Agile Writers of Chesterfield offers the new writer a welcoming framework to start their first (or subsequent!) novel. There are regular workshops, lessons, and discussion topics. If you have ever wanted to write a novel, then you want to join Agile Writers of Chesterfield.
Agile Writers is guided by the writings of
• Joseph Campbell (“The Hero With A Thousand Faces”)
• Christopher Vogler (“The Writer’s Journey”)
• Michael Hague (“Writing Screenplays That Sell”)
• Christopher Booker (“The Seven Basic Plots”)
• Allison & Goethals (“Heroes – What They Do & Why We Need Them”)
The author starts by selecting a theme and moral to their story. This creates the basis for telling a great story. The author must identify their target audience: Age, gender, ethnicity, income class, etc... The author then selects a definite genre: Science fiction, horror, fantasy, general fiction, etc...
The author will lay out their plot in an outline-like format (the Agile Storyboard) that adheres to a structure that has been repeated since antiquity. This storyboarding process causes the writer to think about their story ahead of time.
During a meeting we share our experiences using the process. The positives and changes are discussed. Then the group breaks into small teams of 3 people each.
We are committed to writing a commercial genre novel. We are focused on creating a work that appeals to a selected demographic and is presentable to that audience.
The Agile Storyboard
Our unique approach borrows a concept from film and animation - the Storyboard. The writer lays out their ideas and identifies five clear turning points in their story. Then, they divide each section into "chapters" and write a short paragraph about what happens in that chapter.
This process encourages the new writer to think about their story before they get started. The Agile Writer finds that editing the Storyboard is much easier than trying to edit the manuscript.
The Agile Writers Workshop
Attending the Agile Writers of Chesterfield meetings, the writer will share their Storyboard with other writers and edit it until they are satisfied with their story idea.
Once the writer has completed a viable Storyboard, they will be invited to attend the Agile Writers Workshop. During the 6-month workshop, the Agile Writer will expand their Storyboard into a full-length novel. The Agile Writer will receive critique on their work in bi-weekly meetings.