A lot of good information to unpack and chew on. Probably will take me a while and then I won't be able to ask questions.
I do agree with another student that it would have been helpful if we knew ahead of time to have loglines ready to post. With all the issues just getting into the class (Saturday lockout), I never got to post. :-(
In the future, I think it would be very helpful to advise the people taking this class to have a working logline prepared. To get the most out of the class- having one and the time to work on further developing it is key. It is advertised as a short/intensive class and if it falls during a busy time in your life-- you might not be able to participate and will miss out on personalized help from Ms. Drake.
Perhaps a course description that is more in-depth regarding what tools you need (logline) and the time involved- you need free time to follow the class on those assigned days.
This information was very useful so between it and other classes I hope to get an agent for the book I've started. I self publish now and am hoping for traditional with another series that I pitched to an editor and was accepted.
I have been struggling with my query letter for months. Laura helped me get it ready to go out in just days. I highly recommend her class if you want one on one help with your query. I will be recommending this to all my writer friends.
This has been the most helpful Savvy class I've taken, and I've taken LOTS of them. Even as the class started I was still struggling as to which opening to use but Laura guided me by asking questions a reader might have so that I could make things clearer without an info dump. I'm really excited about taking what I've learned as I re-write chapter two and beyond. Thank you Laura!
I was quite disappointed in this class.
I didn't feel we were given what was promised which was feedback regarding our pages from a group. I did not expect the instructor to take it upon herself to edit my work, her comments felt nitpicky and she completely ignored the last two pages.
There was barely any feedback from other participants. There were maybe three people in the class? Maybe it should have been canceled, due to low registration, since I assumed that was part of the deal, hearing other people's opinions.
I didn't feel that this course was worth the time or money.
The instructor feedback, class notes/lessons were of tremendous craft reference value to improve one's writing and revising. I gained a tremendous amount of information, even attained a higher level of writing sophistication thanks to attending this class. Impressive instructor, excellent, useful class.
This was the first class I have been able to participate in and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The feedback from Laura as well as the group was extremely helpful to me and i look forward to being able to attend another one soon!
I loved Laura Drake's class! I'm still a newbie and still uncomfortable with putting my "stuff" out there. But Laura made me feel welcome and relaxed. Her editing suggestions to my first pages were always precise and spot on. She refreshed my memory with some basics I had forgotten. Any time she had a criticism/suggestion, she delivered it with kindness, wit and much patience when I couldn't seem to grasp what she wanted out of me. The class had a great group of students. Laura had a strict requirement that we all help critique each others' material. Everyone blended well because of Laura's guidance. I'm looking forward to her next class. Thanks, Laura!!