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Course Category: Writing

July, 2020: Killing it With Conflict

Instructor:  Rhay Christou Killing it With Conflict July 1 - 31;  Fee:  $95 USD Conflict. Conflict. Conflict. Conflict, conflict, conflict builds tension.  We’ve heard the tension-refrain at conferences, in workshops and in books. We know we must have tension. Tension on every page. So, we wrote stories filled with murders, thefts, lost hope, arguments, sword […]

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July, 2020: Creating Anthologies
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July, 2020: Potent Pitches & Brilliant Blurbs

Instructor: Suzanne Purvis July 1-15   Fee: $50 Wowza!  Your book is done. Congratulations. You’re ready to put your fabulous story out there into the publishing world. One of the best ways to get your work in front of agents and editors, is through pitching and querying. But to pitch and query you need to […]

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July, 2020: Intensive on Dialogue
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August, 2020: Crazy-Easy Awesome Author Websites!

Instructor:  Lisa Norman August 1 - 31 ;  Fee: $110   What if you could have a website that would meet your needs whether you're a beginner or a NYT best selling author? What if it could be affordable and easy to maintain? What if you could have someone hold your hand and walk you through the entire process? Welcome […]

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July, 2020: It's All About Character: Using Character Themed Words

Instructor: Elizabeth Essex Dates: July 1 - 31;  Fee: $90 This course will teach writers how to find and use character-themed words specific to their heroes, heroines, and even villains. Every word in your novel should serve two purposes: to move the plot forward and give greater insight into the characters. Using character-themed words will […]

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July, 2020: Advanced Craft

Instructor: Laura Drake, Fee: $60 July 16-31 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. If […]

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July, 2020: Writing Thrillers and Other Dangerous Novels

Instructor: Julie Rowe July 1 - 31;  Fee: $100 Writing Thrillers and Other Dangerous Novels  Whether it’s a romantic suspense, thriller or crime novel writing books with a dangerous edge have their own pros and pitfalls. Julie Rowe, author of the military thriller Biological Response Team series, will explore with participants the following topics: Basic […]

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July, 2020: Dazzling Developmental Edits
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June, 2020: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Instructors: Julie Rowe and Jeffrey Petrock Blood, Sweat, and Tears – Writing Realistic Scenes from the Front Seat of an Ambulance Terms, slang, assorted bullshit. EMS titles, education, and scope of practice (around the world). What’s in an Ambulance? Tools of the trade. Police, firemen, and EMS mingle + who transports the body? What does […]

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May, 2020: Where Do I Begin
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June, 2020: Profitable Facebook Ads

Instructor: Michelle Fox Dates: June 1-30; Fee: $150 Profitable Facebook Ads Are you struggling to turn a profit on your Facebook ads? Are you publishing books, but no one knows they exist? Do you want to run ads, but don't know where to start?  Have you taken other classes that failed to deliver the ROI […]

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June, 2020: 30 Days to a Stronger Novel

Instructor: Lisa Wells June 1-30;  Fee: $85 "CHANGE IS SUCH HARD WORK..." BILLY CRYSTAL Change is hard work. But that's what it takes if you're trying to land an agent or a contract and all you get is rejections. 30 Days to a Stronger Novel is for all frustrated writers who have spent their hard […]

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June, 2020: Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist

Margie Lawson's course taught by Suzanne Purvis June 1-28;  Fee:  $110 Note from Margie: I invited Suzanne Purvis to teach my 'Big Three' courses.  Her deep editing expertise and her easy-going style prove she's channeling me well. I'm impressed.   I'm proud that she's teaching these courses I developed.  Dive in. You'll learn, learn, learn. And […]

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June, 2020: Two Week Intensive on Stacking the Stakes

Instructor:  Rhay Christou, MFA Two Week Intensive on Stacking the Stakes June 1 - 15;  Fee:  $75 USD Who cares about your story? You’ve put your heart, soul and every drop of blood into your characters, and the story they have to tell. You’ve created a compelling plot where characters run a gauntlet of obstacles. […]

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June, 2020: Words that Sell Books

Words that Sell Books June 15 - 30, Fee: $55 Instructor: Shirley Jump Back cover copy. Synopses. Query letters. They are all used to sell your books, to readers and to editors and agents. But they’re not the easiest things to write, not if you want to create compelling, must-read marketing materials. No one likes […]

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June, 2020: Editing Magic: Work With a Professional Editor

Instructor:  Lori Patrick June 1 - 28;  Fee: $110 Editing Magic Each student will submit a writing sample and will receive a multi-pass edit on an approximately 3500-word (or less) section. Lectures, open discussion, and forum responses support learning as each student works directly, one on one, on their own manuscript excerpt in an interactive […]

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April, 2020: Diving Deep into Deep Point of View

Instructor: Rhay Christou April 1 - 30; Fee: $95 Diving Deep into Deep Point of View With information coming at us from all sides, at all times of the day, the world has become a here and now kind of place. No wonder authors, agents, editors and readers want to feel that same kind of […]

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May, 2020: From Blah to Beats: Giving Your Chapters a Pulse

From Blah to Beats: Giving Chapters a Pulse Instructor: Rhay Christou May 3 - 31;  Fee: $90 Hi Y’all. You know the theory, read the books, have taken the classes, but still get critique groups/partners, agents, or editors saying: “Something’s off.” “The chapter doesn’t work.” “The scenes don’t come alive” “The conflict is bland.”  “The […]

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May, 2020: For Your Children's Children

Instructor: Sarah Hamer Memoir: For Your Children's Children Ever thought about writing your OWN story? Memoirs and autobiographies are the perfect way to connect with your family, to tell your story your way, and to create a lasting memory of who you are. In this class, we’ll: ·       Explore the difference between an autobiography and a […]

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