N. Frey Fiction Intensive
sponsored by the Heartland Writers Guild
"How to Write a Damn Good Novel"
June 8-13, 1999
Wildwood Springs Lodge,
Jim Frey can teach you How to Write A Damn Good Novel
At the end of an extensive mystery writing workshop recently, one of the
students paid Jim Frey the best compliment he could ever have received -- and
she didn't even know him. Five members of the mystery class were former
At the end of the workshop, the woman said, "It's obvious to me which
of you have studied with Jim Frey. You're all better writers than the
rest of us, and you're much more adept at knowing what's wrong with a script. I'm
signing up for Frey this summer."
That unnamed writer had the right idea.
(This event is over and is archived here for information purposes only.)
Enrollment is strictly limited to 20 writers who will be chosen by Mr. Frey
based on manuscript samples. The class is an intense, structured retreat
featuring writing instruction and assignments, as well as dramatic critiquing
of each writer's work.
The writers selected to participate will be invited to bring the first few
chapters of their works in progress for critique.
- Mornings - Writing Instruction
- Afternoons - Writing time for assignment work
- Evenings - Intensive critiques
Cost of the Fiction Intensive is $500 and includes Lodging and 3 meals
a day, beginning with Dinner Tuesday night and ending with Lunch Sunday.
Springs Lodge, Steelville, Missouri
Originally built as a luxury resort in the 1920s, the rustic Wildwood
Springs Lodge is picturesquely situated on a bluff overlooking the rolling
green valleys of the Ozarks, only 90 minutes from St. Louis off Interstate
44. Entering its expansive main lobby is like walking into another era.
Accommodations for the Jim Frey Fiction Intensive will consist of single-
or double-occupancy bedrooms/suites, shared showers, and shared or European-style
bathrooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also included in the cost
of the Intensive and will be served in the Lodge's magnificent dining room.
and a television are located in the lobby only. The lodge's amenities include
swimming pool, hot tub, hiking trails, horse shoes, ping pong, badminton and
a host of other recreational activities, but that is of no concern to you because
you're going to be too busy writing!
Returning to the Heartland in 1999
and writing instructor James N. Frey has a rare talent for being able to explain
to the beginner and professional alike how writing techniques work -- and why. Selected
Honored Teacher of the Year in 1994 for his novel writing classes at the University
of California, Berkeley, Extension, his students have published novels of virtually
every type -- young adult, romance, mystery, suspense, science fiction, fantasy,
historical and literary.
He also serves on the staff of the Squaw Valley Writer's Conference, and has
been a featured speaker at numerous writer's conferences, including a one day
workshop for Heartland Writers in 1997. His 5-day Fiction Intensive workshop
at Berkeley and at the Oregon Writers Colony draws writers from all over the
country, and we are fortunate indeed that Mr. Frey has consented to bring that
same extraordinary event to Missouri.
Frey's widely read How to Write a Damn Good Novel and its sequel, How
to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques, a Writer's
Digest Book Club Main Selection, both were published by St. Martin's
Press, and are two of the most often-used guides ever published for aspiring
authors. Says Donna Levin, author of Extraordinary Means, "James
N. Frey has the genius of a true teacher: a thorough knowledge of his subject,
combined with the ability to entertain while communicating that knowledge."
Enrollment is limited to 20 writers. Those selected to participate
are required to have read Frey's book How
to Write a Damn Good Novel. Reading How
to Write a Damn Good Novel II: Advanced Techniques is not required
but highly recommended for participants.