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  1. TereMichaels

    Craft Making a Good First Impression: The First Five Chapters with Tere Michaels

    Your opening chapters are a book’s first date with a reader! They’re going to make decisions on if this is the right match for them based on their first impressions. So how do we write engaging, enticing, informative first chapters that set up your story, your characters and keep readers...
  2. Deborah Bailey

    Craft Deep POV with Deb Bailey

    You can get up close and personal with your characters by using deep third person POV. Deep POV can be used to create your character's voice and creates a connection with the reader. How to determine your character's "voice" What Deep POV is compared to other third person POVs Tips and...
  3. Kate McMurray

    Craft So You Want to Plan a Novel with Kate McMurray

    Writing a good first draft in less time is not so much a matter of typing faster but rather of using your time more efficiently. If you know where you’re going before you start your journey, you’ll get there faster. This means two things. First, plan the story in advance. This doesn’t...
  4. Lucy V Hay

    Plot-Structure How Not To Lose The Plot with Lucy V Hay

    The aim of 'How Not To Lose The Plot' is to help demystify plotting and lay out the process in a straightforward, step-by-step way. This course is for writers who hate outlining or find structure/plotting difficult in general, or perhaps are attempting a novel for the first time. Some more...
  5. Sunny Irene Roth

    Writing Life How to Hold a Full-Time Job & Still Find Time to Write with Irene Roth

    Do you work full-time and are having trouble finding time, energy and motivation to write? Do you wish you could be a successful writer AND work full-time? Are you frustrated because you are not getting the results that you so richly deserve? If you answered the above questions in the...
  6. ineswrites

    Plot-Structure Plot Gardening with Ines Johnson

    This course introduces writers to a number of master plots from The Hero’s Journey, to The Save the Cat Method, the Romance Beats, and many more. The aim of this course is for writers to “date” plotting methods until they find the one that works best for them. Writers will even be encouraged to...
  7. Brenda Chin

    Craft Build A Book with Brenda Chin

    A six-week course outlining step-by-step instructions on crafting a work of fiction. Students of this course will receive feedback after Week 1, and after Week 6, as well as receiving a 20% discount on Brenda Chin’s freelance editing services, if they choose to take their work further...
  8. LC Hayden

    Craft Avoiding the Pitfalls of Writing with L.C. Hayden

    Award winning and bestselling author, L. C. Hayden will discuss the various writing pitfalls that stand in the way of becoming a successful writer. Not only will she point them out, she will show you ways to avoid them. Some of the pitfalls she will discuss center around character development...
  9. terrimain

    Editing Post-Nano Editing. Macro Editing with Terri Main

    There’s an old Zen proverb that reads, “After Enlightenment comes the Laundry.” Perhaps you feel like that after NanoWrimo. After the rush of writing a novel in a month the adrenaline is still pumping and then you read what you wrote. You’ve been to the mountain top, you looked out over the...
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    Character Making Deep POV Work for You with Margaret Bates

    Do you want to write deep point of view successfully but don't know where to start? Do you feel overwhelmed with giving each focal character's internal voice and perspective seem unique to them? If you are looking to deepen character perspective using techniques from writing and from psychology...
  11. pjune-yahoo.com

    Pacing-Tension Story Conflict – Not What You Think with June Diehl

    Might it be possible you’re looking at the conflict in your stories the wrong way? Maybe you do have a good understanding of how story conflict works but would like to incorporate it more deeply in your characters and story. This workshop will walk you through what story conflict means and how...
  12. Becky Martinez

    Character Making Your Characters Real with Becky Martinez

    Great characters are the foundation of any good story. Learn how to bring your characters to life with one of the co-authors of two books on creating memorable characters. Find out how you can come up with heroes and heroines who go from cardboard figures to believable people. Make them come...
  13. TereMichaels

    Character The Emotional Arc with Tere Michaels

    An emotional arc is the journey that a character’s emotional state of mind undertakes during a scene. A typical emotional arc has a beginning in which the character is feeling a certain way, an end in which their emotional state of mind has undergone a change, and a turning point that triggers...
  14. terrimain

    Character Creating Characters From the Inside Out with Terri Main

    We tend to think about fictional characters as something outside of ourselves. We see them as something like statues we are carving or portraits we are painting. But that leads to creating characters readers have trouble relating to. When I was studying for my master's degree in psychology, I...
  15. Sunny Irene Roth

    Plot-Structure Write the Perfect Short Story with Irene Roth

    Did you ever want to write a short story but never knew where to start? Do you love stories and tell yourself stories from time to time? Do you think in terms of stories? Do you love reading short stories in the Chicken Soup Series? If you answered any of these questions in the affirmative...
  16. Deborah Bailey

    World-Setting Fairy Tale Retellings with Deb Bailey

    Fairy tale retellings are very popular for a reason. They use tropes and characters that we're familiar with. For instance, the Cinderella story is a common one across cultures and centuries. Learn how to use these familiar and beloved characters in stories and give them a different twist. 1...
  17. Beth Daniels

    World-Setting CGI Your Story with Beth Daniels

    CGI Your Story: Use The Visuals Of The Movie World To Inspire Your Story, Be It Fantasy Or A Non-magic Using Tale Presenter: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell Do your eyes grow large, your mouth hang open in awe when you sit in a movie theatre or stream a movie at home...
  18. LC Hayden

    Genre How to Craft a Mystery/Thriller with L.C. Hayden

    The book world offers its readers a variety of mysteries. Some are good, some not so good, and some are excellent. What makes the difference? It all begins with its foundation: learning how to craft a successful mystery. An award winning mystery/thriller author will show you how a successful...
  19. CassandraCarr

    Editing Layering as an Editing Tool with Multi-Published Author Cassandra Carr

    Have you ever finished the first draft of a book and thought it was missing something, but you weren't sure what? That "what" is probably layering - the process of adding details to your story, from character traits to body language to descriptions of the environment surrounding your story. Each...
  20. Paris Wynters

    Character Body Language for Writers with Paris Wynters

    Body language is a key ingredient in correctly conveying the emotion you need to add power to your story. This class will teach writers how to use body language to make their characters stronger and more real so they become more than talking heads.