Join Piper J. Drake to learn how to use mind mapping techniques to brainstorm by visually organizing your plot, character, world-building, and other ideas. Three (3) students will be selected to mind map their way through a current story idea – all others are encouraged to audit and learn how
Getting your words on the page and marketing your books effectively while also juggling a day job, family, chores, and everything else life throws at you can seem like an impossible blizzard of things to do, but this workshop will help you get a handle on that chaos. Learn task management secrets on
No matter what you’re writing, the principles of psychological horror can spice up your conflict, your tension, your character flaws, your character growth, and everything else that makes a story great.
Bring your favorite snacks and learn from Piper J. Drake how food can be a key aspect of character development. From your character’s favorite food and what memories those tastes unlock to the way they react as they encounter new tastes and textures–including cuisine in your writing can
Storytelling isn’t just about what you say, but how you say it. This class will look at the nitty gritty of word choice, and show you how a careful consideration of very specific words can have a huge impact on the feel and flow of your writing.
If COVID-19 and a renewed global call for racial justice have taught us nothing else this year, it is that we can radically rethink the world around us. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways that writers can reimagine the fictional world and create new narrative realities, whether it’s by foregro
In this workshop, we’ll look at three ways to make money through writing – freelance writing work, arts grants, and direct appeals to fans and readers through platforms like Patreon and Substack. For each, we’ll explore how to find and create opportunities for yourself, assess whet
In this workshop we’ll explore the elements that go into crafting a novel that readers can’t put down. Including the setup, characters with competing goals, orchestrating the plot twists and revelation of secrets to drive the story forward, raising the stakes, as well as tips and tricks
What makes one crime novel a thriller, another a mystery, and another suspense? If you’re writing a crime novel, where does yours fit in? In this workshop, we’ll dissects the differences among these main crime fiction genres, what makes them tick, and how to know which one you’re writing. Ther
ROI. B2B. Profit Centre. Supply Chain. Qualifying the Customer. If these and other business-related phrases strike fear in your heart, this workshop is for you. Learn the business basics you really need to jumpstart your writing career. Note: This class is not about the publishing business. It focus
With Google now indexing podcast episodes, and people consuming more audio and video than ever before it’s time to add a few new tools to your audience building toolkit. Video Blogging, Live Streaming, Podcasting and the rise of voice simulation technology means it’s a brave new world fo
This course will offer practical advice on how to create worlds and settings that don’t depend on colonialist stereotypes about “savagery,” “primitivism,” “civilization,” imperialism, and invasion motifs. It will also provide resources for writers interested in more complex and respect
Your story’s theme—its central message—may be something you’re aware of when you start to write, or may reveal itself more gradually, but once you can identify it, there are ways to play with it; to weave it through your characters and settings, and to polish and refine it. We’ll explore t