Local author to teach writing course

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:53

    WAYNE — E. F. Watkins of Wanaque will offer her four-session course, "Start That Novel!" again this fall through the Wayne Adult School. The classes will run Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Wayne Hills High School, 272 Berdan Ave., Wayne, NJ. The course is recommended for the person who has an idea for a novel but has had trouble getting started. Geared toward popular fiction, it will deal with genre, point of view, tone, theme, character development, plot, and effective beginnings and endings. It also will touch on how to approach agents and publishers. Students will be asked to complete three short writing assignments, including the first few pages of their books. Watkins taught a two-session seminar for the Wayne Adult School in Fall 2004, called "Plan That Novel!" This course covers some of the same material, but in greater depth. Students who took "Plan That Novel!" can gain further insights from "Start That Novel!" but the 2004 seminar is not a requirement for the spring course. Registration information can be obtained from The Wayne Adult School, 1006 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ, 07470, 973-633-3124. Watkins has just published her fourth novel, the supernatural thriller "Paragon," through Amber Quill Press (www.amberquill.com). Her first book, the supernatural thriller "Dance With The Dragon," received a 2004 EPPIE Award from the national organization EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection). She published two books through Amber Quill Press in 2004—the mystery "Ride A Dancing Horse" and the thriller "Black Flowers." F. Paul Wilson, best-selling author of "The Keep" and "The Select," has said "E.F. Watkins is a writer to watch!" Roundtable Reviews has stated, "Ms. Watkins manages to combine the supernatural with everyday issues, to create a world that is horrifyingly like our own." Her books can be found at www.amberquill.com and www.amazon.com.