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Advanced Craft

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.

What you’ll learn:

  • Anchor the reader in deep POV
  • Say it once, say it well
  • Triple-duty descriptions
  • Get rid of Same old/same old body language
  • Dialog tags – who needs them?
  • Write tight
  • Tell us what we don’t know
  • Trust your reader
  • Backstory slivers – no dumps here!
  • How to write fully rounded characters

Who should take this course:

  • Writers who understand the basics of Point of View, dialogue, characterization, etc.
  • ‘Journeymen’ – meaning those who have finished a story (be it novel, novella or several short stories) but have not yet published.
  • Any ready to take their writing to the next level

Lesson Plan

Lesson One:

  • Beginnings
  • First lines
  • Did I start in the right place?

Lesson Two:

  • Deep POV
  • Dialogue tags
  • Be the dude
  • Altering time for emotional power
  • Whose scene is it, anyway?

Lesson Three:

  • Backstory done right
  • Make your words do double-duty
  • Where to insert backstory

Lesson Four:

  • Trust your reader
    • Say it once, say it well
    • Tell us what we don’t know
    • Telling then showing
  • All the rest
    • Adverbs
    • Write tight
    • Write fresh
    • Cadence
    • Cliches
    • Description shortcuts

Every lesson comes with reference material; great blogs and articles explaining salient points.

Every lesson has Homework. We'll be posting our beginnings, giving, receiving feedback, and revising.

Teacher

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Laura Drake is a New York and self-published published author of Women's Fiction and Romance.

Her romance series, Sweet on a Cowboy, is set in the world of professional bull riding.  Her debut, The Sweet Spot, was a double-finalist, then won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award. She’s since published 11 more books and is under contract for two more. She is a founding member of Women’s Fiction Writers Assn, Writers in the Storm blog, as well as a member of Western Writers of America and Women Writing the West.

Laura is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways, or a serious cowboy crush. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She's a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.

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Advanced Craft Course by Laura Drake is Outstanding!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 1, 2020

They always say the teacher makes the class. Well, having just finished the Advanced Craft course, I can honestly say that Laura is an extraordinary instructor.
Her breadth of knowledge is beyond impressive. I knew I was learning from an expert when she started providing me with customized input on my and other student’s work.
In just two weeks, after going through all the lessons and doing the homework assignments, I have seen a huge shift in my writing.
This is a hands-on course, where you post your work and get feedback not only from Laura, but from other students taking the class.
Having so much valuable insights from authors of all different experience levels is gold.
I highly recommend those of you considering the course have previous writing experience and a completed manuscript, like the description suggests. Having taken many classes before, this is not a workshop you would want to take as a newbie.
I am so grateful Laura shares her precious time with fellow writers to help them transform their writing and make it the best it can be.
She is not only a tremendously talented author, but a wonderful woman who pays it forward to help others get to where she is today. Thank you so much, Laura Drake!

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