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Dec, 2022: It's a Wonderful Writer's Life

Celebrate your writing passion this December with a month-long low-stress class designed to:

  • inspire a daily writing habit
  • recharge your writing spirit
  • bring a sense of play into your writing

It's a Wonderful Writer's Life will provide a month’s worth of playful exercises intended to feed your writer’s soul without overwhelming you.

As with most LWA classes, this class will include one-on-one interaction with the instructor and other classmates, making it the perfect post-NaNo adventure to keep you moving forward with writing without interfering with the joy of the holiday season.

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Dec, 2022: Writing Flash Fiction

Have you ever thought of writing flash fiction, but didn’t, because you didn’t know where to start? Writing short can be tricky – you have to make every word count to convey a compelling, complete story in 100-1500 words. Laura will teach you how, helping you decide what to write about, how to develop standout characters in situations that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

You’ll craft a story in class, and we’ll pore over every word to make them shine! But wait, there’s more! You’ll learn advanced wordsmith skills that will help with all your writing, short or long!

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Nov, 2022: Diving Deep into Deep Point of View

Readers crave Deep Point of View. And I mean deep!! No longer willing to sit back, relax, wade through pages of prose and wandering descriptions, readers want to connect with characters on an intimate level. So intimate, the reader wants to live through the characters. And yep, that means going in deep and giving those quiet moments, those heart-beating-out-of-the-chest moments, the first kiss, the fear moments action, immediacy, connection. That means writers must bridge the gap between the fictive dream and live in the moment with the character and Diving Deep into Deep Point-of-View is here to help.

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Nov, 2022: Clans of Ireland Beyond the Pale

November 1st - 30th Tags Class Clans of Ireland Beyond

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Nov, 2022: Editing Magic: Work With a Professional Editor

Before you approach an agent, or a publisher, and definitely before you self-publish, you need an editor. A good one. And before you approach an editor, you need to make your manuscript as clear, consistent, and clean as you possibly can.

Editing Magic walks you through the process of getting your manuscript as polished as possible before approaching an editor—because they are busy, too, and will not usually take on a project that needs too much work. The course is also a professional sample edit with a lot of feedback. Lessons discuss how to find an editor, how to interact with one, and how to take the plunge of hiring one.

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Nov, 2022: Lights! Camera! TENSION!

Tension belongs:

  • In every book
  • In every scene
  • On every page

Without it, who cares?  The whole story falls flat.

In Lights! Camera! TENSION!, we’ll drill deep to find exactly what creates tension in a scene or a character and we’ll learn dozens of ways to make sure you’ll use Margie’s orange highlighter at all the right moments. The class includes:

  1. Setting up tension – it starts small and grows into an explosion!
  2. Different types of tension -- patterns, time clocks, raising the stakes, misdirection
  3. How sentence structure generates tension
  4. Create a tension tracker, so each major scene builds on the one before
  5. And lots more!
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Nov, 2022: Make 'em Laugh - How to Write a Comedy Screenplay

So, you have an idea for a comedy screenplay? Are you in the middle of one? Have you completed several? Make ‘em Laugh is a class for both experienced and beginning writers. If you’d like to learn about nuances of feature-length comedy films and apply them to your own funny ideas, then you’ve found the right place. We’d love to have you join us.

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Nov, 2022: Swag for Authors, Publishing Professionals, & other Creatives

Do you want to engage your target audience (readers, bloggers, book reviewers, authors, clients, and customers)? Do you want them to remember your name and/or brand? Do you want their friends to check out your books and services? Giving quality swag away to these influencers is a proven way to increase word of mouth sales and turn one-time customers into repeat customers.

In Swag for Authors, this master class in hands on marketing, you will learn:

  • Why swag works
  • How to narrow down the choices until you find the perfect swag for your book, business, and/or brand.
  • How to save money by creating your own swag (video tutorials)
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Nov, 2022: Write Away the Writer's Block

Most writers have suffered from some form of writer’s block in their careers. In Write Away the Writer's Block, a two-week class, we are going to work through ways to combat writer's block and get ourselves unstuck. Because sometimes getting unstuck requires a little help from your friends! Join us to work through that blockage, one word, one sentence, one paragraph at a time. The class will include:

  • Daily writing prompts
  • Sprint sessions
  • Deep Editing Sessions
  • Ideas of how to get past your writer’s block
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Oct, 2022: 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. Advanced Craft 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.

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Oct, 2022: Anatomy of Trope

Everyone says, "write to trope," or "put tropes in your book," but what does that even mean? In Anatomy of Trope, a two-week tropes masterclass, Becca Syme (MATL) will teach the psychology of tropes, the way to deconstruct and construct them, and the way to include (or enhance) them in your fiction. This masterclass includes written lectures, writing exercises, and two live video presentations (which will be recorded, and where you can submit questions to be answered if you can't make the live video).

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Oct, 2022: Create Compelling Characters

In Create Compelling Characters, we dive into the skin of your character. With hands on behind the scene tips on how to writers explore characters, you'll get to know your characters better than you ever thought possible. With practical exercises exploring the psychic distance between story and reader, we'll explore a multitude of ways to draw your reader in closer to your story and your characters.

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Oct, 2022: Dazzling Developmental Edits

In Dazzling Developmental edits, you will work one-on-one with a professional editor who will help you learn the difference between a developmental edit and a copy edit, how to accept criticism when it stings, and learn what to expect from your very first developmental edit. During our time together we will developmental edit the first two chapters of your work in progress.

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Oct, 2022: Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More

DEEP EDITING is for the writer who wants to psychologically impact the unconscious of the reader. For the writer who wants to learn fresh editing techniques. For the writer who wants to edit for power.

Participants will:

  1. Learn the EDITS System and take it deeper.
  2. Learn 25 rhetorical devices and practice using them in your work.
  3. Develop skills by using worksheets provided in each lecture. The worksheets also serve as a handy reference for learning the rhetorical devices.
  4. Learn Deep Editing tips including Margie’s Five Q, back story management, power lines, SAPS, throw-away words, cliché twists, back loading, tautologies, and emotional hits.
  5. And more!
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Oct, 2022: Essentials of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Whether your characters are soaring through space on a ship or through the sky on the back of a dragon, Essentials of Science Fiction and Fantasy, a four-week course ,will go over the basic elements of Sci-Fi and Fantasy stories.

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Oct, 2022: Fixing Your Plot - Two Week Intensive

Fixing Your Plot covers the basics of Goal, Motivation, and Conflict, but also helps you develop a powerful plot that creates a strong, memorable novel. Participants will take an idea, or an existing plot, and develop a strong outline that gives them a ready-to-write book.

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