Brick Cave Masters Series 2020: 4 Session Registration


Please join Brick Cave Authors Sharon Skinner and Bruce Davis as they present on a series of writing intensives designed to help you hone your craft and improve your work. Developed for writers serious about elevating their craft, these interactive sessions are designed to provide valuable writing tools and immediately applicable information.

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Mesa Chamber of Commerce
165 N Centennial Way, Suite 208
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States


Class #1: Making It Real – Bruce Davis
Thursday, February 6th 6:30pm-9:00p
$40 class alone/ $31.25 if taken as a set
Whether it’s getting the medical details right, understanding how cavalry really works, or getting police and military procedures correct, the writer needs to know enough basics to give the reader accurate information without going overboard. How much detail and where the heck can you learn this stuff?

Class #2: Baptism Under Fire: How the Character and Plot Work Together to Forge a Satisfying Ending – Sharon Skinner
Thursday, February 20th 6:30pm-9:00pm
$40 class alone/ $31.25 if taken as a set
The ideal novel combines both a strong plot and genuine characters readers will connect with, but it is often difficult to find the ideal ending. This creative writing workshop will provide techniques for developing strong characters, the thematic meaning in the characters’ experiences, and discovering how character development and plot points work together drive the story to a satisfying conclusion.

Class #3: Mixing It Up – Bruce Davis
Thursday, March 5th 6:30pm-9:00pm
$40 class alone/ $31.25 if taken as a set
Crossing traditional genres to make your own unique story. What are genres? Why are they ‘a thing’? How can you mix and match in order to escape the tropes of the genre you want to write for?

Class #4: Demystifying “Show, Don’t Tell”: Tools to Transform Showing to Telling (and When Not To) – Sharon Skinner
Thursday, March 19th 6:30pm-9:00pm
$40 class alone/ $31.25 if taken as a set
“Show, Don’t Tell” is an oft-repeated mantra in writing. We hear it over and over, but what we are really trying to get at is using imagery to evoke emotional engagement and to allow the reader to experience the story through descriptive words and phrases. Yet, overusing description and imagery and showing too much detail can tax the reader’s patience. This workshop will explore various methods and tools for Showing while putting Telling into its proper place and includes a series of hands-on exercises that will provide key ways to strengthen your writing and bring your stories and characters to life.


Sharon Skinner holds a B.A. In English, an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Poetic License. She has worked as a landscaper, a cashier, a maid, a waitress, a communications specialist, a videographer, a technical writer, a project management consultant and a biomedical field service engineer and served aboard the USS Jason as one of the first women assigned to a US Navy ship.
Her poetry and fiction have been published in myriad local, national and international publications. Sharon is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ.

Bruce Davis finished medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago way back in the 1970’s and did his surgical residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. After 14 years on active duty that included overseas duty with the Seabees, time on large grey boats and a tour with the Marines during the First Gulf War, he went into private practice near Phoenix. He is part of that dying breed of dinosaurs, the solo general surgeon. He also is a writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. His independently published works include the YA novel Queen Mab Courtesy and his military science fiction novel That Which Is Human. His nonfiction memoir, Dancing in the Operating Room, is a glimpse into the life and training of a Trauma Surgeon.