Craft Classes

Craft Classes

Classes to help you better your writing prowess.

Say What? Techniques for Making Your Dialogue Shine

Class Title: Say What? Techniques for Making Your Dialogue Shine

Instructor(s): Marcy Kennedy
Price(s): $35.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom (OnDemand)
When:   Whenever  Convenient

Class Description:

Dialogue is one of the essential elements for great fiction, yet many of us struggle to write dialogue that's interesting and sounds natural. Just because we know how to speak doesn't mean we can write authentic-sounding dialogue!

This 90-minute webinar will…
•    cover the seven most common mistakes when it comes to dialogue and how to fix them,
•    explain how to ensure your dialogue makes your story stronger,
•    show you how to create dialogue unique to your characters, and
•    answer some of the most frustrating questions about dialogue.

This is an OnDemand class. You can sign up and listen to it at a time that's convenient for you.

Marcy Kennedy is a freelance fiction editor who has worked with writers at all stages of their career. She's also the bestselling author of the Busy Writer's Guides series of books.

Price: $35.00

Date:

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Show Me Your Fastball: Crafting Your Logline, Tagline, and Pitch.

Class Title: Show Me Your Fastball: Crafting Your Logline, Tagline, and Pitch

Instructor(s): Marcy Kennedy
Price(s): $35.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom (OnDemand)

Class Description:

Whether you want to self-publish or traditionally publish, you’ll need a logline, a tagline, and a 60- to 90-second pitch to use as marketing tools. Not only will you use these at conferences, in query letters, on social media, as your back cover copy, and as your Amazon page description, but it’ll also prepare you for when a potential future reader asks, “So what’s your book about?”

In this webinar, we’ll walk through a detailed lesson on the elements of a standout logline, including extensive examples, and then, after a chance for questions, move on to turning that logline into a killer pitch. As a bonus, we’ll also discuss taglines, pithy sentences you can add to the front cover of your book.

This class is also ideal for people at any stage of writing their novel. Being able to sum up what your book is about will give you a guidepost for writing the next 50,000-100,000 words.

This is an OnDemand webinar. You can sign up now and listen at your convenience.

Marcy Kennedy is a freelance fiction editor who has worked with writers at all stages of their career. She's also the bestselling author of the Busy Writer's Guides series of books.

Price: $35.00

Date:

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Internal Dialogue: The Voice Inside Our Characters' Heads

Class Title: Internal Dialogue: The Voice Inside Our Characters' Heads

Instructor(s): Marcy Kennedy
Price(s): $35.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom (OnDemand)
When:   Whenever you want

Class Description:

Internal dialogue is the voice inside our heads that we can't ignore, even when we want to. We second guess ourselves, pass judgment on the world around us, and are at our most emotionally vulnerable in our internal dialogue. And the same needs to be true for our characters.

Internal dialogue is one of the most powerful tools in a fiction writer’s arsenal. It’s an advantage we have over TV and movie script writers and playwrights. It's also one of the least understood and most often mismanaged elements of the writing craft.

This one hour webinar will…

•    explain what internal dialogue is and what it isn't,
•    show you how to format internal dialogue so you don't confuse your readers,
•    walk through how to use internal dialogue to improve your characterization, add conflict, and move your plot forward, and
•    make sure you know how to keep internal dialogue from stalling out your story.

This is an OnDemand class. You can sign up and listen to it at a time that's convenient for you.

Marcy Kennedy is a freelance fiction editor who has worked with writers at all stages of their career. She's also the bestselling author of the Busy Writer's Guides series of books.

 

Price: $35.00

Date:

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Battle of the First Pages Workshop

Class Title: Battle of the First Pages Workshop
Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $25 USD Standard
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: FRIDAY July 15th, 2015 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 9:00 P.M. EST

LIMITED SEATS. This is an open workshop where each person will submit his or her first page of the manuscript for critique. I will read the page aloud and "gong" where I would have stopped reading and explain why. This is an interactive workshop designed to see what works or what doesn't. Are you ready to test your page in the fire?

 

Price: $25.00

Date: August 5, 2016

Available Spaces: 24

Hooking the Reader---Your First Five Pages

Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $40.00 USD Bronze Level/$55.00 USD Gold Level/$85.00 USD Platinum Level
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When: Friday August 12, 2015 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 9:00 PM E.S.T.

Class Description:

The first five pages are the most essential part of the novel, your single most powerful selling tool. It’s how you will hook agents, editors and readers. This class will cover the most common blunders and also teach you how to hook hard and hook early. This class is 90 minutes long, 60 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes for Q&A.

Your First Five Pages Gold Level

This includes the webinar and a detailed critique your first five pages.

Your First Five Pages Platinum Level

This includes the webinar and a detailed critique of your first twenty pages.

Price: $40.00

Date: August 12, 2016

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:   August 19th, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 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: August 19, 2016

Available Spaces: Unlimited

 

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