Welcome to Camp

Greetings, writers! Welcome to Camp Write Owl, a virtual camp for writers and storytellers. While the lessons you’ll learn here are geared toward novel writers, many of the topics are applicable to multiple storytelling formats.

This month’s course is Storytelling 101. You’ll learn the basics of storytelling to get you started on your journey to becoming a writer or to help you grow if you’re already a writer.

Each day, except for Saturdays, I’ll post a new lesson for you to learn. The nice thing about this camp being virtual is that you can choose which lessons you want to do and which ones you want to skip based on your own knowledge and talents. On Saturdays, I’ll be doing Q&A’s where I answer your questions about the topics covered earlier in the week.

Below is a list of the topics I’ll be covering.

Week 1: Brainstorming; Genre, Audience, and Length; Verb Tense; Tropes

Week 2: Characters; Protagonists and Antagonists; Character Profiles; Agency; Point of View and Voice; Dialogue

Week 3: Setting; Worldbuilding; Descriptions and Imagery; Show vs. Tell; Stakes; Tension

Week 4: Plotting vs. Pantsing; Acts; Beginnings; Middles; Ends; Subplots

Week 5: Foreshadowing and Plot Twists; Pacing; Theme

If you want to learn more about any of these topics, then you’re in the right place.

My name is Jess, and I’ve been writing stories since I could hold a crayon. Over the years I’ve dedicated my free time to reading, writing, and learning craft; so one day I can be a published author.

I’ve always excelled at English classes. I got A’s in all of them, even in college. I started out as a creative writing major; but I don’t like the way creative writing is taught at my alma mater, so I ended up dropping English to a minor. My degree is in anthropology, which is incredibly helpful for worldbuilding. When I was in college, I took classes in grammar, writing fiction, and even novel writing. In addition to my formal education in English, I’ve also mentored with three published authors. I’m part of a writing critique group as well. Some of the members are published, and some aren’t.

Those are my qualifications, but I’m only one writer. I don’t want you relying on my knowledge and experience alone. I’ll be drawing from my college courses, craft books, AuthorTube videos, and other sources for this course. As is the case with all writing advice and feedback, you can take it or leave it. The goal is for you to improve as a writer and storyteller, and each person learns and grows in their own way.

Now, in real camps, you meet other campers and bond with them over the course of the camp. Since this is virtual, that’s a little harder to do; but I want to encourage you to do it anyway. If you think you’ll be participating in multiple lessons, let us know who you are in the comments. If you’re willing, tell us why you’re here and what you hope to accomplish from joining Camp Write Owl. I can’t wait to meet you all!

J.L. Weinmeister

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