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Jan. 22: This Is the Year You’ll Finish Your Book with Allison K Williams
This year, you’re going to finish a book. But which one, and how? You’ve got multiple creative projects tugging for your attention, not to mention family, pets, work. When can you carve out time for your manuscript, and how will you stay motivated to finish by the time April rolls around, let alone October? In this 90-minute class you’ll learn how to clear mental space to focus on one project, set a realistic timeline, and self-motivate to finish your book—for real!
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.
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.