Troubleshoot Your Problem Passages

Many participants in the Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop and Retreat have asked for a Saturday workshop for additional reflection and wisdom. Join popular teacher Tim Storm for an exploration of the internal arc of your story, as well as the writing issues you encountered during the week. Includes critiques of one to five pages. Turn problems into publishable prose. Open only to those participating in the retreat. All retreat writers may sign up; you need not have been in Storm's week-long program.

At a glance

What: Troubleshoot Your Problem Passages

When: Sat, July 1, 9am-3pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: $125 before May 15, $145 after

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Instructor: Timothy Storm

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Eager for more?

Write by the Lake often leaves writers eager to put to the test the tips and lessons they’ve learned throughout the week. This workshop, for the work horses among us, provides five hours of scrutiny of writing generated before or during your first three days of WBTL. Students submit 1-5 double-spaced pages by Wednesday night. The workshop will have as its focus the internal character arc underlying external plot events—the subject of Tim’s WBTL session on Resonance—but students need not have taken Tim’s session to join the workshop. Your writing will get some whole-class focus, but perhaps more importantly, you’ll be engaged in troubleshooting a wide variety of authentic conundrums faced by writers like you. As such, you’re encouraged to submit problematic passages—work that really has you stumped. Do not enroll in this workshop to impress us with your writing; enroll to learn how to impress “more important” readers, like publishers, agents, and those who might buy your book.

Prior to the Saturday workshop, Tim will send out a “gold standard” passage with some accompanying analysis to orient everyone to the ideal we’re striving for. On Saturday, we’ll follow a format for each piece of writing:

1. The writer will state what s/he sees as the main problems or challenges of the piece.
2. Other writers in the class will give their impressions on the passage and the writer’s concerns as they relate to the passage.
3. The instructor will give his critique.
4. Using others’ ideas/input, we’ll help the writer come up with a troubleshooting plan for the piece.

Limited to 15 participants.