Benefit from 20 years of experience in writing, publishing, and digital media
Feb. 10: Master Point of View to Strengthen Your Storytelling with Tiffany Yates Martin
Having strong point of view in your manuscript is about more than whether to write in first person or third. Whatever your chosen voice, the key to an engaging, vivid story is to bring readers directly into it, rather than leaving them on the outside looking in. Instructor Tiffany Yates Martin will clarify the different types of point of view, and show how to strengthen character, deepen reader engagement, and bring a story to life by developing a strong, clear POV and perspective.
Feb. 24: Who Am “I” Really? Finding Yourself as an Engaging Character in Memoir with Dinty W. Moore
As memoirists, we know the challenge of turning real people—friends and family—into fully-formed characters on the page. But what about our own selves as character? Who is the “I” on the page, and how does that person become a rounded, engaging, and believable presence? Instructor Dinty W. Moore will show you how to tackle uncertainty about how much to reveal, and how to distinguish your own self-knowledge from what’s actually on the page.
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.
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.