Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Editor Sascha Illyvich teaching How to write Male POV and create better heroes

Hey Folks,

I'll be teaching Male POV for Writers and Creating Better Heroes August 15th-28th online. The outline follows:

In this workshop, we’ll break down the eight archetypes a little, give a bit of background on the male mindset and psychology behind it and delved deeper into the wonderful yet confusing male mind. We’ll explore how his issues affect your plot, why what those issues are is important and how we make him come across. We’ll discuss cross gender writing and author bias, tearing bias down so we can give you new insight into the male mind.

Having already hosted this workshop several times, I have had success with it but looking back on doing it a third time for Collette’s group, I wanted to add more depth, cover more information and add more value to your writing. Due to the increase in romance novels being published AND the increase in m/m romances, I’ve added two new sections to the workshop that will be more beneficial to all authors.

“What Men Really Care about” and “The Gay Male Lifestyle” will explore this POV deeper in hopes that I can assist you in writing more convincing gay males. I’ll cover my bias about the stories I’ve read so far later but just know we have more content for you 

What you’ll learn from this class
• Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
• How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
• How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
• How to get your man to express his true “self”
• What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
• A man’s self view*
• The GAY MALE Viewpoint*
• The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
• A man’s journey in life
• What men really think

Using character creations sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters. Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them.

Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite gender clearly and accurately. With the growing popularity of M/M romances, it’s becoming increasingly important for males to be portrayed in the proper light! We’ll cover all that here and a lot more!

What People are saying about Sascha Illyvich’s Male POV Class:

“Thank you so much to our workshop presenter, Sascha Illyvich, for the
wonderful insight into writing male characters! We have lots of great
information to consider for our heroes now :-) ” – Karla from Hearts through History RWA Chapter

“Thank you Sascha for a most informative class” Joan Maze, Erotic Romance Author

“Thanks for the POV class, and I’ll definitely be here for the undies class.
:) ” Jacquie Rogers- Erotic Romance Author

“The information you provided as well as what the other class
members said was really helpful. I’m sure both my hero and my villain
will be improved by what I learned even though I was unable to do the
exercises except for the first one.” – Carol Jo, Erotic Romance Author

“This has been a very informative, excellently crafted and helpful class” – Barbara Karmazin, Erotic Romance Author

“Sascha, thank you so much for this class. After taking this class, I
realized that I know my male characters better than I thought but now
I can keep them consistent and on task to reach their ultimate goal.

Thank you so much for your help. I can’t believe the week went by
sooo fast!” Laura Major, SableLitReviews.com

To sign up go to Orange County RWA Website

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