All classes are recorded and available for later viewing
June 16: Query Letter Master Class 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.
July 14: Write Dialogue Like a Pro with Elizabeth Sims
Great writers use dialogue to reveal the hearts and minds of their characters, to create conflict and humor, to fuel action, and rivet readers’ attention. But how to write dialogue that comes across as real and believable, when actual speech usually sounds so dumb when transcribed onto the page? Award-winning author Elizabeth Sims will give you the same tools the pros use, covering: the basics of good dialogue; the nuts and bolts of generating ideas for dialogue; how to use characters’ words—instead of narrative—to bring them to life; how to stay out of trouble when writing tricky passages; and more.
July 28: Past Mastery: How to Reveal Backstory with Roz Morris
Agents and editors report that mishandling of backstory is one of the commonest problems they see in authors’ manuscripts. Introduced in the wrong place, backstory can interrupt the action, losing the reader’s attention. If you don’t give the reader enough, they won’t understand why they should be interested in the story events. Either way, they stop reading. Book doctor Roz Morris will teach you best practices for usage in order to enrich your whole book.
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.