In Person Only What is it about certain books that when we finish the final page the characters stay with us for days? What is it about those characters that has made them so memorable? Using examples from his own and other writers, Bob will teach techniques to make your characters well-rounded indi
In Person, Virtual, and Recorded Learn how to employ time-tested techniques of best-selling authors to improve your novel writing. This workshop will focus on catching and holding the reader’s attention in the first three pages, as well as how to improve your dialogue, point of view and avoid
In person, Virtual, and Recorded A trad-pubbed author’s experience with indie-publishing. In this workshop, Mahtab Narsimhan will share how she published her first indie series and all the mistakes she made so that you can avoid them. She’ll share resources she found helpful (and there are a
In Person, Virtual, and Recorded In this workshop we will discuss writing the Other. We will talk about what drove me to create the workshop, the ways MFAs fail many of their students, how to go about doing research, and things like sensitivity readers, the use of language/slang/accents, addressing
In Person, Virtual, and Recorded Whether you’re writing literary fiction, fantasy, mystery or romance, mastering sex scenes can be one of the most difficult challenges for any writer. In this session we’ll talk about the importance of setting the stage before your characters hit the bed/show
In Person, Virtual, and Recorded So how exactly do authors make money and where does it come from? Carly will dive into the different types of publishers, what a profit-and-loss statement is, what parts of your contract can be negotiated, what sub-rights are, and much more. Learn how an advance is d
In Person, Virtual, and Recorded Scenes in manuscripts too often wander, waffle, and fail to find their best dramatic shape. Curing scene ailments begins with understanding the scene’s underlying and fundamental purpose and structure. In this hands-on workshop, explore three master scene patterns
In Person, Virtual, and Recorded A good action scene is a balancing act that is as informative as it is exciting. This workshop will break down and build action scenes–whether with fists, a shootout, or in the bedroom–in a realistic way to develop the characters and serve the story.
In Person and Recorded An overview of the core principles of writing your pitch, figuring out your comp titles, and nailing a log-line. DongWon will go over some of the high level reasons of the role having a great pitch plays in an author’s career, the general principles of what makes them ti
In Person, Virtual, and Recorded Join Diana Gabaldon for this metaphorical and literal discussion. It starts with finding the actual light in a story, and what that can tell you: how is the light falling, what time of day is it, who or what is the light falling _on_, and so forth… It’s a
In Person Only Mark Twain, when asked how he wrote his stories, replied, “Oh, I just chase the characters up a tree and then throw rocks at them.” Join Diana Gabaldon for a discussion of the art and science of applying conflict and pressure to your hapless characters.
In Person Only This is a fun, practical, hands-on workshop to teach you techniques to use at every stage of your writing process to brainstorm, plan, write and plan your novel. (It works for other forms of writing, too.) Julie has given this workshop to hundreds of writers all over the world, online
In Person Only You know you’re reading a great mystery novel when you’re up at three in the morning, unable to put it down. When you finally get to sleep, the characters go romping around in your dreams. You get to the final page and smack yourself in the head because the solution is a […
In Person Only In this class we will explore the most popular types of violence in fiction and work on bringing together elements of horror, crime, and a plethora of other genres while learning to use violence as a tool to improve storytelling. We will look at some of the most common violence types
In Person Only Writing from memory in creative nonfiction, we are often confronted with challenging gaps or silences. In this workshop, we’ll explore how personal, family, and institutional archives can unlock memory. We’ll experiment with the forms and techniques of documentary poetry, a subgen
In Person Only Age is not all that changes when you’re writing for young readers! In this session we’ll discuss the varieties of books available for young readers with a focus on fiction. Mahtab will share techniques for writing picture books, chapter books, middle-grade, and young adult novels.
In Person Only We’ll look at ways that discovery writers (aka pantsers) can use various plotting and planning techniques to help prepare for the writing process without sacrificing the fun of discovering the story alongside your characters. We’ll also tackle ways you can reverse outline,
In Person Only Book marketing is a source of stress and anxiety for many authors. Don’t let fear hold your publishing career back. We’ll focus on ways you can build yourself a marketing strategy that builds on your strengths, doesn’t feel overwhelming, and leaves you with enough ti
In Person Only Remember in English class when you had to write a paper about the theme of a novel you may not have enjoyed? Turns out understanding theme isn’t just for English teachers. Theme underlies the story and is the heart of the message you as the writer are trying to send. Come and [&hell
In Person, Virtual, and Recorded Novels aren’t written; they’re rewritten. This workshop gives you practical, step-by-step techniques for how to plan your revision strategy, deal with feedback, tackle rewrites and build resilience. It also includes the only mandatory rule for writing (it’s not