Long Story Short
School of Writing
'The tribute to learning is teaching.'

Turning Ideas into Fiction
Instructor: Roseanne Dowell

"These wwer the most productive consecutive four weeks I've spent in my writing life. I felt like a real writer cranking out a new story each week. Roseanne leaves no room for the being block excuse. She provides a wealth of wonderful thought-provoking suggestions on where we could find ideas in ordinary everyday life followed by great examples of how to apply these ideas in a variety of genres. Every week I looked forward to learning more from her lessons, practicing what I learned by doing her fun assignments, and most of all I looked forward to her revealing critiques. I've learned so much from this valuable mentor. I dreaded seeing our time together come to an end. This class was totally satisfying and worth the money and time I spent on it."

WHAT IF YOUR FRIEND got stuck on the roof? Would his experience make a good story? How about kooky events, scary dreams? Ever hear a portion of conversation and wonder what it was all about? There are many places and ways to come up with ideas for good stories.  Follow Roseanne Dowell and she’ll lead you to a land of make believe so real, you’ll think it happened to you.  

From Uncle Joe getting stuck on the roof, to newspaper articles and even the classified ads, TURNING IDEAS INTO FICTION is the perfect course for those of you wondering where authors get their ideas.

Our instructor, Roseanne Dowell, will show you where to find these ideas and how to turn them into enjoyable reading!  She’s worked out a course schedule that will have you writing the kind of story you always dreamed about.

Each session with Roseanne will have text to read and examples as well as writing assignments.  Although the text and assignments will be posted on the web board, Roseanne will work with students one-on-one through email.

Session 1 – How Much Fact to Put into Fiction? -  Objective – You’ll learn how to turn a family tale about Uncle Joe getting stuck on the roof into a good story.

Description: Roseanne will show you how to add a real life event into a good fictional story.  Roseanne will give you a real life event and you’ll write your own fictional account from that example.

Session 2 - Resources for ideas. –  Objective - Finding ideas from everyday sights and sounds.

Description:  From grocery stores to sitting in traffic, ideas are everywhere. Roseanne will show you some good ways to utilize your time.   You’ll write your own fictional account using one of Roseanne’s examples.

Session 3 – Creating characters from our resources - Objective - Learning to create characters from places, newspapers and other resources.

Description:  Learn to create interesting characters from our ideas.  You’ll write a story creating characters from your ideas

Session 4 -  Learning to Lie - Putting It All Together – Objective – Turning an idea into a story.

Description: Now that you know where to find the ideas, you’ll write a short story using your own ideas.


Start Date: Ongoing, restarts every two weeks
Duration 4 weeks.
Limit  10 students 
Class Materials  Instructor will provide. 
Tuition:  $65
Individual Tutoring Available - $35
Contact Roseanne.
ROSEANNE DOWELL: As the second youngest of six children, Roseanne always had a vivid imagination and loved to make up stories. She often sat and daydreamed about  imaginary characters and lost herself in books and make-believe worlds.

Roseanne especially loves reading and writing mystery and romance – mysteries combined with romance are her all time favorites. Her favorite authors are Mary Higgins Clark and Nora Roberts.

Her love of writing began as a teenager, but it wasn’t until recent years that she pursued it seriously, when she admitted in a discussion at her book club that she always regretted not writing. With encouragement from fellow book-club members, NEORWA and her husband, Roseanne began writing and submitting her work.

Although Satin Sheets is her first published novel, she has over forty articles and stories published in magazines such as Good Old Days, Nostalgia, and Ohio Writer along with several online publications.  Satin Sheets was nominated for the IPPY Award and was a finalist in the Reader’s Choice Award from Author Island.

Besides teaching three writing courses for Long Story School of Writing, Roseanne teaches a writing course at Cuyahoga Community College. She was the Senior Editor of an online magazine wrote two columns.

In her spare time, Roseanne enjoys spending time with her six children and thirteen grandchildren.  Her hobbies include ceramics, knitting, quilting, and jewelry making. But her first love is writing. Roseanne resides with her husband of forty-five years in Northeast Ohio.  You can visit Roseanne’s website at: http://www.roseannedowell.com

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