James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater County series

Midlands Technical College Courses Returning in the Fall!

Pleased today to announce that I’ll be returning to teaching his September in the MTC Continuing Ed program, this time with two classes.

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First, my familiar section that I jokingly call ‘learn to write good.’ It’s an intro to fiction writing concepts and techniques, and designed to be useful for either beginning writers, or those farther along who may wish to brush up on the basics.

Fiction Writing I  Clock Hours: 18.00  CEUS: 1.80
Short story writers and novelists will be introduced to techniques to improve skills. Explore the essential elements of fiction: compelling plots, characters, dialogue, voice, tone, style, pacing, and setting. An overview of the publishing industry will be addressed and how to submit polished manuscripts to industry professionals.

Course ID
and Fee
Meeting Information Instructor
09/03/2013 – 10/01/2013
T TH 07:00PM – 09:00PMBeltline CampusMaterials list
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James McCallister

And, an introduction to screenwriting—ready to write that script? I’ll show you how to get started with an overview of format, style, and structure. With one screenplay, THE PROGNOSTICATORS, under consideration for the 2013 Nicholl Fellowship, and a new script in the form of the DOGS OF PARSONS HOLLOW adaptation that’s under revision, I have a great deal of good screenplay energy in the air right now. Time to teach a class.

Basics of Screenwriting  Clock Hours: 12.00  CEUS: 1.20
Screenwriting basics include formatting, structure, dialogue, and character, referencing familiar citations and examples from classic and current cinema.

Course ID
and Fee
Meeting Information Instructor
10/09/2013 – 11/13/2013
W 07:00PM – 09:00PMBeltline CampusMaterials list
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James McCallister

Please considering signing up for these courses—I guarantee you’ll come away with new ideas and tools for realizing your inner literary or cinematic vision.


About dmac

James D. McCallister is a South Carolina author of novels, short stories, and creative nonfiction. His latest book, a story collection called The Year They Canceled Christmas, releases in November 2017.

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