In this creative writing intensive, Certified Story Grid Editor, Agency Relations Assistant, and Slush Pile Survivor Teacher Abigail K. Perry instructs teens from ages 16-22 on how to write a fiction story that works.
Abigail’s creative writing course is designed to give such students the opportunity to harness their unique storytelling sparks in a trusting, productive, and fun environment that encourages creativity, inspiration, perseverance, joy, and a deep love of learning.
Spaced out in 10 Saturday sessions (with one follow up, online bonus opportunity), Abigail will teach applicants the foundation of storytelling essentials based on form—instead of forcing their unique ideas into a predictable and boring formula. From character building to spinal scenes to polished chapters, her classes challenge students with an experienced and fearless energy that encourages them to write a story to the end in a supportive and interactive community—and continue their writing journey long after.
Students will walk out with an outline of every major scene for a story of their own idea and at least five, polished chapters that play major roles in their plot’s main premise, or global story.
Abigail will also hold office hours on a separate day during the week so students can review concepts or written scenes they would like a little extra one-on-one time examining. For anyone who cannot make office hours, she is always happy to answer undying questions through email or videoconference.
If a student cannot attend a class or wants to refer back to a lesson, Abigail will record every class and share the recording online within one week and keep classes online until one month after the course finishes.
The cost of the course is $540.00 for those who sign up before July 13th. For those who sign up after, the cost of the course is $600.00.
For questions, please contact Abigail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, July 27th: Brainstorming High Stake Concepts, Loglines, Universal Stories, and Jacket Covers
Saturday, August 3rd: Protagonist, Antagonists, and Supporting Characters
Saturday, August 10th: The Story Grid’s Foolscap Outline / The 5 Commandments of Storytelling
Saturday, August 24th: The 15 Spinal Scenes / 1-Page Synopsis
Saturday, August 31st: Chapter-by-Chapter Outline / Themes
Saturday, September 7th: Sharing and Revising Outlines in Groups / Mastering Scenes
Saturday, September 21st: Writing Your Global Story’s Inciting Incident / Showing vs. Telling (Share through email)
Saturday, September 28th: Writing Your Global Story’s Turning Point / Dialogue (Share through email)
Saturday, October 5th: Writing Your Global Story’s Crisis / Setting and Description (Share online through email)
Saturday, October 12th: Writing Your Global Story’s Climax / Voice and Style (Share online through email)
ONLINE BONUS: Writing Your Global Story’s Resolution (ONLINE CLASS OR INDEPENDENT SUBMISSION shared through email or video conference)
- A computer (or notebook if you prefer hand-writing stories)
- A resilient, respectful, and dedicated attitude
- A desire to learn and write stories from your own imagination
- A comparable title for your story genre and idea (serves as your “author mentor”)
Optional but highly recommended
- A journal
- The Story Grid (recommended, free online)
- Super Structure (James Scott Bell)
- Revision & Self-Editing (James Scott Bell)
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Abigail K. Perry is a certified Story Grid Editor, the Agency Relations Assistant for P.S. Literary Agency, an editor and outliner for Relay Publishing, a monthly columnist for DIY MFA, a member of WFWA, and most notably, a teacher for writers serious about leveling up their writing craft.
She earned her B.S. in TV, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University (S.I. Newhouse School of Publications) and Master’s in Secondary Education from Endicott College. Abigail created and taught three creative writing and film courses at the high school level for several years, and she continues to teach writers with her email list Writer's Weekend Workshop and Slush Pile Survivor Podcast, Vlog, and Editing Services.
Believing there is no greater connection between people than stories, it is Abigail’s life aspiration to write, teach, represent, and sell stories that remind us of the importance to empathize with all civilization—and to cherish and share that unique spark that makes our stories special.
Although trained in multiple genres, Abigail specializes in stories that celebrate women with plots driven by the main character's emotional journey. Part of this focus and passion came from her experience working closely with VP Senior Literary Agent Carly Watters; Abigail reveres this experience as one of the most influential in her life and career--along with her time working with and being mentored by top editors, literary agents, educators, writers, and producers in the publishing and film industries.