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Specialty Class with Heidi Taylor Gordon

The Art of Writing Clean Fiction – and Why it Matters

  • Starts Jun 10
  • 725 US dollars
  • American Preparatory Academy, 431 West 11915 S, Draper UT 84020

Available spots


Service Description

PRE-REQUISITE: To register for this class, attendees must have previously attended WIFYR for two years OR must obtain special permission. --------------------------------------------------- Workshop Information: The fiction landscape is a cluttered one, regardless of the age or genre. But a trend has emerged, especially in YA, where more and more stories include adult content. Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I love a good horror novel, but as the Publishing Director for Shadow Mountain, we look for talented storytellers who have the skills to create manuscripts that don’t include profanity, graphic violence, or sex, yet still create storylines that engage, uplift, and enrich. Readers are hungry for this kind of content. In this workshop, we’ll take your idea from a concept to a full-blown outline with the parameters of keeping that content clean for the audience you’re writing for. We’ll be looking at creative ways to engage readers without the adult content and we’ll be talking about why that matters. Join me for a week of creative brainstorming and content creation. Should we come prepared with ideas already? Yes, I would love for you to come with an idea you’d like to explore. Should I have a first page done? Anything written at all? No! We’re going to start from scratch. Will you do page critiques as the week goes on? Yes. You'll have an assignment each day that we’ll review first thing the next morning – nothing huge, just idea generators and creativity stimulators. But all the assignments will point back to the story you want to write. Will there be a limit on how much I can create? I don’t want to put a limit on you. I’d like you to feel you can go with whatever creative flow hits you. I’ll try to accommodate it all. This Workshop is a Great Option for: -MG & YA fiction -All genres Registration for this workshop also includes: *feedback from faculty on your manuscript *an agent/editor consultation on the first 750 words of your manuscript *the Afternoon Sessions *an in-class visit from an editor/agent --------------------------------------------------- IMPORTANT: Pre-registration is available in December with a non-refundable $25 deposit. This will save your spot, but the remaining balance *must* be paid by January 7, 2024. You will receive an emailed invoice to complete the transaction. Early Bird Cost: $725 After March 10th: $775


Upcoming Sessions


Cancellation Policy

We understand not all circumstances can be anticipated. However, our faculty and staff put in a considerable amount of time critiquing registrants’ manuscripts and organizing Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers long before the conference begins. All refund requests must be made in writing. Please email carolloveswifyr@gmail.com to make the request. WIFYR Handling Fee Rates January = 20% February = 20% March = 25% April = 50% After May 1 = No refund Morning Class Deposit Refunds: If you make a deposit on a class and decide to withdraw, there will be a $200 non-refundable fee. Pre-Registration: Booking before January 1 will save your spot in the workshop with a non-refundable $25. The full remaining balance MUST be paid by January 7, 2024 to keep your spot in the workshop. You will receive an emailed invoice to complete the transaction.


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