All classes are recorded and available for later viewing
Sep. 23: Blogging Strategies That Work in 2021 with Jane Friedman
In partnership with Writer’s Digest: Blogging remains one of the most straightforward paths to build and engage a readership over the long term, at least for writers. But for blogging to have a real payoff for your career or author business, it has to be done with a particular strategy in mind, and executed with some discipline. Jane Friedman will teach you the principles of strategic blogging and the best practices she’s learned since she started blogging consistently in 2007.
Oct. 6: 5 Steps to an Airtight Plot with Tiffany Yates Martin
What’s keeping you from finishing—or starting—that story you’ve been dying to tell? If you’re like a lot of writers, you might be stuck on plotting. Wrestling your characters and ideas into a strong, cohesive, propulsive story can get overwhelming, especially when you get “lost in the forest,” so deep in the woods you can’t see daylight—or the way out. The 5 simple, straightforward steps in this course will give you a solid, actionable road map for your story—a clear, workable guide to make sure you’re keeping momentum strong as you propel readers steadily through your story to a satisfying, cohesive conclusion.
Oct. 20–Nov. 3: Build Your Developmental Editing Business with Allison K Williams
Want to edit professionally but don’t know how to get started? Already an editor, but you’d like to change focus, or your business needs a boost? In this three-part live class, you’ll learn how to focus on developmental editing (and what, exactly, that encompasses); how to inspire authors to revise terrible drafts instead of quitting; where to find clients (and how to get them to find you) and systems for running your profitable editing business. We’ll talk dollar amounts, contract language, editorial letter composition and client relationships, and complete three short editing-practice assignments.
Nov. 17: Find the Memoir Structure That Works for You with Lisa Cooper Ellison
Does your memoir stumble in and stumble out? Or perhaps your straightforward, chronological structure feels a little boring—but if you don’t start at the beginning, where do you start? Memoirs without an effective structure might endure ceaseless revisions, lose reader interest, and fail to secure publishing deals. In this class for beginning to intermediate memoirists, editor Lisa Cooper Ellison will explore the most common memoir structures, as well as a few nonstandard forms, and explain the skills required to capitalize on each. This class will help you avoid frustrating mistakes that can plague your project for years.
The Great Courses: How to Publish Your Book
In the 24 eye-opening lectures of How to Publish Your Book, Jane Friedman provides you with sought-after secrets of the publishing process that will help you navigate this difficult progression, bypass pitfalls that many novice authors get hung up on, and improve your chances of being considered for publication.
Self-study: Become a Ghost-writer
Taught by author Roz Morris: It’s easy to find writing advice. But it’s not easy to get good guidance about how to ghost-write, what’s expected of a ghost-writer and how to avoid the inevitable hazards. This course will teach you how the world of ghost-writing works, how writers get started, how to get commissions, how to pitch to a client, and how to take the project successfully to completion.