Class Title: Writing Fast, Writing Deep
Instructor: Matilda Butler & Kendra Bonnett
Class Term: January 8-February 12, 2018
We are not accepting any more enrollments for 's class; the class has started.
Create more memorable characters, capture a fuller range of emotion, make dialogue carry part of your story, write with vivid detail...do it all AND do it faster than you ever thought possible. Using our Writing Alchemy, Quick Start method you'll have a strategy that will start you on the path to being the best writer you can be.
Writing Fast, Writing Deep introduces you to the five key elements—character, emotion, dialogue, sensory description, and time and place—that writers rely on to bring their stories to life. Because merely knowing these elements is not enough, the main focus of the class is to get you applying them effectively to everything you write. Through reading materials, writing exercises and critique you'll quickly grasp the practical steps for digging deep into the creative elements and have the confidence to use them in your writing.
At the end of the class, students will be able to dig deeper into the detail and story elements that help bring stories to life. Since this is the Quick Start course, students will acquire the fundamental strategy at the heart of Writing Alchemy and a basic toolset of elements that are easy to understand and apply. They will see improvement in their writing immediately.
We'll give students copies of our Writing Alchemy Quick Start ebook. There will be writing assignments and feedback from the instructors to help you learn the Quick Start Method of using Writing Alchemy and to provide experience with both the process of deconstruction into the story elements and building a powerful vignette utilizing these elements.
A final conference call can be scheduled if enough of the class would like to ask questions and share experiences with the group rather than just with the instructors.
- Unit 1: Quick Start Writing Alchemy: Quick Start ebook available for reading.
- Unit 2: Student deconstructions submitted, shared and critiqued.
- Unit 3: Student stories submitted, shared and critiqued. Conference Call for Q&A can be arranged.
Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required
We are pleased to have students at all writing levels. It is important to be open to learning a new approach to writing and to be respectful of the writing of others. All participants need to be able to create an email and attach a .doc file. Everyone must have an Internet connection to read the assignments of other students.
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours per week for written assignments; ½ to 1 hour to read other students' assignments.
Tuition/Fees for this course
SCN members: $96. Non-SCN members: $120.
Matilda Butler is co-creator with Kendra Bonnett of the Women's Memoirs website—the popular resource for writing prompts, recorded author conversations, book reviews, ScrapMoirs, marketing and publishing advice, and more. She is also co-author of the collective memoir, Rosie's Daughters: The "First Woman To" Generation Tells Its Story, winner of four book awards, including a 2008 IPPY. Their new book teaching the Writing Alchemy method will be available in early 2011. has trained more than 300 women in memoir writing. Her comprehensive workshop is the basis for the 5-DVD set, "The [Essential] Women's Memoir Writing Workshop: 21 Steps from Planning to Publication." regularly works with writers and aspiring authors through workshops (several taught through Story Circle Network, East of Eden and Association of Personal Historians), coaching sessions, manuscript evaluations and regular critique sessions (group and solo) with women writing their first books. Her All-Day Women's Memoir Writing Workshop is popular as both a live event and the 8-hour DVD version. has published more than 50 articles, contributed chapters to several anthologies, including The New Papyrus (Microsoft Press, 1986), co-authored the award-winning Women and the Mass Media. Visit their website.
Kendra Bonnett is co-creator with Matilda Butler of the Women's Memoirs website—the popular resource for writing prompts, recorded author conversations, book reviews, ScrapMoirs, marketing and publishing advice, and more. She is also co-author of the collective memoir, Rosie's Daughters: The "First Woman To" Generation Tells Its Story, winner of four book awards, including a 2008 IPPY. Their new book teaching the Writing Alchemy method will be available in early 2011. has enjoyed a 30-year career as a writer, editor, publisher and writing coach. She has published 8 books, some 300-plus magazine articles and founded 3 magazines. regularly works with writers and aspiring authors through workshops (several taught through Story Circle Network, East of Eden and Association of Personal Historians), coaching sessions, manuscript evaluations and regular critique sessions (group and solo) with women writing their first books. In addition, uses her years as a marketing communications executive to understand, apply and teach writers to navigate the worlds of social media, ebooks, blogs, online marketing and publishing in the 21st century. She helps authors and small business owners market (and sell) online. Visit their website.
Praise for Matilda's & Kendra's Classes
- "I have been teaching writing for twenty-four years, have taken Writer's Digest workshops, have attended DFW Writer's and SCBWI Conventions, have written two novels and read countless books on writing by such authors as Margaret Atwood and Noah Luke. My point is, Matilda and Kendra have taught me things about imagery and voice I never knew and that I am excited to apply to my writing right away. These ladies are encouraging, intelligent, and must themselves be tremendously excellent writers. I would take any workshop they offered and am motivated to read their published work. Thank you for giving me real tools to assist me in building my memoir into a stronger more marketable piece of work." —Amanda G., McKinney TX
- These classes (Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett) were the best among the classes so far I had attended. I learned a lot and teaching was concise and informative. —Jamuna A., San Ramon CA
- This was my first online class (Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett), so I didn't know what to expect. I enjoyed it and found it helpful for future writing. —Mary P., Lafayette IN
- It was informative. Both Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett were very helpful, friendly. I really enjoyed the class and I learned a lot. —Jamuna A., San Ramon CA
- This was my first online writing course—it exceeded my expectations. I was concerned that feedback from instructors would be vague or so encouraging as to miss the point of critical commentary. That was not the case. Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett were respectful of our various skill levels, balancing positive reinforcement with saying the "hard stuff" we needed to hear so that we could improve upon a sentence, paragraph, or concept. —Judith G., Somersworth NH
- Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett are both attentive and insightful teachers, readers and listeners. The class was well organized, fun and inspiring. —Tracy W., Ardmore PA
- Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett are professionals in every sense of the word. I enjoyed "Start Small, finish Big" tremendously. Most importantly, I I have grown as a writer and have a greater command of the memoir genre. —Michelle S., Park City UT
- Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler made this class fun, as well as stimulating. I felt stretched as I learned more about my own writing techniques. I had never written dialogue until I took this class. Now I find that my writing of dialogue flows easier than descriptive writing with no dialogue. Great class; well organized. Matilda and Kendra make a great team to work with. —Judy W., Spring Branch TX