Instructor: Sascha Illyvich
Dates: July 9th -20th
In this workshop, we’ll break down the eight male archetypes, give a bit of background on the male mindset and psychology behind it, and delve deeper into the wonderful yet confusing male mind.
We’ll explore how your hero’s issues affect your plot, why what those issues are is important, and how we make them come across. We’ll discuss cross gender writing and author bias, tearing bias down if necessary, so we can give you new insight into the male mind.
Hosting this workshop several times has allowed the instructor to customize the depth of focus to include the gay male mindset, among other things relevant to creating the male hero in romance. "What do Men really care about?" is an ever expanding section, detailing the important factors in the lives of successful men. Without the picture of perfection, we'd struggle to get our hero to understand the change/growth difference, and how it applies to his life through the heroine, as a device for both.
One thing we'll also cover has to do with the instructor’s editorial bias in gay romance, and why knowing your market is utterly important.
What you’ll learn from this class
• Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
• How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
• How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
• How to get your man to express his true “self”
• What men REALLY care about, and how to work with that for your characters
• A man’s self view
• The GAY MALE viewpoint
• The male cycle of emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
• A man’s journey in life
• What men really think
A few extras
Using character creation sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters. Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them.
Sascha Illyvich, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Gentleman Playboy of Romance, started writing eighteen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.
Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker, and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing. He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts.
Sascha writes for City Lights Publishing, Red Sage, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound, and Decadent Publishing.
Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com