Piper J. Drake guides you on an in-depth look at how you can use relationships between key characters–and the choices characters make as relationships evolve–to develop characters that your readers will never forget. You’ll also explore the ways interracial relationships impact cha
One of our biggest requests from Writing Excuses alumni is “Get Dan to do his First Chapters class again, but give him more time and tell him to slow down.” So we did! Join Dan for an in-depth look at what a first chapter is supposed to accomplish, and how you can build a first […
Culture can be hard to define, but it influences everything from the language we use to the beliefs we hold dear to how closely we stand to the people we’re talking to. In this masterclass, you’ll learn how to give your stories greater cultural depth by exploring the building blocks of culture,
In a world of social media, creative work sells better if you frame your pitch with a story. Come learn how to present your work so it intrigues your potential audience. This works for everything from novels to artwork to Kickstarters to growing a social media following.
Rule of three, payload then pause, noises off, the comic drop… these are just a few of the tools we’ll learn to apply to our writing in order to make the funny parts funnier, or tone the goofy bits down to fit the manuscript.
This is the second half of the Multiverse of Plotting class that starts in the 9:30 time slot. Both halves are included in the $119 registration for this class. Mary Robinette Kowal and Elizabeth Boyle take you on a hands on and in-depth examination of the wide world of plotting theory. From full le
Writing is a craft, but publishing is a business. This session is designed to help you create a plan for your writing career, indie or traditional. Whether you’re just getting started, or want to level up from where you are now, we’ll help you discover the difference you can make by bein
Mary Robinette Kowal and Elizabeth Boyle take you on a hands on and in-depth examination of the wide world of plotting theory. From full length novels to short stories, all of these have one thing in common: a plot. We’ll explore the various plotting arcs, frameworks and methods, guiding you throu
Beginners! Want to get your work published but not sure where to start? Unclear on the differences between submitting to an editor or an agent? Join bestselling author kc dyer for a look at the basics of both traditional and self-publishing. Bring your questions! This class is meeting style, so you
Fiction is most powerful when it means something, but what do we mean when we say “meaning”? How is that effect achieved? This hands-on master class will go beyond theme and message to explore the many ways in which readers’ minds are stimulated. Questions, parallels, paradoxes, dichotomies, m
Writers, editors, and publishers face many legal issues that often also encompass ethics. Learn tips and tools for how and when to use and share information, images, and written texts when writing, publishing and on social media. Legal topics include copyright basics, libel, and the right to privacy