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Law and Order Regency Style

As a historical fiction author, I have researched for years on legal issues my characters have encountered in their stories. In talking to readers of historical fiction, particularly regency romance, I’ve learned that many people have questions about some of the issues addressed in novels, as well as misunderstandings about inheritance and marriage laws (yes, […]

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How to Speak Legalese: Deciphering Literary Contracts

In this course we will dive into the dizzying world of literary contracts. You’ll learn what is typically in a literary contract, such as an author-agent agreement or a publishing contract, and what the most common clauses really mean. You’ll learn what to watch out for, when to try to change things, and when to […]

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Power Up Your Setting

You’ve got your plot. You know your characters. You’ve filled your stories with goals and obstacles and conflicts, and oh boy, are the stakes running high. You’ve written a book that will surely jump off the shelves. BUT No matter how much you love your story, characters, and world, surprisingly, not everyone always feels the […]

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Create Page-Turning Tension

How to hook and retain readers by exploiting uncertainty Have you been told your character isn’t engaging or that ‘special something’ is missing from your story? The Create Page-Turning Tension workshop is for fiction writers who want to hook readers and compel them to keep turning pages all the way to the end. Uncertainty is […]

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Write Backstory With Confidence

How to weave the past in without information dump telling Does your character or location have a fascinating history, but you’re unsure of the best way to express it?  The Write Backstory With Confidence workshop is for fiction writers who want to avoid information dumps and use backstory to provide character motivation that resonates with readers. […]

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Master Emotive Storytelling and showing

Previously titled Master Emotive Storytelling How to combine showing action with effective telling The Master Emotive Storytelling and Showing 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 […]

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8-Week Author

If you’ve always dreamed of writing a book, stuck in the middle of the one you are working on, or looking for some structure and support for your current novel, this class is for you. Designed to take you from idea to finished book, The 8-Week Author will cover all major components of a book, […]

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Critique Groups: Pods of Destruction or Allies for Success

A critique group can make or break your writing. And here's the rub--your group might not even realize the damage they are inflicting. Bestselling author Kathleen Baldwin will give you the tools you need to build a Healthy Supportive Critique Group geared for mutual success. We will practice Kathleen's prove critique methods, and as a result, some of the members […]

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Just-for-You Intensive Mentorship

A just-for-you-intensive writing mentorship

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Building from the Ground Up: Character Development & Story Structure

This course will save you at least five years of struggling in your writing career. Whether you’re a fan thinking about taking up the pen for the first time, or a pro looking to take things to the next level, this course is for you. In Building from the Ground Up: Character Development & Story […]

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Stacking the Stakes

The stakes have never been higher. With the Internet, Netflix, HBO, Prime, movies, news, everything at reader’s fingertips, who cares has never been more important. Sure, you have put your heart, soul, and every drop of blood into your characters and the story they have to tell. You have created a compelling plot where characters […]

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Creating Anthologies Easily The Smart Way

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. This class, taught by an author/editor who has published […]

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Practically Painless Pitching

The very successful author, Christina Dodd once said, ‘Submitting your work is like getting on stage, pulling down your pants, and asking for comments.’ That is never truer than in face-to-face pitching. Let’s face it; the thought of it is enough to make the strongest shudder and run. So why do it? Because you believe […]

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Writing Thrillers and Other Dangerous Novels

Want to write a New York Times Bestseller? Thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels consistently rank in the top 25 books on the NYT bestseller list. Some of the biggest authors in the world write dangerous novels—James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts, and John Grisham to name only a few. Writing a good book […]

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Love your Voice

Want to immerse your readers in your story from page one to the end? Want readers eager to read your next book and the next and the next? That’s Voice! For many popular authors creating an engaging, evocative, and enthralling Voice seems effortless. But try to evaluate your own voice? It’s hard to tell what […]

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Deep Editing to Make your Openings Pop

This class is about openings. All your openings, not just the first opening in your book. The opening of your first chapter needs to carry powerful content, and powerful structure and style. The opening of every scene and every chapter needs to hook the reader with content and structure and style too. This course covers: […]

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Can We Talk? Dialogue the Write Way

How to Write Dialogue with a Psychological Punch A proven way to improve any manuscript.  Learn how to craft dialogue that carries power! What You'll Learn Dialogue Challenge Check your manuscript to see if your dialogue has the 11 essential ingredients of great dialogue. Dialogue Flaw Search Weed out the 13 most common dialogue flaws. […]

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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 […]

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Killing It with Conflict - Intensive

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 fights, gun battles, chase scenes.  You name it, we threw all kinds of conflict […]

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Killing It with Conflict

Conflict. Conflict. Conflict. We’ve heard it, we know it, we’ve gotta have it, but too often, agents, editors, critique partners, and editors scream, “Where is the conflict? We need to feel the tension” And worse. “There is no conflict in this story.”  Even now, I hear heads thunking. I hear the cries of, “Why?” and […]

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