If you're coordinating an event or school visit, I'd love an invitation. Email me at Bannekerbones [at] gmail [dot] com and let's see if we can't get something on this schedule.
Monday, October 22, 29 November 5, 12, 19 2018
Instructor: Robert Kent
Time: Monday evenings 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Location: Indiana Writers Center
Cost:$275 nonmembers, $185 members, $165 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
*The price of this class includes a $25 manuscript fee.
For five Mondays, you're invited to become part of an elite fiction writing community. This workshop is limited to no greater than ten participants, so every writer will get individual attention. We're going to encourage each other and hold one another accountable to meet a firm writing and reading goal each week through daily emails. You can write any genre, any age group, (Robert Kent writes both middle grade books and adult horror stories) and any fiction narrative, be it short story, novel or other.
Every writer will be expected to produce a minimum of 2,500 words for each week's session. Submissions will be capped at a maximum of 5,000 words. That's only 358 words you'll need to write per day or 500 words per day if you take two days off each week.
Please have your first 2,500 words ready by the first session (must be the opening of a longer work, or a contained story). You won't need to submit it ahead of time, but you will need to have it prepared to be work-shopped during the second weekly session. Submissions should preferably be Microsoft Word documents as we'll be using track changes for critiquing. If a Word document is unavailable, the student will be responsible for printing enough copies (no more than ten) for the entire workshop.
Manuscripts must be double-paced and in 12-point font, preferably Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. The author's name must appear on the first page. Each page must be numbered. Maintain a 1 -inch margin on all sides. Use actual paragraphs, typical punctuation, etc. In other words, manuscripts must be formatted as though they were about to be submitted for publication. Don't make your fellow writers suffer through abnormalities in formatting.
This is a workshop for those who are serious about their writing. Every participant needs to be prepared to produce new writing of their own every week in addition to providing written notes and in-person feedback about others' writing during workshop sessions. This is a workshop for writers strong enough to take criticism like a professional. Personal criticism will not be tolerated, but your fiction will be broken down and rewritten until it is killed or cured. Weak writers need not apply.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Indy Author Fair
40 East St. Clair Street
10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate Indiana’s rich literary tradition with activities for writers and book lovers of all ages! FREE and open to the public
11:30-12:45 p.m.Self-Publishing Tricks and Tips – Goodrich-Houk Room
Learn the ins and outs of self-publishing during this workshop. This session will offer insights into how to know when it makes sense to self- publish, where to find out information about the variety of ways to self-publish, and what to watch out for if it’s the route you decide to take to publish your own book. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Rob Kent.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Finishing Your First Novel (and your second)
Instructor: Robert Kent
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Indiana Writers Center
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
Confession: when someone tells me, usually in a conspiratorial tone, "you know, I've always wanted to write a novel," I have to forcibly resist replying, "I've always wanted to perform brain surgery, I just haven't studied brains or operation procedures." Writing a novel isn't brain surgery, but it is a lot of work. It's also something everyone thinks they can do (because they've written stuff like emails, social media posts, that one poem from high school, etc.), and most people will never do. Fewer will do it well.
Being an enthusiastic lover of books naturally leads to dreaming up an idea or two for your own, but ideas are cheap and plentiful. It's the completed execution of those ideas that separates authors from wannabes. And most authors don't publish their first book (and certainly not the first version of it), so if you want to stop telling people about the book you're going to write some day and start telling them about the book you wrote, roll up your sleeves.
This course will offer actionable advice on how to take your idea to completed novel with a comprehensive overview of how to plot your story, how to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and do the work, how to schedule your book's completion and track your progress, how to revise your completed manuscript, and ultimately how to prepare it to be published. By the end of this course, you'll either have a plan in place to finish your novel, or be able to decide that you'd rather just be a reader (the world always needs more of those).
For five Thursdays this spring, you're invited to become part of an elite fiction writing community. We're going to encourage each other and hold one another accountable to meet a firm writing and reading goal each week. You can write any genre, any age group, (Robert Kent writes both middle grade books and adult horror stories) and any fiction narrative, be it a short story, novel or other.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017