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July, 2020: Intensive on Dialogue

Want your book to be more powerful? Do you want your characters to do more than just talk on the page? Join multi-published, best-selling author Shirley Jump for an interactive workshop on making your dialogue leap off the page and actually work for your novel, not against it. Learn how dialogue can increase tension in a plot, show your characters (without telling) and ramp up the emotion on every page.

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July, 2020: Creating Anthologies

Anthologies are the "hot" item lately, giving authors a chance to collaborate and create amazing themed books. The writing side is usually pretty easy for an author, but what about all the details? A partnership can be a real problem if the business side isn't addressed.

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August, 2020: The BrainMap: Create Intricate Plots and Unforgettable Characters

Editors love books that are character driven and have layered plots. Learn how to create novels with plots created by the characters themselves, using Shirley Jump’s Brainmap Technique, giving a stronger, more powerful--and more emotional story. If you're stuck in your writing, needing inspiration or just want to learn more about developing characters and developing a multi-layered plot, you'll get the boost you need for this class with New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump!

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Aug, 2020: Difficult Discussions: Ways to Approach Diversity on the Page

Writers have the capacity to create the type of world we want to live in.  Sometimes, this requires a bravery and vulnerability that feels incredibly uncomfortable.  How can an author include characters that are different from themselves without being offensive?  How does an author find the bravery to write authentically about the world they are creating?  This class will be a safe space where authors can wrestle with these questions.  Together, we can talk about what makes it hard to write about diversity and each find a unique and authentic way to incorporate this into our writing.

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August, 2020: Crazy Easy Awesome-Author Websites

Create your proven online author platform without pain.

Lisa will work with you every step of the way, including doing a hands-on review of your site. You'll learn what to do to maintain it, and how to update and make changes.

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August, 2020: Power Up Your Setting

Whether you are working on your first novel or your fortieth novel, the class will push you deeper to create a setting that resonates not only with characters but readers as well. 

We’ll

  • Develop a story world
  • Give clues to society, culture and structure
  • Ground the reader and character in place
  • Make place mean more than just a place to be
  • Use setting to reveal point of view character
  • Use setting to reveal non-point-of-view character
  • Reveal the emotional state of a character
  • Use subtext/metaphor to make the settings have a deeper meaning
  • Advance plot
  • Remain authentic to story and character

 

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August, 2020: Ta Da, How to Put Funny on the Page

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.

 

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August, 2020: Profitable Facebook Ads

This is a masterclass on creating profitable Facebook Ads for authors who want to improve the ROI of their ads. Imagine spending a couple hundred dollars and making back thousands. Or knowing what your income will be month after month after month. Or building the advertising know-how and technical assets to make a viable bestseller run. This is what Profitable Facebook Ads aims to teach authors. The class covers all the elements that go into an effective, compelling ad and how best to work with Facebook to avoid pitfalls in its AI and algo. Michelle will show you all sorts of examples and what has worked and what hasn't. In addition, she'll review your ad homework and let you know of any issues or potential home runs. After the class, students can stay in touch via a Facebook group.

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August, 2020: Master Emotive Storytelling

The Master Emotive Storytelling workshop is for fiction writers who want to decipher the contradictions in the old ‘show don’t tell’ mantra so they can avoid author intrusion and maximize evocative actions and sensory details.

Both showing and telling are valid tools. Showing creates drama and movement while telling conveys information succinctly and poetically. I will help you find a balance between action and brevity that will captivate readers.

Active showing is one of the fastest ways to improve your writing and get your stories noticed. You’ll have emotive prose in no time!

 

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August, 2020: Your First Five Pages, Reader Glue

We all know what it’s like to pick up a book and be sucked into the fictional world. You sense that you can trust the author and suspend disbelief to go on a journey. But how do your favorite authors do that? In this class you will have lessons and homework. You will get input from the instructor as well as other students. You will walk away with a solid, compelling, well-polished start to your novel.

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August, 2020: The Sizzling, Scintillating Synopsis

This class is here to help you . . .

  • give your synopsis the attention it deserves.
  • learn what to include and what to avoid in a synopsis.
  • create a synopsis showcasing your best writing.
  • add the intriguing emotional twists of your novel to the synopsis.
  • fill your synopsis with your unique writer’s voice.
  • give clarity, succinctness, and pizazz to your synopsis.

 

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Sept, 2020: Story Structure Safari 2.0

In this 30-day course, you will explore the story structure elements, transformational character arcs, and plot that make up powerful, bestselling stories. You will learn how to analyze examples, from bestselling novels, movies, or TV shows, for each story element or concept. A variety of activities and techniques help you hone your skills and infuse these elements and concepts into your own story. You’ll receive feedback from the instructor, and often from other classmates, to aid in your understanding of the concepts as you apply them to your story.

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Sept, 2020: Killing People and other Writerly Pursuits

So you have a character you're just dying to kill. Maybe he is a real villain and deserves to die. Or, instead, she is a sweet child and everybody cries when she slips away in the middle of the night. Regardless, there's a right place, time and reason to get rid of that character and it HAS to move the story forward.

This is a writing Master Class, with the dual benefits of digging deeply into the psychological reasons for killing a character, and of building a believable story structure around a death.

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Sept, 2020: Can We Talk: Dialogue the Write Way
  1. If you want to learn how to turn predictable dialogue into fresh and exciting dialogue, this class is for you.
  2. If you want to learn how to create a distinct voice for each of your characters, this class is for you.
  3. If you want to learn how to slip in information to the reader without losing their interest, this class is for you.
  4. If you want to learn the art of subtext, this class is for you.

 

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Sept, 2020: Just-for-you Intensive Mentorship

Two weeks, ten pages, a just-for-you-intensive writing mentorship.

We’ve all taken classes, sat through workshops and lectures and often felt this isn’t what I need to, want to, can use, but with a limited enrollment, the Two, Ten, Your-needs course gives you personalized, focused tips, tricks, lectures, guidelines, advice focused on your pages and your writing needs.

 

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Sept, 2020: Maximize Your Crazy-Easy Author's Website

This class teaches you how to super-empower your website. Go beyond the basics and use your website to expand your reach, focus your brand, and build your tribe. Want to blog? Learn to craft a sharable blog post and then track its effectiveness over time. Don't want to blog? Learn ways to monetize your website and target your ideal readers.

You have the website. Now learn how to make it work for you.

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