Pennwriters Inc. Brings You… CAUSE & EFFECT SEQUENCES

CAUSE & EFFECT SEQUENCES with Catherine E. McLean: Online Course
INSTRUCTOR: Catherine E. McLean
DATE: February 1 – March 9, 2012

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Interesting stories that grab a reader’s attention and keep them turning pages don’t happen by accident. They employ the techniques and devices of Cause & Effect Sequences. This intensive course will teach you how to use Cause & Effect Sequences to:

  • add or enhance urgency, suspense, and drama to scenes and plots
  • enhance the flow of the story
  • validate motivations for character’s behavior, thinking, reactions, and decisions
  • seamlessly enter or depart flashbacks or remembrances
  • insure the reader can suspend disbelief
  • produce cleaner, more marketable copy by recognizing “red flag” words that often indicate skewed cause-effects

SPECIAL NOTE: Participants are to submit the first 500 words from the opening of one of their stories. Excerpts will be privately critiqued by the instructor for use of Cause & Effect Sequences, however, with permission, some may be used as examples for the group. There will be weekly assignments that need to be turned in.

NOTE: This course is not for beginners but intermediate writers who are very familiar with story structure, writing and story terms, and who have completed and have been marketing short stories or a novels.

FREE with this course: “Bloopers & Blunders”–a list of 46 common mistakes made writing fiction.

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Discover how to transform your story into an attention getting page-turner, and receive a critique of the first 500 words of your story.

$79 ($89 non-Pennwriters members)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Catherine McLean is a published author and longtime Pennwriters member who has given more than 30 workshops and has had two dozen articles published on the devices and techniques of writing fiction. For more information, visit her Web site at

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