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  1. Beth Daniels

    Plot-Structure The Beginning, The Middle and The Twist: Stun your readers with the unexpected with Beth Daniels

    Presenter: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, and Nied Darnell What gets a story talked about around the water cooler, over that latte or flavored coffee, over the milk shake or diet drink? For those who watched as well as those who read GAME OF THRONES, it was when George R. R...
  2. CassandraCarr

    Plot-Structure Story Structure for Pantsers with Cassandra Carr

    Plotting and pantsing seem like two different ways of writing, but most of us actually use a combination of both. If your writing style veers toward being a pantser, you may still want some idea of where you're going before you start. How do you go about making a plan without stifling your...
  3. Deborah Bailey

    Craft 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...
  4. TereMichaels

    Craft Our Writer's Voice with Tere Michaels

    Our Writer's Voice is more than how we write – it’s also about what and why we write. An understanding of our journey from consumer to creator can have a major impact on a career. From choosing projects to understanding and moving through blocks to creating an authentic and unique brand, your...
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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...
  6. Sia Huff

    Writing Life Color Your Story: How Color Affects Our Emotions with Sia Huff

    Writing is transferring emotion onto the page to make a story come alive. Color sets the mood instantly without lengthy, detailed descriptions. Characters and setting become vivid when color is used to evoke primal physiological and emotional responses in readers. Individual colors have inherent...
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    Craft Show Don’t Tell: The Writer’s Golden Rule with Cynthia Owens

    Show Don’t Tell: The Writer’s Golden Rule looks at different techniques of putting your readers into your story, and how to use them. We will cover: · Show vs. Tell?—Examines the difference between telling a story and showing it. · The Five Senses—How to use the senses effectively. ·...
  8. 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...
  9. TereMichaels

    Character The Missing Puzzle Piece: Core Wounds with Tere Michaels

    Core Wounds sit in the heart of every person - both real and fictional. An understanding of these deep-seated, harmful "truths" we believe can lead to the creation of three-dimensional characters and emotionally impactful narratives readers will never forget. This workshop will explore what a...
  10. Deborah Bailey

    Plot-Structure Use the Heroine’s Journey to Plot Your Novel with Deb Bailey

    Lots of writers have heard of the Hero's Journey, which is based on the work of Joseph Campbell. But there's also a Heroine's Journey, which is based on the story of the Sumerian goddess, Inanna, an epic that describes her descent into the underworld. The heroine’s journey is not so much about...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...