Lesson One: Description and World Building (June '12)
Lesson Two: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds (July '12)
Lesson Three: Character Development (September '12)
Lesson Four: Writing Under Pressure (October '12)
Lesson Five: Getting Started (November '12)
Lesson Six: Christmas (December '12)
Lesson Seven: Writing Reviews (February '13)
Lesson Eight: Punctuation (March '13)
Lesson Nine: Plot Flow (April '13)
Lesson Ten: Plotting a Story for Character Development (June '13)
Lesson Eleven: How to Write Romance (July '13)
Lesson Twelve: Dialogue (August '13)
Lesson Thirteen: Building a World From the Ground Up (September/October '13)
Lesson Fourteen: Creating Your Own Region (November '13)
Lesson Fifteen: Adapting the Games (December '13/January '14)
Lesson Sixteen: Exposition (February '14)
Lesson Seventeen: Description for World Building (March/April '14)
Lesson Eighteen: Writing History, Government and Culture (May '14)
Lesson Nineteen: Basics of Poetry (June '14)
Lesson Twenty: Researching (July/August '14)
Hello everyone, and welcome to the Writer’s Workshop Writing Academy!
The Writer’s Academy, as it is known for short, is a series of writing related lessons that will be posted once a month by different authors. These lessons will cover a different topic, such as character development or punctuation, and are designed to educate those who need the help. Also, all members of our community are welcome to discuss the content of the lesson and their own views on the subject, sharing ideas and asking questions that will further benefit your fellow writers.
It will essentially be a discussion-based class that will delve into the different areas of writing in hopes that all of our writers can learn a thing or two about areas in which they are not as strong as others. A new lesson will be posted every month. Each lesson will be its own thread in the Writer's Block, and will have the "Academy" prefix for easy identification. An index with links to each lesson thread will be held here for easy reviewing.
What sort of topics will be covered in the future?
Topics will vary, and suggestions can be made in the form of VM/PM to any of the mods if you have a subject that you feel needs special attention, or feel free to suggest it here. However, all topics will relate towards writing; if you look at past lessons, we have covered a range of topics such as exposition, world building and Pokemon-only topics like adapting the games. Some issues will be related solely to writing Pokemon stories but we aim to make things are broad as possible.
Each month, a new lesson will begin. A month may seem like a long time to spend on one topic, but remember the goal is to really improve ourselves as writers, and that kind of commitment cannot be completed overnight. The month will give everyone ample opportunity to focus on the lesson, have a good, long and meaningful discussion about it, and also will give everyone time to study what they've learned and hopefully implement it into their own writing.
How can I participate??
If you would like to contribute, it is all fairly simple. You simply need to message Legacy with your idea for a lesson (providing it is not one that has already been covered – look at the index above for suggestions) and provide a brief lesson plan, so as to what you will be discussing and how you will go about it. There is no required structure, but we do ask that you try and provide some examples of what you are discussing and perhaps try your best to find other learning tools that you find helpful and will therefore help others.
When it comes to discussing, there is no requirement that if you read it you have to post a comment, but it would be good for everyone if you have opinion that you share it with everyone. Remember, our collective goal is to help each other get better as writers. If you are particularly strong in the area being discussed, OFFER YOUR OPINION/EXPERTISE! If you feel you are not strong in that area, ASK QUESTIONS! Also, we encourage using examples from actual fics/books/articles/etc to support your points and opinions.
How cool would it be to really work hard together and not only help each other's fics become better quality, but also to help each other become better writers overall in real life! Better grades in school! Better grades on papers and real life writing assignments! Who knows? Someday a bunch of you might go on to become professional and famous authors! How cool would it be to look back at your time at the Workshop and remember all the camaraderie and friendship we have here?
Above all, the Writing Academy will be a golden opportunity for us to work together as a community of friends in order to help each other learn and improve: not only as fic authors but as writers in real everyday life!
Feel free to ask general questions about the Academy here. Any topical questions about specific lessons or areas of writing should go in the lesson/discussion threads as they occur.