#SHURES June 2013 Residency for Writing Popular Fiction Day 4

What an awesome way to start the day.  When you reach your 5th residency in the program, you have to deliver your 45 minute teaching module.  The students I attended covered Showing vs Telling, Dynamic Characters, and the 15 beat story structure.

Oh man! They completely saved my thesis!  Especially the 15 beat story structure.  I actually feel confident that I will finish the thesis this term so I can spend the last term editing the work.  I don’t have to stress about how I’m going to make it work anymore.  I just have to find the time to sit down and write.  Good thing the few favorite shows I watch won’t be back until the fall.

After the lunch break, we had the guest speaker sessions with some visiting agents who read through our query letters or sample writing to give us advice on what to fix to be more effective.  Lots. Of. Notes.

Long dinner break where I sat down and applied the 15 beat story structure to my thesis!

Quick Q&A session with the agents about what are the best practices and what is being read.

Afterwards, the Alumni of the program held a Princess Bride themed ball and raffle.  I made an appearance, but I’m so burned out from the week that I left early to get some sleep.

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