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  1. CassandraCarr

    Craft I Can't Get Started - Learning how to open a novel and plot the first chapter with Cassandra Carr

    Have you ever heard a writer talk about starting her book in the wrong place? What on earth are they talking about? How do you know you're starting in the right place? This workshop will help you figure out how and when you should begin your story. Many writers, particularly in the beginning...
  2. terrimain

    Craft Novel Writing 101: Worldbuilding with Terri Main

    It's a term often used in science fiction, but every writer even those writing Amish romances create a world in which their readers live, work, play, fall in love, fall out of love, and do all sorts of marvelous things. This course explores those elements of world building common to all types of...
  3. LC Hayden

    Pacing-Tension How to Keep the Readers Turning the Pages with L.C. Hayden

    Have you ever started reading a book that you just couldn't put down? Learn the secrets that keep your reader from putting down your book. LC. will show you how to incorporate the page turning elements into your manuscript, including: Element of time, Cliffhangers, Mood and atmosphere, Use...
  4. CassandraCarr

    Plot-Structure Is Your Dark Moment Gray? How to make it black & keep your readers interested w/ Cassandra Carr

    Have you ever read a romance and reach the traditional 60-80% complete section and think, "That's it? That's what's going to keep these main characters apart?" I think we all have. The central theme in romance is, of course, love and reaching the Happy Ever After or Happy For Now. But the...
  5. Angela Knight

    Research Hearts and Handcuffs: Writing believable police heroes with Angela Knight & cop Lt. Michael Woodcock

    Readers love cops, but writing believable police and sheriff’s officers can be difficult if you don’t know the procedures cops use to defend themselves and investigate crimes. In this workshop, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and her husband Michael Woodcock, a veteran officer...
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    Writing Life Mentoring and Coaching with Editorial Director and Author June Diehl

    Are you seeking a coach and mentor who listens? Doesn't squash your writing style? And who provides positive, constructive feedback to meet your goals? As a certified coach with a background in education and over a decade of working with writers, my goal is to offer you an individualized...
  7. Beth Daniels

    Writing Life Inadvertent Mentors with Beth Daniels

    Do you sometimes feel like banging your head against the wall or desk top (not the keyboard, we don’t want to hurt that!) in frustration because you’ve either received yet another rejection note or don’t know what your story is missing or where it’s going before you reach that stage? Well...
  8. Peter Andrews

    Character Mastering Character Arcs with Peter Andrews

    One reason we come to fiction is to experience the changes characters go through. And, while the external journey from maid to princess or farmer to Jedi knight may create engaging challenges, we identify with characters because they learn how to trust others or master their tempers or become...
  9. Dawn_McClure

    Find Your Crew

    ***FREE to all registered users. This group is what you make of it - it's a safe space for writers to meet and greet. Register to access the discussion. Once registered click on the Classroom Discussions tab.*** Welcome to Find Your Crew, where the mission is to bring like-minded...
  10. Amy L Bernstein

    Character Revealing Character Through Dialogue: Secrets, Lies, and Innermost Thoughts with Amy L. Bernstein

    You’ve plotted your novel, mapped your main character’s “arc” of change, and set your story in motion. Now for the hardest part of all: Figuring out what all these people should say to one another—and to themselves. The writer and poet Elizabeth Bowen once said, “Dialogue is what characters do...
  11. Sunny Irene Roth

    Genre How to Write a Romance Novel with Irene Roth

    Do you read romance novels? Do you find a real affinity in the story lines? Do you find that cozy romances provide a wonderful escape for you, even when you life seems a bit in tatters? Do you love Hallmark movies? If you answered any of the above questions in the affirmative, you have come to...
  12. Amdenisch

    Plot-Structure From Premise to Plot with Anna Denisch

    A class designed to take the idea and opening scenes of a story and turn it into a full-fledged finished product. Using a method involving character needs and oppositions, writers will learn to churn out a list of ideas, create detailed scenes from those ideas, and figure out the best ending...
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    Character Tarot for Writers with June Diehl

    The Tarot deck is another useful tool for writers that can be used in a multitude of ways from story idea generation to character creation to evolving story events (plotting). Writers do not necessarily need to know the meanings of the cards to use them for storytelling. You do not need to...
  14. Catherine Chant

    Craft Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers with Catherine Chant

    “Outline” is a scary word for most pantsers. It sounds restrictive, it sounds tedious, it sounds boring. So, there will be no “outlines” here. Nope. None. Instead, you’re going to build yourself a “framework” for your story that’s open and flexible, with plenty of room for playing...
  15. CassandraCarr

    Character Creating the Romantic Couple with Cassandra Carr

    Have you ever read a romance novel and thought, "I really liked the book, but..." Something about the characterization of the hero or heroine left you cold? Didn't make sense? Wasn't fleshed out enough? This course will walk you through the process of creating memorable characters, including...
  16. Kris

    Character Remarkable Characters with Kris Kennedy

    Forget making your characters 'sympathetic.' Make them remarkable. How many times have we heard the advice: "Make your character 'sympathetic.'" Or scarier yet, 'relatable.' But maybe that’s not what you need... When you start focusing on making your heroes and heroines sympathetic...
  17. KatieMcCoach

    Craft Write a Good Manuscript for F's Sake with Katie McCoach

    After eight years of developmental editing manuscript after manuscript, helping authors grow their stories and reach their potential, book editor Katie McCoach has discovered the 4 key elements that make up a compelling character narrative. Many of us have heard of Deb Dixon’s GMC (Goal...
  18. ineswrites

    Craft Tools Scrivener Scene by Scene with Ines Johnson

    This course will focus on the basic building blocks of every story; the scene. It’s a course that works bests for plotters, writers who outline their story, and pantsers, writers who have a mental hold on the scope of their story but perhaps not a detailed outline. Writers will learn how to set...
  19. JacquelinCangro

    Editing Be Your Own Developmental Editor with Jackie Cangro

    Be Your Own Developmental Editor will provide the tools and techniques to help you see your manuscript the way an editor or agent might see it. We’ll ask the tough questions to guide you in making your manuscript the best it can be. You’ll use these tools to assess your story’s strengths and...
  20. RJ Garside

    General Writing Craft Writing the Breakout Novel

    Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout...