ClassCrowd Control: Making Your Writing Irresistible to Readers
We're competing for readers’ attention with more sources of entertainment than ever before. If there was ever an obligation on the part of our audience to “give it time,” it’s certainly much less binding now than it once was. This doesn't mean that we have to compromise the quality of our writing or sell our souls to keep our readers, but it does mean that we need to get our hooks into our audience quickly and keep them enthralled. That’s what this course is all about.
Crowd Control is about how we employ different tools to make our writing irresistible. The class isn’t meant to tell you how to write. Rather, it’s meant to be a discussion about what works and what doesn’t in terms of structure, narration, and much more as it relates to writing that readers simply can’t put down. At the end of this eight-week class, students will have learned about different storytelling structures, the importance of making promises to readers, deciding on what information we unveil as well as how quickly we unveil it, and much more.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at email@example.com or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.