Benefit from 20 years of experience in writing, publishing, and digital media

Past Mastery: How to Reveal Backstory with Roz Morris

Jul. 1: 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.

Courage to Create with Elizabeth Hope Derby

Jul. 16: The Courage to Create with Elizabeth Hope Derby

One of the biggest challenges experienced writers face is self-doubt—the voice inside their heads telling them they can’t succeed. This mindset can sabotage your ability to show up to the page, market yourself consistently, or share new and meaningful work like the professional you know you can be. Business coach Elizabeth Hope Derby will teach you a three-part process for activating your courage to continue creating work that matters to you and growing your writing career.

How to Research Your Life with Marion Roach Smith

Jul. 29: How to Research Your Life with Marion Roach Smith

Those who want to write memoir frequently make the mistake of thinking they cannot do so because they either don’t remember things or don’t know certain facts. The truth is that neither of these conditions should derail a writing project, because a successful memoirist can draw on a key skill: reporting. Author and journalist Marion Roach Smith will teach you the basics of reporting on your own life.

Becoming a Paid Writer and Speaker with Benjamin Vogt

Aug. 26: Becoming a Paid Writer and Speaker with Benjamin Vogt

How can your writing turn into meaningful income from multiple sources? Unless you’re an overnight celebrity, getting your name and message out into the world—not to mention getting paid for it—is a long-range endeavor. We’ll take the long view and learn how author, garden designer, and speaker Benjamin Vogt has evolved from writing for himself to giving keynote addresses at national conferences. He’ll explore the many avenues to building an audience, finding your niche, and most important of all cultivating a passion others can relate to and find value in.

The Foundations Of Getting Published with Jane Friedman

Oct. 25: The Foundations of Getting Published with Jane Friedman

In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn not just the foundational principles of getting a book published, but gain up-to-date insight into the changing landscape of the publishing industry, and how you can navigate your own path toward success. Jane will cover querying, how to research the right agents and publishers for your work, publishing beyond the Big Five, and more. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the commercial publishing business model, and how to approach the submissions process with the right expectations and mindset.

Book Proposal 10 Step Action

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.

How to Publish Your Book

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.