Bones of Story Telling Class | Consulting | Praise
If you have a story to tell, our classes and teachers help you focus, grow, and achieve your writing goals. Beginning, intermediate and advanced writers all welcome. We specialize in empowerment and practical, focused advice to help you reach your writing goals.
Below is a listing of the current teachers and presenters at The Blackbird Studio for Writers. Click on the teacher to go to their offerings. If you have any questions about classes, or your own writing process, please email me at email@example.com. I'll do my best to get back to you with 24-48 hours.
Additional Services and Retreats:
Bones of Story Telling Class via audio download
Learn concept, theme, plot, structure and character. Walk away with a plan for writing your next draft.Learn and practice:
Learn how to map your story on the W structure chart and the expanded pillar chart. Learn how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader.
Stop wasting precious time writing in circles. Learn how to get out of that 50-150 pg. slump. I'll show you how creativity and advance planning can work together in your process. Save yourself years of confusion, wasted time, frustration and rejection. Leave this class with clarity, knowledge and a plan to finish (and publish) your novel, memoir and/or short story/creative non-fiction collection.
Class 1: Concept & Theme discussion
Class 2: Plot discussion—Seven Basic plots and how your book fits in this form. And why!
Class 3: Character studies within Seven Basic Plot base and the model of Joseph Campbell archetypes
Class 4: Structure—W Charting
Class 5: Charting your What if ?'s on the W and the value of Setting
You will leave these 5 weeks with a very important understanding of what your WHOLE project is about and have a full map to follow as you get through the next draft.
"I'm so happy I signed up for this class. You have blown me away with your enthusiasm and passion."
"Investing in a manuscript consultation with Jennifer Lauck was one of the best decisions I have made as a writer. While I have an MFA, I have never understood how to effectively structure a story, to make a coherent literary journey out of my experience. Since October, when I received Jennifer's commentary, my writing process has transformed. I am no longer sitting down at the computer, blindly mapping out a narrative by the seat of my pants. I have a solid outline, a clear road ahead, and I am now freed of the burden of worrying what to write next or if to write it. Instead, I craft scenes from my outline with a clear intention of their role in the larger story, in the hero's journey. As a result, my scenes have taken on new life. I find myself feeling excited to get to the next scene as I feed off the tension my story is naturally creating. Thank you, Jennifer. I could have spent another decade and thousands more dollars and hours, trying to figure out why editors wouldn't publish my manuscript. Instead, I am confident that the results of my more focused and informed efforts will result in the publication of a story that is incredibly important to me. I couldn't think of a more meaningful investment than that."
"I received Jennifer's summary analysis of my memoir recently and then afterward spoke with her on the phone. It was a good critique of character development and plot. Afterward I wrote down all my chapters—using short descriptive phrases—on 58 index cards and then laid them out to examine story structure. I also added bullet notes as to what I was trying to do in each chapter, what it was for, what's the conflict, and where are the huge moments. It was a terrific exercise. I very quickly found two chapters that probably aren't needed, and I will no doubt move several others. I know I need to develop characters earlier. My book will be tightened and strengthened tenfold. Jennifer was encouraging about my writing, pointing out areas where things worked well and the language was beautiful. She suggested some good books to read to see how other writers succeed at character development. I got a lot of value out of this. We all need an unbiased eye to review a full-length book, especially if we're new to this."
"I found Jennifer's help invaluable. I do have a separate writing coach, but Jennifer is one of the best when it comes to writing memoir. She had me see that I'm the heroine in my book and I want readers to cheer me for me, not someone else. Those words were key to me rewriting the opening chapter and adding about 10 more in the beginning of the book. Once I spoke to Jennifer, the structure of my book also took shape in my head and I could immediately translate her coaching to paper. I was clear and confident after getting off of the phone with her. Thanks Jennifer!"
"Working with Jennifer is a great experience. She welcomed me into her comfortable space and coached my attempt at getting painful memoir out onto the page. We met several times—and I was astonished at her insight and ability to carve through a bunch of stuff and force me to get more clear about the story. Plus, she was really fun to talk to, encouraging and kind. I look forward to working with her some more! Thank you, Jennifer."
"Working with Jennifer took my writing to a new level. Reading the book that Jennifer wrote has taken my writing to a new level. The tips she gives me in regards to my manuscript helpe me to improve. She points out details of how I can improve. I like the way she is honest and upfront about what I've written. I so appreciate her feedback and I look forward to it.
"After taking a few classes with Jennifer over the past two years, I submitted a completed draft of my memoir. She read it within the time frame we agreed on, wrote an in-depth, detailed summary of her suggestions for my writing, met with me and spent over an hour of her time giving me further suggestions.
"I first started working with Jennifer about 1 year ago when I decided to write my life. I am an elementary teacher, business owner and mom of twins. I had no idea how to begin to write my life. I knew I had a story to tell, but have never written a book in my life so the task of creating a Memoir seemed overwhelming.
"Thanks again for the help...You give your all every time and I'm really grateful for that generosity."