed twelve sections. If there are not enough works eligible for submission into the compilation, the student will receive a $5 refund or the option to be placed in the next compilation. Sections are open to anyone in the U.S., Canada, or U.K., however payment must be made in U.S. currency through PayPal or Square Market. Anyone under the age of eighteen must have a signed parent's consent to participate. Anyone under the age of eighteen must have signed parent's consent to be included in the compilation book. Computer access will be needed for classes as well as a valid email account and the ability to view videos on YouTube or Google+ Hangouts. All materials submitted are the sole property of the student unless consent is given to use. These courses are not approved by any governing agencies for school or college credits, nor will any participant receive a degree or certificate. Only twenty participants will be allowed per section. Entry is on a first paid basis.