All classes are recorded and available for later viewing
Dec. 9: Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less with Jane Friedman
In partnership with Writer’s Digest: In this two-hour webinar, Jane will teach you how to use WordPress to get your own website up and running in a day or less! If you already have a website or blog, you’ll learn best practices to ensure you’re getting the most out of it. The good news: you don’t have to know any code, understand technical jargon, or have previous experience with websites or blogs.
Dec. 15: Get It Edited with Tiffany Yates Martin
When it’s time to hire a professional editor, there are more options available than ever before, and it can be confusing to sift through all the variables: What’s the difference between a developmental edit and a line edit and a copyedit? How do you know what you need or when? What should an edit cost—and is it worth it? This 90-minute workshop presented by freelance editor Tiffany Yates Martin will help you determine whether and when you need a professional edit; show you what to look for in a good editor; offer specific resources for finding the best in the business and your perfect fit; point out red flags to watch out for; and explain other options if hiring an editor isn’t in your budget right now.
Dec. 29: Get Published in Literary Journals with Andrea Firth
You have a polished essay, short story, or poem, and you are ready to share it with the world. But where, and how? Getting published in a literary journal isn’t a matter of chance or luck—it’s a process. In this 90-minute class taught by Andrea Firth, you will learn the steps to follow and the tools and resources to help you submit work and get it accepted in literary journals. Plus, you will gain the motivation and encouragement to start, get unstuck, and publish more often. We will create a clear and manageable plan to follow and introduce you to a range of potential, new literary outlets for your writing.
Jan. 7: Writing Irresistible Picture Books with Mary Kole
The children’s book market presents a thriving opportunity for writers, but it can be exceedingly difficult to break into. The strict and intimidating guidelines and categories, especially for picture books, stop a lot of hopefuls. In addition to knowing that children’s book publishing is segmented by category, age, and reading level, savvy authors must also avoid being too overt with theme, and should have a variety of strong ideas in the pipeline to earn an agent’s interest. This class will help you understand the various brackets in the picture book age group, what word counts are appropriate for each, what distinguishes a picture book from an illustrated storybook, and much more.
Jan. 12: 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!
Jan. 20: Book Publicity 101 with Barbara Linn Probst
Writing a book and getting it published are huge accomplishments, but there’s a third and equally important step: making sure that people find out about it. Unless you’re lucky enough to get endorsed by a high-profile influencer, you’ll have to do the lion’s share of promotion yourself. If you don’t know how to do that, don’t have the time or inclination, you may want to hire a publicist. Publicists can be expensive, yet many authors use them—even if their publishers offer some level of publicity assistance. On the other hand, many authors don’t—and may not need to, because they have other ways of reaching their target audience or goals that don’t call for outreach on that scale. In this class, you will learn what publicists do (or can do) and acquire tools for helping you make strategic decisions about book publicity that fit your goals, budget, and personal style.
Jan. 28: How Memoirs Resonate with Dinty W. Moore
You have a memoir idea, maybe even a first draft, but still worry whether other people will want to read your story. It’s a basic concern facing all writers of memoir. Though our stories—the truth of our pain, our struggles, our progress, our redemption—reverberate on a personal level, we don’t write for ourselves, we write for others. So, how do our personal stories become universal, resonating with readers who don’t know us? In this class, noted memoirist Dinty W. Moore will tackle the insecurity we share about our own stories and highlight specific structural, voice, and craft choices that help stories resound deeply with potential readers.
Feb. 26: The Magical Marketing Trifecta for Writers with Jane Friedman
In partnership with Midwest Writers Workshop: Most published authors have some kind of online presence, including a website and email newsletter or Facebook page, but they don’t have a clue what it means to develop a cohesive, smart approach that integrates them all. For writers who want to see their online activity pay off, it requires some high-level and strategic thinking about who that writing is meant to reach and who you want to attract over the long term. This session will look at key strategies and principles for using your website, online writing (such as blogging), email, and social media in concert with each other to better reach and engage readers, both new and old.
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.