Three Power-Packed Days
Of Hands-On Learning and Writing Practice
Three Successive Weekdays
Thursday to Saturday — March 27–29
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
What People Are Saying About Frank’s Mentoring Clinics
- This has been different from any writing workshop I’ve attended, and in one day I’ve learned more than some entire weekend conferences. — Sarah Thompson
- I thought I knew my main character until I participated in Frank’s mentoring clinic. His tools and exercises enabled me know my main character at her very core—her deep longings and motives. — Teri Jones
- Frank is convincing me that I am much more creative than I ever thought I was. For most of my life, I have wanted to be a writer. He assures me I actually can be. — Richard Gammill
- Learn to take your story from average to excellent. — Jeanine Stewart
- Attending a Frank Ball class is like taking a college course. — Jan Brand
- I learned more at the mentoring clinic than all my other classes put together. — George Dalton
The Focus of Your Work
- Submit five double-spaced pages as a foundation for discussion. They can be the first pages from a short story or a novel.
- The techniques taught are applicable to both fiction and nonfiction storytelling.
- In-class practice will focus on characterization and plotting principles that are most effective for today’s audiences.
Due One Week Before the First Meeting Date
- Your five double-spaced pages, a SCOOP-IT-UP Worksheet, and a Character Chart on your main character.
- Mentoring Clinic Guidelines
- SCOOP IT UP Worksheet
- The Ultimate Gift Worksheet
- Character Chart
Required by the Time You Arrive at the Clinic
- Eagerness to learn and help other writers.
- A laptop computer and thumb drive, so you can write and share your work.
- Read submissions from all the students.
- Watch the movie The Ultimate Gift and complete the worksheet.
Available After the Clinic
- Online connection with other clinic members.
- Professional critique of five more double-spaced pages.
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