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Secrets of Old Castles, Kings and Knights

Castles cover the landscape of Europe. Many have lasted because they are built ofstone, but it takes some imagination to see how they looked when they were thehomes of the wealthy and powerful. Wherefore this course. A castle was a fortified structure, the home and admirative center of a magnate(great man) or king, and the […]

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Surfing through Story Structure and Character Development: An Introductory Class

What is Surfing through Story Structure and Character Development? Beautiful words and exciting scenes aren't enough to propel the reader through a novel. Stories need a plan, a focus, a solid story structure and character development that's well-developed from beginning to end. In this intro class, you’ll learn how to analyze examples from bestselling novels, […]

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Concept to Completion in 28 Days Flat

Follow the lead of writing rockstars like J.K. Rowling, E.L. Stein, and John Grisham as bestselling author, Julie Anne Lindsey, walks you through the creation of an outline that will move your story from concept to completion in 28 days flat.   What You Will Learn: Maximize your writing time Avoiding plot holes & other pitfalls Work […]

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Fairies: The Old Gods

In England, before the Norman Conquest of 1066, fairies were called elves. Fairy is a word borrowed from French. Walt Disney would have you believe that fairies are sweet little creatures with wings and wands, helpful entities like Tinkerbell and the Tooth Fairy. Walt was wrong. In many lands people believe it's not wise to […]

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Creating a Constellation of Characters to Inhabit Your Story or Series

Lackluster, one-size-fits-all characters aren’t enough to keep readers turning those pages and anticipating future books. You need a well-rounded cast of complex, riveting characters to inhabit your story—a constellation of supporting characters to showcase the protagonist Star. In this month-long class, the Constellation lessons will guide you through: To create dimensional characters, we will use […]

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Make Endings Pop! Deep Editing Style

Don't settle for nice! Don't settle for anything less than Wow!

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Author Alchemy - Tech Hacks for the Computer Illiterate, the Savvy, and Everyone In Between

Self-editing is hard, even on a good day when you have all your spoons and are ready to jump into your manuscript with a handful of highlighters and a prayer. Using some Author Alchemy you can make the tools you use every single day work for you. Macros, or written command built into Word to […]

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How to Write Believable Alternate History Fiction

Have you ever imagined how history could have turned out differently? What would the world have looked like if the Nazis had won the Second World War, the South had won the American Civil War, or the US had lost the Cold War? Alternate histories challenge and inspire us to think about what might have […]

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Virtues, Vices and Plots!

Characters are like people. Each of us has "good" traits, like courage and resilience and intelligence, but we also have traits that get us into trouble like foolhardiness, stubbornness, and too smart for our own good. Same with our characters. We create strong traits, on both sides of the spectrum, and watch as our characters […]

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Warlords, Druids & Dragons

Where is the road to a New York Times bestseller? Let me point you in the right direction—write a fantasy! Different sources of fantasy have inspired a torrent of novels and films. I’m sure you’re familiar with Rowling’s Harry Potter novels or G.R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. Or perhaps you’ve read Guy Gavriel Kay’s The […]

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Writing Action Scenes

Do you want to kick your book’s impact into high gear? Grab your reader’s attention and never let it go? Create a pace for your story that thrills your reader to the end and has them one-clicking the next book? Create great action scenes! This month long course, applicable to writers at any stage in […]

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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 […]

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Establish a Ghostwriting Business and (Finally!) Monetize Your Talent

Despite ghostwriting’s deep historical roots and thriving modern practice in the publishing industry, ghostwriting is still largely cloaked in secrecy. Writers often weigh the allure of additional income, creative freedom, and a chance to grow their craft in a risk-free environment against what literary purists believe is an exercise in deception. Art may be a […]

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6 Week Author Mentoring Intensive

Are you looking for guidance and direction for your writing career? Have you written your book, but don’t know what to do next? Not sure how to promote your books with social media? Interested in self-publishing, but aren’t sure where to start or how much it costs? Julie’s Author Mentoring Intensive is for you! This […]

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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 […]

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Keep Sweet: How to write a romance that tingles but doesn't involve disrobing

There is nothing worse than an awkward sex scene. Many authors, who want to write romance feel pressured to include sex scenes in their stories, even if they aren't well suited to write Tab A into Slot B. That's why they should take this class, so they can write on the "sweet side." This class […]

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Not Your Mama's Character Descriptions

This power-packed class provides writers with hands-on tools for making character descriptions fresh and deep and powerful. We’ll cover: This class is interactive. You’ll write and edit and finesse character descriptions. You’ll learn how to make your character descriptions as dynamic as your characters. Teacher Schedule Reviews Submit a Review

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Emotional Connections: Character Names and Psychologically Empowered Backstory - a Two Week Intensive

Kendrick Lamar said, "If I'm gonna tell a real story, I'm gonna start with a name."  Twenty-first century audiences demand deep, emotional connections with characters. Authors have learned how to use writing techniques to  foster these emotional connections, but authors who randomly name their characters are missing a prime opportunity to create more emotion, more […]

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The Fiction Writer's Future

The Fiction Writer's Future! Stay ahead of the curve. Join Kathleen Baldwin for a frank discussion about shifts in publishing, the AI intrusion, how readers are changing, what to expect in the future, and how to reach and keep YOUR readers in this changing marketplace. ★AI—the giant robot in the room. How is AI changing […]

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Go Graphic: Creating Comic Books and Graphic Novels with Zap Pow Zing Power!

Comic books and graphic novels are nothing new but, in today's publishing world, they've become a fantastic way to get your story out there. In fact, graphic novels have seen phenomenal growth – a sales surge of up to 15% -- in the last four or five years. Even better? You can write a graphic […]

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