Steve Shrott's Mystery Short Story Class was extremely helpful. His homework assignments were focused, took the lecture and offered an opportunity to practice. Found the information accessible, practical, not vague or esoteric. The posts from the other classmates and the suggestions made to them are part of the learning experience. I would recommend this class to anyone. Thank you, Steve.
First, I must admit that I did not get through the entire class. I tried, but this was the fastest course I've taken through Savvy Authors I've attempted. The course has six modules and three modules were released a week, which was just entirely too much (especially in early December during the Holiday season. Personally, I wish the course was longer. I would either stretch it out over three weeks (two modules per week) or just stretch it out over six weeks with only one course released per week. Honestly, between my day job, the holidays, and my existing writing schedule, I just ran out of time and only complete the activities for the first few modules before I was so far behind I just kind of quit the activities. I did read the lectures and plan to go back through them when I have time.
Second, I would recommend double checking links at the beginning of the course. I found a couple of dead links, which happens. That's always a problem when you're running any kind of course that uses links. I don't consider this anyone's fault, because link rot happens.
Third, as for the instructor, I think Steve did a really good job with the lectures and providing feedback. I would like to have seen video lectures over reading ones, but I know this isn't how SavvyAuthors does their short courses... yet. I would definitely not be hesitant to take a course from Steve.
Lastly, I gave the course a four star review primarily because of how fast the course was and the overwhelming feeling of getting behind to the point it was impossible to get caught up.
SavvyAuthors has a lot of wonderful instructors, but Steve Shortt is on my top five list for sure. I always learn a ton from his lectures and insights. He's particularly strong with timely, personalized feedback. I hope he'll continue teaching with SavvyAuthors for many years!!
Steve Shrott takes the craft of writing to another level. I've taken many courses on writing, but his extra insights and additional twists on the regular information about story structure make this class exceptional. I can now add realistic ways to improve my storylines and cohesive arcs from beginning to end. His focus on the Middle of the story as a pivotal key to propelling the storyline forward (as a contrast to many who suggest the middle is filler and often sags) strengthened my understanding of the various aspects of storytelling. This class has reinvigorated my hunger to tell a story and make it sizzle and sing.
Another excellent class from Steve Shrott. Using case studies to illustrate how various authors hooked the reader initially and kept his/her interest throughout was very helpful as were all the other examples from various genres. Steve's wonderful sense of humor made the learning process fun. And his feedback on assignments was invaluable. I recommend this class to anyone writing a novel. The information provided is helpful for writing short stories as well!
I've taken four other classes with Steve Shrott, so I was wondering what more he could teach me. The answer is: A LOT! The focus of this class was different, but in addition to that, Steve personalizes his responses to your assignments and you learn as much from that as you do the lessons. It isn't a "canned" response to the lesson plan. I highly suggest you take any of his classes, and when you do, that you participate and complete the assignments. You'll learn tons!
Another great class taught by Steve Shrott! This is the fourth class of Steve's that I've taken, and I've signed up for his upcoming SciFi class as well. The lectures are substantive and the writing exercises are a terrific way to explore a genre you've never considered or improve your writing in a genre you want to master. Plus, the feedback is exemplary -- quite detailed and spot on.
Steve’s Horror class was packed with excellent information. I found him to be not only a fantastic instructor, but incredibly motivating, as well. He provides a truly impactful experience that I found to be rare with some of these classes. Personally, have only truly encountered, in a few. Steve takes actual time to provide guidance, and meticulous feedback on assignments. His class is not akin to a blog post or video you can find online, for free. It is not a class you receive rushed, or incomplete answers in feedback. Nor given a simple like, or emoji. Nor are you ever ignored. Quite the opposite. He is very thorough. He takes evident time in reviewing each, and every assignment posted. Any, and all questions that follow. Because of his considerate effort you become aware of your strengths, and weaknesses. You are enabled to learn from classmates through the attentive feedback he provides, them. The class experience is truly elevated. You come out knowing what you excel at, and what you need to improve upon. It makes a world of a difference. One, I honestly recommend along with a select few…that made a world of a difference for me. Truth is, I only ever give reviews when I feel it is deserved. I adored this class, and the instructor.
I loved this class on Horror short stories. It was just long enough to be interesting and short enough to be fun. Steve packed it full of great information and kept things light. His feedback was exceptional and helped make my ideas even better.
Highly recommend Steven Shrott's adding humor class. The class gave a good deal of information while at the same time not having an overwhelming pace. The feedback on the homework assignments was thorough and useful. And the homework was fun to do!
You can't go wrong with a Steve Shrott class. His lectures are in-depth and well-organized. He also provides authentic feedback that you can use to make your writing better. I'll be using my notes & practice assignments for years to come!
I highly recommend Steve Shrott's classes. The lessons are thoughtful and informative and presented in a clear, easy to follow manner. The examples he includes -- and there are a lot -- are very helpful. Steve goes above and beyond in providing extensive feedback to everyone. He is encouraging and raised my confidence in my writing abilities. And everything he does, he does it with humor!
Fantastic class! Steve's homework had me discover issues of the story I was unaware of. His questions had me thinking of the antagonist and expanding their background from a simple cardboard type to a complex villain with motives.
Thank you Very much, Steve.