Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Cynthia Ruchti, Fiction Writing Continuing Class

Give us the reason for the title of your class,"Writing Fiction That Gets an F" and a little bit about what you will discuss.

Fiction can either draw an F for faded, floundering, flailing, flubbing, flat, formulaic, flaccid OR it can earn an F for fast-paced, fascinating, fresh, and fabulous. This class pays attention to strategies that help create Fabulous Fiction, with a capital F. In addition to subjects like foundations, fundamentals, focus, finding your voice, finales, and faith, we'll work on fine-tuning story world, finding the best starting point, fixing the pacing, forming an emotionally riveting tale, and in other ways tailor the sessions to fortify your fiction.

What will be the greatest takeaway from your class?

Good isn't good enough to capture the interest of editors, agents, readers, or reviewers when more writers than ever before are competing for their attention. Sometimes all a manuscript needs to take if from good to great is fine-tuning, focusing on details other novelists might bypass. Attendees will walk away with a fresh look at their manuscripts and practical "finds" to move their projects closer to the coveted F for Fabulous.

Is there anything a writer can do to prepare for your class?

Writers serious about not settling for good on their way to great can prepare by making a careful analysis ahead of time. What are the manuscript's strengths and weaknesses? What is holding them back from moving forward? What do they know needs work? And are they willing to do whatever it takes to make their novel stronger? 

Anything else you would like to add?

I'm looking forward to what we'll learn together as we apply proven techniques for writing fiction that gets noticed.

Learn more about Cynthia at her website.

Write-to-Publish meets June 8 - 11
in the Chicago area.

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