Three Power-Packed Days
Of Hands-On Learning and Writing Practice
Thursday to Saturday — October 16–18
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Each Clinic Is Limited
What People Are Saying About Frank’s Mentoring Clinics
- Best in-depth teaching on writing available. — Zane Causey
- The material we covered was so pertinent to helping me become better at understanding character development, conflict and its importance, and dialogue. The experiential exercises were key to internalizing the concepts presented. — Dan Cook
- The full package of learning, discussion, and review of writing samples is priceless. — Danny Puckett
- 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.
- Class practice sessions 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 double-spaced pages.
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