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

Pitch Perfect---How to Write a Query Letter & Synopsis that SELLS

Class Title: Pitch Perfect---How To Write a Query Letter & Synopsis that SELLS
Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $45 USD Standard (ONLY $35 BEFORE SEPTEMBER 5th)
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: FRIDAY September 30th, 2015 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 9:00 P.M. EST

You've written a novel and now are faced with the two most terrifying challenges all writers face. The query and the synopsis.

Query letters can be daunting. How do you sell yourself? Your work? How can you stand apart without including glitter in your letter?

***NOTE: DO NOT PUT GLITTER IN YOUR QUERY.

Good question. We will cover that and more!

But sometimes the query is not enough.

Most writers would rather cut their wrists with a spork than be forced to write the dreaded…synopsis. Yet, this is a valuable skills all writers should learn. Synopses are often requested by agents and editors and it is tough not to feel the need to include every last little detail. Synopses are great for not only keeping your writing on track, but also for pitching your next book and your next to that agent of your choice.

This class will help you learn the fundamentals of writing a query letter and a synopsis. What you must include and what doesn't belong.

So make your writing pitch perfect with these two skills!

 

 

Price: $35.00

Date: September 30, 2016

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Your Story in a Sentence---Crafting Your Log-Line

Class Title: Your Story in a Sentence---Crafting Your Log-Line
Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $35 USD Standard
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: WEDNESDAY October 5th, 2015 12:00 PM E.S.T. to 2:00 P.M. EST

Log-lines are crucial for understanding the most important detail, "WHAT is the story ABOUT?" If we can't answer this question in a single sentence? Brain surgery with a spork will be easier than writing a synopsis. Pitching? Querying? A nightmare. Revisions will also take far longer and can be grossly ineffective.

As authors, we tend to think that EVERY detail is important or others won't "get" our story. Not the case.

If we aren't pitching an agent, the log-line is incredibly beneficial for staying on track with a novel or even diagnosing serious flaws within the story before we've written an 80,000 word disaster. Perhaps the protagonist has no goal or a weak goal. Maybe the antagonist needs to be stronger or the story problem clearer.

In this one-hour workshop, I will walk you through how to encapsulate even the most epic of tales into that dreadful "elevator pitch." We will cover the components of a strong log-line and learn red flags telling us when we need to dig deeper. The last hour of class we will workshop log-lines.

The first ten signups will be used as examples that we will workshop in the second hour of class. So get your log-line fixed for FREE by signing up ASAP.

Those who miss being in the first ten will get a deeply discounted workshop rate if they would like their log-line showroom ready.

Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 2016

Available Spaces: Unlimited

 

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