Benefit from 20 years of experience in writing, publishing, and digital media
Mar. 10: Writing Memoir Without Fear with Allison K Williams
You have a powerful story to tell … but what if your mom gets mad, or someone sues you? In this live class with Allison K Williams, you’ll gain tools and skills for sharing your truth on the page without retraumatizing yourself as you write. You’ll learn key strategies for avoiding legal action and hurting feelings while writing truthful characters and scenes. And you’ll discover how to navigate real-life relationships with tact and confidence while feeling good about publishing your words.
Mar. 11: Blogging Strategies That Work in 2021 with Jane Friedman
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.
Mar. 24: Get Better Critiques Now with Lisa Cooper Ellison
At multiple points in the writing process, all writers need feedback on their manuscripts. But not all feedback is equal—and some can be downright detrimental. So, how do you know when to ask a friend, take a workshop, or work one-on-one with a pro? Lisa Cooper Ellison will show you how to navigate the feedback landscape, figure out who to contact, ask for what you need, and—most importantly—make the most of each revision to your work-in-progress.
Mar. 27: How to Get Published—Traditional, Self, and Everything In-Between with Jane Friedman
In partnership with Midwest Writers Workshop: In this one-day masterclass, you’ll learn not just the foundational principles of getting a book published, but gain up-to-date insight into the changing landscape of the publishing industry, and how you can navigate your own path toward success. You’ll discover what it takes to capture the attention of a New York publisher or literary agent (whether you write fiction or nonfiction) and how to determine if self-publishing, hybrid, or traditional publishing is the most appropriate path for your next project.
Apr. 15, 22 & 29: Advanced Self-Editing Master Class with Roz Morris
Most novelists don’t write their books perfectly on the first draft. The real magic happens when they edit, restructure, refine and rewrite, so that the story is as compelling as possible. If you’ve ever had a developmental edit, you’ll know how thorough this process is. But how do you do this for your own book? This three-week course will show you how to spot opportunities to deepen characters, sharpen the plot, restructure if necessary, strengthen the themes and refine the language. You’ll learn how to create a realistic project plan to take a rough manuscript and polish it to professional standards.
Jun. 16: Query Letter Master Class with Critique with Jane Friedman
The query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. Learn the best practices of query writing (in any genre), get personalized feedback, and submit your work with confidence.
How to Write a Book Proposal: 10-Step Action Plan (self-study course)
This is a comprehensive, self-study course with Jane Friedman on producing nonfiction book proposals in the digital age. The focus is not just on writing a book proposal that will sell the idea, but that will also sell the book when it finally makes its way to market.
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. She acts as your personal guide though the entire process from finalizing your manuscript, to writing the perfect pitch, to reviewing contracts and marketing your book. She provides the candid scoop on what you need to do in order to increase your chances of being considered. The knowledge you’ll gain by having an inside expert teaching you how to position your book for publication gives you a unique advantage and drastically increases your chances of getting noticed in this increasingly competitive industry.
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.