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Jan, 2018: Two-Week Intensive On Show, Not Tell

Instructor: Shirley Jump, NYT Bestseller

January 3 - 16;  Fee: $45

Two-Week Intensive on Show, Not Tell 

How many times have you heard this…and not quite known how to do it? Or gotten this comment back in a critique? This most basic of writing concepts can also be one of the most difficult to master in the beginning. Join New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump in this intensive hands-on two week class as she leads an interactive workshop that gives you easy, manageable tips that will have you bringing your fiction to life right away. You’ll be working with your own manuscript, learning how to take passages and make them more powerful and emotional.

Students will learn:

  • The basics of show, not tell
  • The “key” words that are telling
  • How to rework a scene to be more powerful
  • How to incorporate details and the five senses
  • How to rewrite telling into showing.

Homework will be given, and feedback will be provided to help students grasp this concept and employ it in their writing.

Shirley Jump 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump has written more than 50 novels for Berkley, Harlequin, Entangled, and Kensington books. A frequent speaker both in the United States and abroad, Shirley's diverse career has spanned two decades. She has won numerous awards, and she's been nominated multiple times for the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award. The first book in her series with Berkley, The Sweetheart Bargain, recently received a Top Pic from Romantic Times. 

Check out the BUZZ about Shirley Jump's novels:

"Sweet is the word for this anthology from four top Kensington writers...Jump's office romance gives the collection a kick, with fiery writing." -- Publishers Weekly 

4 1/2 Stars, "With Jump's trademark comedic touch, readers are treated to a well-crafted story about what it means to come home to face yourself and your past. The main characters are sympathetic and intelligent, and the narrative is constantly smooth and compelling." -- Romantic Times Book Reviews 


Jan, 2018: Two-Week Intensive: Your First Five Pages, Reader Glue
Laura DrakeInstructor: Laura Drake

January 15 - 28;    Fee: $45

Have you ever started a book by a new-to-you author and settled right into the story? You just know you’re going to love it. You’re relaxed and trusting the author from the first page. You're hooked and you know you will be there for awhile.

How do they do that? 

You have less than five pages to hook a reader. Probably less, if your reader is an agent. A compelling beginning can adhere readers to your writing and your voice as well as your story.

Sound impossible? It’s not.

Join Laura and bring your first five pages for:
  • Interactive tips on what is great and could be improved in YOUR pages
  • Feedback from other class participants: Can you hook them?
  • Examples of what is 'hooky' and what are near misses
  • And much more!

There will be lessons, but this will be an interactive course as well. You’ll post your first five pages, and besides getting my feedback, the class will be encouraged to give feedback as well. We’ll work on those first pages until they shine!
Intermediate level 
2 week class

Laura Drake, RITA winner, decided to write a novel. Three years later she completed it, and decided what she really wanted was to hold a book in her hand with her name on the cover. Three novels, 417 queries, and twelve years later, Laura achieved her dream. She sold her Sweet on a Cowboy series, romances set in the world of professional bull riding, to Grand Central. The Sweet Spot (May 2013), Nothing Sweeter (Jan 2014 and Sweet on You (Aug 2014). The Sweet Spot, won the RITA for Best First Book in 2014.

Her 'biker-chick' novel, Her Road Home, sold to Harlequin's Superromance line (Aug 2013) and has expanded to three more stories set in the same small town. The Reasons to Stay (Aug 2014), Twice in a Blue Moon (July 2015) and Against the Odds, (June 2016).

Laura has long wanted to make a foray into another genre she loves.  In January, 2016, she self published Days Made of Glass, a novel about the first woman bullfighter.

In 2014, 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.

Visit Laura's web site

Visit the Writers in the Storm Blog

Twitter: PBRWriter


Jan, 2018: Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist

Margie Lawson's course taught by Becky Rawnsley

January 3 - 31;  Fee:  $90

Note from Margie:

I invited Becky Rawnsley to teach my 'Big Three' courses. 

I know Becky learned my deep editing techniques well. I know she applies them well. I know she can teach them well too. 

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 you'll have a good time too. 

Learn how to write body language and dialogue cues. No more cliched, trite, and overused facial expressions and dialogue cues.

Writers will learn how to write more than basic facial expressions, more than basic body language, more than basic dialogue cues, and write them so well, I'd rate them NYT!

Writers will learn how to write fresh:

  • Body Language Basics:  facial messages, lips, eyes, chin, full facial expression, flicker-face, gestures, posture, hierarchical zones . . .
  • Body Language Clusters
  • Avoidance and Deception Cues
  • Vibes – beyond spidy senses and hair-raising
  • Margie's Six Categories of Dialogue Cues
  • Body Language and Dialogue Cues for POV and Non-POV characters
  • Body Language and Dialogue Cues with Rhetorical Devices
  • Body Language and Dialogue Cues that include stimulus and response

Each teaching point will be illustrated with examples from bestselling authors, their excerpts dissected and analyzed.

Students may be active in class and post assignments. I'll deep edit assignments, and make them available for class members to read and learn.

Students may also lurk and learn. No worries.

Concerned you're too busy to keep up?

All LWA classrooms are open 24/7.  April classes will be open through May 15. You can click in and download, read, learn.

Becky Rawnsley is a physical therapist from the UK. She started writing as a hobby some twenty years ago, but realized if she was ever going to get off the slush-pile and onto the shelves, she needed help. Hunting for answers, she stumbled across Margie’s website and struck writing-gold.

Becky is now a multi-Margie, multi-LWA and Immersion grad, and has discovered a passion for deepening her understanding of writing craft. Her work now regularly finals in contests. She is keen to share the magic of Margie’s ECE and Deep Editing courses to help fellow writers bring their work to the next level—and beyond!


Jan, 2018: Ta Da, How to Put Funny on the Page
Instructor: Lisa Wells

January 3 - 31;  Fee: $60


TA DA, HOW TO PUT FUNNY ON THE PAGE


Slam your elbow on a table top and you’ll get up close and strip-down, naked personal with the location of your funny bone. Unfortunately, you’ll also discover there’s nothing funny about that instrument of torture.

It’s a sensitive little sucker.

The funny bone takes joy in creating not laughter but pain.

Unless…you’re a comedian.

Comedians aren’t like average humans. When they slam their funny bone on a table top, the sensation causes them to laugh so loud and so hard earthquakes are reported five states over. True story. No…really…it is.
 
In fact, slamming your elbow on a table top is the test comedian-wannabes have to take to get accepted into Make Me Laugh University. If they bang their elbow and laugh, they’re invited into the coolest of schools. Hit the spot and wince, and the parody professors will laugh them off the university’s sacred grounds.

If that happens, if they fail to be admitted in Make Me Laugh University, these wannabes might as well become plumbers, because showing off their butt-crack is the closest they’ll ever come to making someone laugh. Or…is it?

 
Of course, I lie. Not a big one. Just a little gray lie. So don’t go calling the funny police on me for breaking the whole truth-in-advertising stuff. Why? Because I’ve got great news. And you’re going to want to know what I know.

 
Here it is. What I know to be the truth, the absolute truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me funny bone.

 
Even if your funny bone is broken, and it doesn’t make you laugh when it’s been unfortunately activated - you can still get into the cool major. You can still walk the sacred halls of Make Me Laugh University. You’ll just have to work at it a little harder than those with a sense of humor in their funny bone.

 
As a personal reject of Make Me Laugh University, I’ve spent hours and hours and years and years (yes- years) and studied master comedians like Steve Martin, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer and Ellen DeGeneres, plus many more, just to get funnier and to create this class. A class designed to teach other humor rejects, like someone like you, how to put humor on the page.
 
My purpose in life, since being laughed off the college campus of Make Me Laugh University, that was not a fun experience, is to make sure no one else ever suffers the humiliation of being thought of as blah, boring, a danger to one’s self, or – gasp - a danger to other’s ability to laugh.
 
Ta Da. Here’s what you’re going to learn:

 
1. The best way to study humor – no…the answer is not naked and with a glass of wine.

 
2. How to find your own comedian mentor – Get One For Free – as long as you can stalk without being caught. Get caught, and you might be thrown into comedian-wannabe jail. Mums the word.


3. The universal rule of being funny – break it, and you might go to funny bone jail which is located next door to comedian wannabe jail.
 
4. How to find funny in the world around you – if you have to suffer through the family gathering, you might as well get some material from Aunt Poopy Mouth or Uncle Give Me Another Cold One.
 
5. The 3 secret ingredients to great storytelling – OMG, I’m just dying to let you in on these secrets. (Biting lip hard. Ouch. Keeping secrets is dangerous to one’s mouth.)



6. The key ingredient that makes people laugh? There’s actually several ingredients that go into making people laugh, but there’s a key one. K.E.Y. Kind of like liquor is the key ingredient in Jell-O shots. (NO. Jell-O is not the key ingredient in Jell-O shots.)

 
7. The 7 humor media in which you can sell the funny you put on the page. Face it, our good looks are going to fade, and we’re going to need a back-up cash supply.
 
8. The 11 Funny Filters – These filters are the gold mine of laughter. Sort of like mouth filters are the gold mine of keeping our day jobs. Does it surprise you to know I don’t have a day job?

 
9. The 3 joke-writing methods using the funny filters. Hint... Psyche. You didn’t really think I was going to give you a hint here? Do you not know me at all?

 
10. The 5 ingredients of writing a premise for a comedy screenplay. Instead of a five-ingredient meal recipe (like tequila, lime, salt, triple-sec, ice), you’re going to get a five ingredient premise recipe. Chuckle.

 
Who should take this class:
 
1. Romantic Comedy authors. That’s a no brainer.
 
2. But this course is for more than just comedy writers. It’s for you.
 
3. Knowing how to add comedy to whatever you’re writing - be it a thriller, a wedding speech, an obituary - will make your writing stronger. Humor enhances story characters. Humor enhances your storyline. Humor makes your look skinnier in tight jeans.

 
4. Attention all authors: Humor gives much needed tension release to your readers at just the right moment. Learn how to put it on the page.


5. Humor helps you with every day relationships – like your relationship with your editor or agent or the cop who pulled you over for driving with the top down. Tiny explanation: When I bought the convertible, the dealer said it was legal to drive with my top down. How was I to know he meant the car’s top and not my tube top? Be specific people.

6. Humor makes you stand out in the memory of others. In a good way.

7. If you want to learn to be funnier, and how to take that funnier and put it on the page, this class is for YOU.


8. And, last but not forgotten, if you flunked out of Make Me Laugh University – this class is also for you.

What are you waiting for? Sign up.





Jan, 2018: Diving Deep into Deep Point of View

Instructor: Rhay Christou

January 3 - 31; Fee: $90

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 immediacy with stories. They scream for deep point of view. And I mean deep!!

 

In this course we will:

·         Understand point of view and the best point of view for your story.

·        

 Recognize and fix point of view issues such as; slips and author intrusion.

·       

  Learn how word choices impact deep point of view.

·        

 Use descriptions that keep it deep.

       Use authentic settings that resonate with characters and readers.

   

Use dialog that rings true for characters.

 

Learn where to dive in the deepest and where and when to stay in the shallows.

   

Learn how to crack deep point of view in third and first person.

   

Learn quick fixes for deep point of view that can transform your manuscript.

 

And so much more!

 

With a plethora of examples, assignments, and Rhay’s--Let’s think about this--we’ll explore, discover, and unlock the mysteries of deep point of view.

 

About Rhay Christou: Two of the things I love are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine them. I’ve taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshops in the USA and on the lovely island of Cyprus, where I live.


I teach two other courses online for Lawson Writer's Academy:  Create Compelling Characters and From Blah to Beats: Giving Chapters a Heart.


Jan, 2018: Love Your Voice

Instructor: Julie Rowe

January 2 - 31;  Fee: $60

Love Your Voice

Every writer wants a fabulous voice. For most popular authors that achievement seems effortless. But for the rest of us, it’s often hard to tell what makes our voice special...and how to capitalize on our natural strengths. 

Includes a critique of the first three chapters of your book (up to 50 pages)!

This workshop examines the seven key elements that make up an author’s unique voice: 

1. Emotion -- How much? What kind? How do you show it?

2. Core Story / Theme -- The gut-level core idea that inspired your novel in the first place.

3. Setting & Description – Where you set your story and how you chose to describe the environment is a critical element of Voice.

4. Pacing -- An art of its own and a crucial factor in any writer’s Voice.

 5. Conflict -- What do the characters want and why can’t they have it.  Deep, difficult conflict brings your Voice to life.

6. Characterization – Who you choose to write about and how you develop them is a pivot point of your Voice.

7. Mechanics -- It’s not just understanding the rules of writing, it’s how you chose to use and when you decide to break them.

Participants will see specific examples of how all these elements work in the distinctive voices of various authors. Writing exercises will follow the discussion of each ingredient.  These exercises will give participants the tools to refine, polish, and -- depending on the kind of writing they want to pursue -- possibly even change their Voice.

About the instructor: Julie Rowe

Full-time author, freelance writer, and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles are the MEN OF ACTION boxed set and VIRAL JUSTICE book #3 of the Biological Response Team series.

Julie’s articles and short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today's Parent magazine and Canadian Living. Julie facilitates business writing and communication workshops at Keyano College in her home city, and has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and Canada. She’s also a strong supporter of life long learning and moderates a free announcement loop for the promotion of online classes, workshops and webinars.

You can find her at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor. 


Nov, 2017: Author Power on Pinterest

Instructor: Lana Pattinson

Nov. 1 - 30;  Fee:  $60

Whether you are new to Pinterest or already have a personal account, we’ll discuss strategies for branding yourself as an author and developing your Author Platform.

We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Why Pinterest?
    • We’ll find out why Pinterest is an important part of your Author Platform, and why & when it may be a better choice than Facebook or Twitter.
  • The Basics: Setting up your Account
    • Setting up your profile and creating key Boards
  • Pinterest as part of your Social Media plan and how to manage your time
    • What do you want to accomplish / Setting goals
  • Targeting your Audience
    • Let’s look at ways that we can define and appeal to your target audience
  • How to make a great Pin
    • What makes a great Pin
    • Tools and Programs you can use for creating Pinnable images
    • Important information to include when creating your Pins
  • Interacting on Pinterest
    • Purpose and how to use Group Boards
    • Other ways to interact on Pinterest (comments, likes, etc).
  • Nuts & Bolts: How to Pin, Whom to followAnalytics
    • How to Pin for maximum effect
    • Selecting the right people to follow
    • Using Pinterest Analytics to review and streamline your social media plan 

Lana Pattinson

Hi y’all! I’m a Marketing Consultant with expertise in Brand Planning and Social Media. For over 15 years I worked in the wine & spirits industry, marketing powerhouse brands globally such as The Macallan Scotch Whisky, Jacob’s Creek wines, and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur.

I’ve lived all over: Ontario, Texas, Las Vegas, New York & Scotland. I have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

I write Young Adult Historical Fantasy, and am a Finalist in the 2015 Romance through the Ages Contest. I’m a member of RWA, YARWA, and CHRW.

Currently, I live in Westchester County, New York with my husband, daughter, and furbaby. Connect with me via my website, LanaPattinson.com, where I blog about Books, Booze & Scotland. You can also find me on Pinterest or Twitter.

Cheers! Lana


Nov, 2017: Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More

Instructor:  Becky Rawnsley, Teaching Margie Lawson's Course

November 1 - 30;   Fee:  $80

Note from Margie:

I invited Becky Rawnsley to teach my Big Three courses:  Empowering Characters' Emotions, Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and Beyond, and Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist. I bet my unexpected invitation to teach my courses gave her a visceral response.

She's done an excellent job. 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 my deep editing techniques and systems and tips. 

Dive in. You'll learn, learn, learn.

 

DEEP EDITING is for the writer who wants to hook the subconscious of the reader. For the writer who wants to learn fresh editing techniques. For the writer who wants to edit for psychological power.

This is a dig-deep-and-make-your-manuscript-stronger course. Class members will:

1. Learn how to use rhetorical devices to boost cadence, compress time, expand time, add interest, add emotion, and add power.

2. Learn which bestselling authors use which rhetorical devices to empower openings and turning points. 

3. Learn 25 rhetorical devices and practice using them. 

4. Develop skills by using worksheets provided in each lecture. The worksheets also serve as a handy reference for learning the rhetorical devices.

5. Learn Deep Editing tips including Margie's Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion, backstory management, power lines, SAPS, throw-away words, cliché twists, back loading, and emotional hits.

6. Learn how to make a FINAL EDITING PASS and make it your last pass.

You may be active in class and post assignments. Your assignments will be deep edited and posted in the classroom.

You may lurk and learn. No worries.

Concerned you're too busy to keep up? All LWA classrooms are open 24/7.  The November classes will be open through December 15th. You can download, read, and learn any time.

Becky Rawnsley is a physical therapist from the UK. She started writing as a hobby some twenty years ago, but realized if she was ever going to get off the slush-pile and onto the shelves, she needed help. Hunting for answers, she stumbled across Margie’s website and struck writing-gold.

Becky is now a multi-Margie, multi-LWA and Immersion grad, and has discovered a passion for deepening her understanding of writing craft. Her work now regularly finals in contests. She is keen to share the magic of Margie’s courses to help fellow writers bring their work to the next level—and beyond!


Nov, 2017: MADNESS to Method: Using Oscar Winning Techniques To Write With Emotional Impact And Create NYT Best Selling Scenes

MADNESS to Method: Using Oscar Winning Techniques To
Write With Emotional Impact And Create NYT Best Selling Scenes

 Instructor: Tiffany Lawson Inman

November 2 – 30

Fee: $80

Madness to Method uses the father of all acting
techniques, The Method. 

Writers will learn how to create the most real of real
moments between their characters:  Authentic, high-impact emotion, dialogue, and conflict. Course exercises push writers to enhance their emotional repertoire through fresh
writing as well as learning the tools to edit into award winning scenes into their current
manuscripts. 

 

This class includes full lectures, out-of-your-chair exercises,
fresh writing assignments, and multiple scene submissions for edits (approximately
25 pages of your WIP, deep-edited) 

 

There will be hands-on interaction between YOU, YOUR
WRITING, AND THE INSTRUCTOR.

As an actor and editor, Tiffany will teach writers how to:

  • utilize each block of The Method as a writer to reveal deep layers of character and characterization
  • access sense memories and to write authentic emotion and conflict
  • strip away writerly fat to streamline dialogue and increase story momentum within scene
  • enhance emotional repertoire by writing with their scars
  • use sense memories to fuel character emotion on the page
  • turn
    reality into fiction by awakening their innermost observational skills
  • thrust their story forward by using every facet of character, dialogue, and conflict

 

This class will crack open your psyche to reveal dynamic
character, motivation, and reaction. This class will show you how to activate
emotion you never knew you had.

 

If we held The Oscars for fiction, would your story be nominated? Would your characters be highly acclaimed nominees? Polish those shoes and spray on a tan,
because after this workshop every moment in every scene will be worthy of
actors like Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio. Your characters will be hitting
the red carpet while your writing wins the awards.

Are you ready?

 

*** THIS CLASS IS CAPPED AT 22 WRITERS TO ENSURE AMPLE TIME FOR EDITING AND INTERACTION BETWEEN WRITER AND INSTRUCTOR DURING A HOLIDAY MONTH *** Topics and exercises in this class are geared toward
INTERMEDIATE– ADVANCED writers***


Tiffany Lawson Inman, daughter of Margie Lawson, claimed a higher education
at Columbia College Chicago. There, she learned to use body and mind together
for action scenes, high-impact character emotion, active setting, dynamic fight scenes, and
dramatic story development.

She teaches Emotion, Action and Fighting in Fiction, and
Dialogue for Lawson Writer's Academy. As a freelance fiction editor, she
provides deep story critique and dramatic line/content editing services.

She is currently writing a Psychological Suspense Thriller with the goal of landing on NYT Best Sellers list by 2020.   



Nov, 2017: Write Better Faster
The WRITE BETTER FASTER class is full.

Sorry you missed it this time.  

It will be taught again in March. 

Instructor:  R.L. Syme

November 1 - 30;  Fee: $99

Everyone wants to be more productive--write faster, release more books--but most of us don't know where to start. Let me give you a hint, according to former students: start with this class. The most common feedback from past students is: I wish I'd taken this class years ago. So, what are you waiting for?

Your brain is like a lock-box, and everyone's box has a different code. Copycat productivity techniques are hit-and-miss, and the "hit" part is determined by how similar your personality is to the writer. But by using brain science, you can learn the specific code to unlock your brain.

We'll focus on how you can write more books in a year, and how you can write those books faster. But mostly, we're going to focus on customizing your systems and your writing life for specifically how your brain works. Once you learn how to work with your wiring, you will not only get better, but you'll get better, faster.

You will leave the class with an individualized set of strategies and tactics that will help you do your best work, be your most productive, and accomplish your writing goals. This class includes four weeks of instruction and a personalized one-on-one appointment that would cost hundreds of dollars, anywhere but on the Margie Lawson platform. The class size is capped at 50, so get your spot today!

Former students say:

"As a writer, if you take only one course in your writing career, make it this one. It is a game changer and really is structured to help you as an individual."

"Take it! I have been deeply skeptical of these author-productivity courses since they started proliferating around 2012 or so. I took a chance on this one because the word-of-mouth was excellent. Now I, too, have begun recommending it to my writer friends and will continue to do so."

"I highly recommend this class to all authors who want to better understand why certain methods and processes work for them while others do not. Knowledge truly is power. This class will help you to recognize your strengths and use them to create an actionable strategy for your writing and writing career."

R.L. Syme (w/a Becca Boyd) is the USA Today bestselling romance author of the Line of Fire series and the Highland Renegades. With a Masters degree in leadership and years of consulting and working in organizational communications, she is also a trained Strengthsfinder coach. Becca lives in the Rocky Mountains and you can find her website at http://rlsyme.com




Nov, 2017: Two Week Intensive on Staking the Stakes

Rhay ChristouInstructor:  Rhay Christou, MFA

Two Week Intensive on Staking the Stakes

Nov. 1 - 15;  Fee:  $60 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. You’ve edited, deep edited, made sure every single word sing.

And you’re still getting critique partners, beta readers saying, “but I don’t get it” Worse, you’re getting those form rejections or those just-didn’t-care-enough responses.

Don’t panic. All writers experience this at one time or another, and there is answer.

Likely you need to figure out the most important question of your scenes, chapters, story. You need to ask yourself why should the reader care about this person and her problem. You need to figure what makes the stakes of this novel personal and powerful.

The two-week intensive Stake the Stakes workshop will help you discover ways to get your readers caring on page one and keep them caring to the very end.  

Full easy to read lectures, hands on assignments, and plenty of opportunities for class and instructor interaction, Stake the Stakes will  take a languishing story from plodding to powerful.

We’ll:

--  Define stakes

--  Realize size doesn’t matter

--  Discover the difference between stakes that matter and a gauntlet of problems

--  Take stakes from functional to fantastic

--  Develop ways for stakes to impact the protagonist

--  Create and sustain caring, caring, caring

--  Use connections to keep readers engaged

--  Dial up the stakes, tighten the tension

--  Change up the middle to rev up the pace

--  Write knockout endings that make the journey worth taking

About Rhay Christou: Two of the things I love are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine them. I’ve taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshops in the USA and on the lovely island of Cyprus, where I live.

I teach several other courses online for Lawson Writer's Academy:  Create Compelling Characters, From Blah to Beats: Giving Chapters a Heart, Power Up Your Setting,  and Diving into Deep Point of View.


Nov, 2017: Two-Week Intensive on Revision

Instructor:  Shirley Jump

Nov. 1 - 15;   Fee:  $75

Two-Week Intensive on Revision:

Learn how to analyze your writing with an objective eye and revise it, helping your book or short story become stronger and better. 

New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump will give you hands-on tools, tips, and tricks to revise your work, along with concrete examples to show you how to really take your book from blah to BLOCKBUSTER. We will have hands-on homework assignments helping you revise your work in progress, and make it the best it can be.

Learn the biggest mistakes writers make in their work

Create a usable checklist for your revisions

Learn how to increase emotion, power up your characters

Learn to tighten your pacing, trim the backstory

Learn to make everything, from dialogue to descriptions, move the story forward

Homework will be assigned each week, and feedback provided, to help students get hands-on with their revisions. Take this course and take your book to the next level!

 

Shirley Jump 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump has written more than 50 novels for Berkley, Harlequin, Entangled, and Kensington books. A frequent speaker both in the United States and abroad, Shirley's diverse career has spanned two decades. She has won numerous awards, and she's been nominated multiple times for the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award. The first book in her series with Berkley, The Sweetheart Bargain, recently received a Top Pic from Romantic Times. 

Check out the BUZZ about Shirley Jump's novels:

"Sweet is the word for this anthology from four top Kensington writers...Jump's office romance gives the collection a kick, with fiery writing." -- Publishers Weekly 

4 1/2 Stars, "With Jump's trademark comedic touch, readers are treated to a well-crafted story about what it means to come home to face yourself and your past. The main characters are sympathetic and intelligent, and the narrative is constantly smooth and compelling." -- Romantic Times Book Reviews 

 


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