All classes are recorded and available for later viewing
April 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.
April 18: The Art & Business of Author Platform with Jane Friedman
In partnership with The Writers Circle: Most working writers have at least one thing in common: they seek to grow the readership for their work. But what can you do, especially without a publisher’s help (or a large bankroll), to encourage readership growth? That’s where platform comes in. Author platform is, simply, visibility to your target audience—which translates into an ability to sell your work. In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to develop an approach and philosophy that fits your personality and unique qualities of your work.
May 6: Digital Storytelling Platforms for Genre Novelists with Kilby Blades
Just as ebooks disrupted the print market, the digital storytelling industry has introduced another round of disruptors: serial story apps, interactive story apps, and story-based games. The creative talent behind much of this content? Novelists. This class will introduce some of the emerging storytelling formats that authors are using to distribute their work—such as chat-based stories, choose your own adventure, and immersive games—with information about the submission process and how authors are achieving success in this emerging field.
May 19: Finding the Universal in Your Memoir with Lisa Cooper Ellison
The first draft of any memoir is for the writer. But a final draft must become a mirror for the reader’s soul. To truly serve the reader, you must find the universal story embedded in your life experience. This 75-minute live class will cover what the universal is and why it’s critical to your story, strategies for finding the universal in your memoir, and how to increase your chances of writing a successful memoir.
June 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.
June 30: The Pleasures of the Personal Essay with Dinty W. Moore
The personal essay is perhaps the oldest form of nonfiction prose, yet it remains one of the most misunderstood. More than memoir, but able to include elements of one’s own life experience, the personal essay is a wonderfully flexible and creative form, as inventive as the writer wishes it to be. Dinty W. Moore will guide you through examples of the myriad forms that an essay can take, will survey the infinite range of possible topics, and will leave you with useful prompts to help you determine your own essayistic opportunities.
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.
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.