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​​2018 Classes 

Making Your Characters  Real 

February 12 - March 11, 2018 Via Savvy Authors
Great characters are the foundation of any good story. Learn how to bring your characters to life with one of the co-authors of two books on creating memorable characters. Find out how you can come up with heroes and heroines who go from cardboard figures to believable people.  Find out how to weave their history into the story and how to help them develop a motivation that can stir the conflict in your book. Learn how to make them grow and change to achieve a believable ending.  This class can help you develop characters for all genres and teach you lessons that you can learn and use in every story you write. We’ll also look at how to create better villains and how to make secondary characters more than an afterthought. Learn everything you need to know about characters and their place in your writing. 

March 1 - 31, 2018  Via RWA Kiss of Death
Short stories/novellas have become more popular among readers, while writers find writing short stories can provide a wonderful opportunity to introduce their work and characters. But writing short can be as challenging as writing a novel. Try your hand at writing in short form as you learn about story structure, plotting and creating characters from a published short story author.  In one month, you could have a short story outlined or written and ready to submit. 


Let’s Write a Story

March 19 - April 15, 2018 Via Savvy Authors
In this class we’ll look at how to turn your character charts and plotting plans into an actual book composed of scenes, chapters and pages. We’ll pay special attention to writing openings that grab the reader and introducing your characters and their problems.  We’ll touch on writing dialogue that sparkles and settings that are more than laundry lists. We’ll look at ways to make your characters come alive without getting bogged down in back story.  Learn about how to fight that sagging middle and how to keep the pace going from bang up beginnings to the exciting ending.  From the opening scene, we’ll look at how to make your characters grow and bring about the ending that will have readers putting your book down with a sigh and looking forward to your next story.​​​


Best Tips to Writing the Worst Villains

​April 23 - May 6, 2018 Via Savvy Authors

We love them, we hate them, but we can’t do without them—either as readers or writers. We are talking about villains. We’ve all learned how to create great main characters, but how do you go about constructing an unforgettable villain? They should be nasty, mean, or devious, with little redeeming value, but most of all they need to be real. They are the people who can haunt our memories as much as an unforgettable character. Learn the basics of creating the perfect villain for your books – whether they are romantic foils, the evil lord, the crazed killer or the heartless maniac who is out to rule the world.


The Editing Dilemma

May 8 - June 4, 2018 Via FFPRWA

You’ve written “The End” to your story and now you’re ready to send it out. Wait! Not so fast. You need to spend some time making certain that your final product is the best you can produce. Don’t let a great story get rejected because you haven’t taken the time to give it the proper final look.

Learn how to edit your story to get rid of unnecessary words, to add stronger verbs or to improve your dialogue. Learn how to make certain your chapters end at the right place and how hooks can keep the reader going. Find out how to make certain your manuscript is polished before it heads out the door. We’ll discuss the editing process with a first look at how to eliminate common problems, go through grammar issues and pick out those corrections that are easy to fix but also easy to miss. We’ll look at openings, individual chapters, scenes and make certain your ending is as strong as possible.


​The Beginning Writer Series

​June 25 - August 12, 2018 Via Savvy Authors

​Have you always wanted to write a fiction novel but weren’t sure where or how to start? The publishing market has been exploding in the past few years and there has never been a better time to see your work in print. But how do you go about writing the novel of your dreams. Learn how you can become a published fiction author in six weeks. Go from a would be author to a writer as we work on developing a plot, creating your characters, writing scenes, dialogue and get to THE END.


This series of classes will take you from start to finish in writing that novel you've always wanted to tackle.  They are split up in 3 different courses allowing you to take all 3 to receive a discount or individually so you can choose the areas where you may want to brush up.  The individual classes are:

Creating Great Characters
July 31 - August 27, 2018 Via FFPRWA
Great characters are the foundation of any good story, but how can you come up with characters who make the readers want to keep turning the pages? How can you bring them to life and make them unique and compelling? Get some of the answers from an author who has not only been working on creating great characters, but who has written a number of books and given lectures on just that topic. Learn how to make your characters go from wooden figures or cardboard cutouts to living, breathing, story people with one of the co-authors of the book, Creating Memorable Characters.​

​​​Let’s Keep it Short – Writing Short Stories and Novellas

​October 8 - November 4, 2018 Via Savvy Authors

Short stories and novellas have become increasingly popular for readers who want something quick to read on their ereaders, Ipads, Kindles and Nooks. Writers are trying to get more of their work in the hands of readers and they are turning increasingly to writing short stories as a way to quickly get content out there. In other words, the short story and novella market has heated up in the past few years, aided by the popularity of e-publishing and e-reading.

But short stories and novellas aren’t as easy to write as you might think. They can be every bit as challenging as a full length novel. Get the scoop on writing a short story or novella that will have readers clamoring for more of your work.

Find out how the story structure works, how to get your tale told in fewer words, how to develop characters and plots for the shorter formats and how to get those short stories published from a writing mentor and coach who has written countless short stories and had stories published online and in anthologies.

Write that Novel 

Make a Great Start! -- Creating Beginnings   (June 25 - July 8, 2018)

Learn how to create dynamic characters, how to begin plotting your story and how to write those difficult opening pages, and learn strategies that can help take you from the beginning of writing your story. Learn how to create scenes, how to write dialogue andyou’re your story off to a good start.

Unsagging your Middles   (July 16 - July 29, 2018)

Learn how to keep the middle of your book from suffering from the Sagging Syndrome. Get secrets of how to make your plot move along more quickly through the middle. Learn the basics of subplots and how they can be utilized to get the most out of your characters. Find out how you can use dialogue to make your story progress and keep it moving at a faster clip. Finally, get tips on how to deal with backstory so that it doesn’t bog down your plot.

Writing Unforgettable Endings   (July 30 - August 12)

How do you write an ending that is satisfying and keeps the reader thinking long after he or she puts down your book? How can you draw readers back for the next part of your series or make the reader look for your name on Amazon or in bookstores?
With a great ending, of course! Discover how you can write endings that will have leave your readers looking for your next book. Learn how to create and write endings that will sell your next book.