Craft Classes

Craft Classes

Classes to help you better your writing prowess.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To Novella Writing: Rules of Thumb

Class Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide To Novella Writing: Rules of Thumb

Instructor(s): Kait Nolan
Price(s): $40 USD Standard
$120 USD Gold  Level
Where: WANA Streaming Video & WANATribe
When:   Now! (On Demand Class)

Class Description:

In an industry where frequency of publication can make or break a career, novellas are a fantastic way to keep your fan-base happy and build a backlist. Join author Kait Nolan as she takes you through how novellas differ from novels and short stories, and teaches you the least you need to know to write a solid, novella-length read in this On Demand class.

If you want more direction, the Gold class adds one-on-one coaching to hone your novella idea into a lean, mean, plot-shaped thing.  You should already have your concept put together, with the steps outlined in the class before we get to this point.

 

Price: $40.00

Date: March 17, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Bullies and Baddies---Understanding the Antagonist

Class Title: Bullies and Baddies---Understanding the Antagonist

Instructor(s): Kristen Lamb
Price(s): $50.00 USD General Admission
$170.00 USD Gold Level
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:   September 5th, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM NY Time (US Eastern)

Class Description:

Bullies & Baddies---Understanding the Antagonist

All fiction must have a core antagonist. The antagonist is the reason for the story problem, but the term “antagonist” can be highly confusing. Without a proper grasp of how to use antagonists, the plot can become a wandering nightmare for the author and the reader.

This class will help you understand how to create solid story problems (even those writing literary fiction) and then give you the skills to layer conflict internally and externally.

Bullies & Baddies---Understanding the Antagonist Gold

This is a personal workshop to make sure you have a clear story problem. And, if you don’t? I’ll help you create one and tell the story you want to tell. This is done by phone/virtual classroom and by appointment. Expect to block off at least a couple hours.

This pricing is for a single title only. For trilogies and series, contact Kristen for a quote on our contact page.

Price: $50.00

Date: September 5, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

How to Master Point of View

Class Title: How to Master Point of View
Instructor(s): Marcy Kennedy
Price(s): $35.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:  Sat Sept 26, 2015 from 1:30-3PM NY Time (US Eastern)
Class Description:

When we talk about POV, we basically mean the point of view from which the story is told. Who are you listening to? Whose head are you in? In a practical sense, POV lays the foundation for everything you’ll write in your story.

This 1.5 hour live webinar will…

* explain the four different points of view you can choose from when writing your story,
* help you decide which point of view is right for you and your book,
* give you practical tricks and techniques for maintaining a consistent POV, and
* guide you in identifying and fixing point of view errors.

The webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants, so even if you can't make it at the scheduled time, you can sign up and watch later at your convenience.

Marcy Kennedy is a multiple Writer's Digest contest winner and an award-winning journalist, as well as a freelance fiction editor. She's also the author of the Busy Writer's Guide series of books.

Price: $35.00

Date: September 26, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Writer's Coloring Book Goes NaNoWriMo!

Class Title: The Writer's Coloring Book Goes NaNoWriMo! 

Instructor(s): Rachel Funk Heller
Price(s): $80.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:   October 3rd from 1-3 PM NY Time (US Eastern)

Class Description:

Yes, my darlings, it is that time of year, when we collectively gird our loins for National Novel Writing Month. Or what I used to lovingly call, "National Vomit on the Page Month." Because sure, you can chunk out 50,000 words in a month--but are they "good" words??? Well, my doves, it's "The Writer's Coloring Book®" to the rescue! In this two-session class (Oct. 3 & 17)you will get to know your main character using the Character Sketch exercise, and we will review how to create your very own Story World Mandala -- your lifeline while you write your first draft. In our second session we'll hear everyone's loglines and brainstorm how to improve them. Whether you are a NaNo newbie or a pro, by the time you finish this class, you will be ready to rocket through your first draft in no time.

Price: $80.00

Date: October 3, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Creating Three-Dimensional Characters

Class Title: Creating Three-Dimensional Characters
Instructor(s): Marcy Kennedy
Price(s): $35.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:  Sat Oct 17, 2015 from 1:30-2:30PM NY Time (US Eastern)
Class Description:

Throw out those multi-page character questionnaires. They’re not the key to creating three-dimensional, believable, likeable (or unlikeable!) main characters for your stories.

This one-hour live webinar will take an in-depth, practical look at the secrets to creating strong character backbones for your story and making sure they’re memorable. It'll also cover how we can organically weave the internal growth arc of our character into the external plot.

As a bonus, we’ll look at the difference between single-story vs. series protagonists.

The webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants, so even if you can't make it at the scheduled time, you can sign up and listen later at your convenience.

Marcy Kennedy is a multiple Writer's Digest contest winner and an award-winning journalist, as well as a freelance fiction editor. She's also the author of the Busy Writer's Guide series of books.

Price: $35.00

Date: October 17, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction

Class Title: Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction

Instructor(s): Marcy Kennedy
Price(s): $35.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:   Fri, Oct 30 from 5-6:30 PM NY Time (US Eastern)

Class Description:

You’ve heard the advice "show, don’t tell" until you can’t stand to hear it anymore. Yet fiction writers of all levels still seem to struggle with it.

This live webinar will...

* help you clearly understand the difference between showing and telling
* provide you with guidelines for when to show AND when to tell
* give you practical editing tools for spotting and fixing telling in your writing

The webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants, so even if you can't make it at the scheduled time, you can sign up and watch at your convenience.

Marcy Kennedy is a multiple Writer's Digest contest winner and an award-winning journalist, as well as a freelance fiction editor. She's also the author of the Busy Writer's Guide series of books.

Price: $35.00

Date: October 30, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

 

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