You know the feeling – when you start a book and immediately suspend disbelief to fall into the story world. As authors, we know that this isn’t easy to do. It takes more than a good scene. It takes a maestro of craft to pull it off.
This is a writing master class. If you’re past problems with POV, character development and stage direction, this class will help you understand the subtle nuances that can be the difference between a ‘good writer’ and a popular author.
Every lesson comes with reference material; great blogs and articles explaining salient points.
Every lesson has Homework. We'll be posting our beginnings, receiving feedback, and revising.
Laura Drake, 2014 RITA Winner for Best First Novel, doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. After a total of three novels, and 417 queries, in June of 2011, she scored an agent — Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill and Associates.
She now has twelve published novels. The first, The Sweet Spot, won the 2014 RWA RITA for Best First Book. When she isn’t writing, she speaks to writers groups and teaches online. She is a founder of Women’s Fiction Writers Association as well as the Award-Winning, Writers in the Storm Blog. Laura is a multi-Margie immersion grad. She credits Margie with taking her from ‘good’ to ‘sold’!
Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.
Laura waded among us as we honed our first sentences, our POVs, our pacing, moving in and out of backstory (if it's needed), tight writing and more. I'm grateful for her teaching, her edits and for the affirmations and critiques from other participants. A great community and so much encouragement offered.
Laura is an engaging instructor, insightful, and knowledgeable. She's accessible and interacts daily with participants. Feedback from Laura was invaluable for making my writing stronger and feedback to and from classmates was equally valuable. Without a doubt, I will take more of Laura Drake's classes.
This class served as a great reminder of all the little things I should know but consistently forget. Nice structure, with great feedback. (Now I just have to apply all this to the whole dang manuscript!!)
Loved the Advanced Craft Workshop. Your instruction and the interaction with the other students provided me with the insight I needed to kick my manuscript off with the power I was looking for.
I'm so grateful to Laura for the masterful way she selected key elements to focus on, rather than trying to cover too much or to promote a particular template. Each lesson focused on vital, precise, and practical elements that could be explored in our own work. Her suggestions were clear and so, so helpful, but always left space. I felt respected, supported, and inspired. And I've signed up for her next course!
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