In considering whether working with me will be helpful to you, I’d suggest you focus on where you’ll end up after working with me:
You’ll know how to use my powerful techniques for developing both your plot and your characters. A book in which both plot and characters engage the reader is a surefire Winner!
You’ll know how to reveal the plot and characters through gripping, memorable Scenes.
By employing the Five Ingredients of the Scene, you’ll know how to transport your readers into the times and places of your stories.
And importantly, you’ll become adept at having fun while writing, and, even more importantly, when you’re just thinking about your book! That’s writer's nirvana!
What’s The Best Program For You?
The most comprehensive, in-depth programs are my Ten Hour One-on-One Program and my Mentoring Program. Both provide hands-on experience with all aspects of Emily’s Foundation.
My Writing Retreat for Women combines vacation with writing, while we focus on dealing with the Blank Page. You’ll experience the What If and Open the Door techniques in great depth because the Circle of Woman Writers, collaborating for an entire week, offers a unique environment in which to master them. The Retreat is a powerful place for experienced writers who want to enhance their creativity. But it’s also an ideal introduction to fiction writing for new writers, provided they follow up their Retreat work with the Ten Hour One-on-One Program, which gives them the nitty-gritty support to start their first novel or memoir.
My Group Classes provide the specific benefit of having other, knowledgeable students add their insights to my own in critiquing your work. And they offer you the ability, by your critiquing of their work, to learn how to analyze your own work as you progress through your story.
Most of my students begin with my Ten Hour One-on-One Program, which is designed to provide all the technique and hands-on experience you need to write your first book (if you’re a new writer) or to write a better book (if you’re an experienced writer). In either case, here’s where you’ll end up:
Once you embrace scenes as the locomotive that pulls your characters and plot forward, and once you’re confident in using my five scene-building ingredients, the process of writing your book becomes a one-day-at-a-time endeavor. Put in the time, and your book will move from concept to completion, one day at a time. It becomes so much fun!
But scenes are not nearly enough. You absolutely must have characters and plot. These are never easy. So my two proprietary techniques that focus on these – What If ?, for Plot; and Open the Door, for Characters – are gifts that ensure you’ll never be wanting for either! Plot, Character and Scenes… and you’ll complete your book!
This is where you’ll end up – familiar with techniques that enable you to write your story or complete a book, and hands-on experience with those techniques. All this is what you’ll learn in my Ten-Hour One-on-One Program. As we help your characters and plot reveal themselves, one scene after another, you’ll become more and more confident in your use of Emily’s Foundation. That’s my guarantee to you, for my Ten-Hour Program!
“Completion”, however, is just a first draft. I say “just”, but “just” the first draft is 95% of the process. Once your first draft is complete, you’ll find so many ways to improve it, one scene at a time, until you know “that’s it!”
At this point, when you’ve truly finished, you’ll feel both elated and sad… sad that you’ll be saying goodbye to these wonderful characters, and starting afresh on your next book! Or maybe some of them will demand to follow you into your next book. Who knows? Go with the flow! There’s more that I promise you -- that you’ll experience the excitement and joy of creating a living book, with its characters and plot and scenes unfolding in your mind each and every day. Enough of the Real World. The story you’re writing is so much more fun!
If you think you and your book would benefit from working with me, please call me at 914-962-4432 between 9:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time.