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

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
When: Wed August 12th from 5-6 PM NY Time (US Eastern)
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 one hour live 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.

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: August 12, 2015

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: WANA Digital Classroom

When: SATURDAY, August 15th, 2015 3:30 PM E.S.T. to 5:00 P.M. EST

Class Description:

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 30 minutes or so 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. 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: August 15, 2015

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
When:   Sat August 15, 2015 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM NY Time (US Eastern)

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 live 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.

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: August 15, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

WANA Two Class Bundle on Dialogue

WANA Two Class Bundle on Dialogue

Class One: Say What? Techniques for Making Your Dialogue Shine
Class Two: Internal Dialogue: The Voice Inside Our Characters' Heads

Instructor(s): Marcy Kennedy
Price(s): $62.50 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:
Class One: Aug 12, 2015 from  5-6PM NY Time (US Eastern)
Class Two: Aug 15, 2015 from 1:30-2:30PM NY Time (US Eastern)

Class Descriptions:

Class One:

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 one hour live 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.

 

Class Two: 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 live 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.

 

The webinars 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: $62.50

Date: August 15, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Meet Your Main Character Using 'Paper Dolls for Writers'

Class Title: Character Sketch: Meet Your Main Character Using "Paper Dolls for Writers"
Instructor(s): Rachel Funk Heller
Price(s): $40.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When: Sept 12, 2015 from 1-2:30 PM NY Time (US Eastern)
Class Description:

How are you going to enter your main character's psyche if you don't know what he or she looks like? Or how she manages to dress herself in the morning? In this totally different and very fun class you get to play with paper models, pick out costumes and hair styles, and get to know your character the way we meet people in real life. Face it, when we meet new people, we often judge them by the clothes they wear and by how much effort they put into personal grooming. In this course, you get to see what your character looks like, and gain access to her decision making process. Instead of writing a long character bio, here is a tool for those of us who are visual thinkers.

If you are a beginner or an advanced writer, this exercise helps you render your character with true, telling details, and make your readers fall in love with your character at first sight.

Price: $40.00

Date: September 12, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Revise Your Work Like a Rock Star: Master Scene Profile

Class Title: Revise Your Work Like a Rock Star: Welcome to the Master Scene Profile 

Instructor(s): Rachel Funk Heller
Price(s): $40.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:   Sept 19, 2015 from 1-2:30 PM NY Time (US Eastern)

Class Description:

"Revise, revise, revise." Yes, there are days when I hate hearing that advice. To make the daunting task of planning and revising my books easier, I invented the "Master Scene Profile." It's a form you use that will help you analyze the scenes in your project, and figure out how to make each scene jump off the page. How to add sensory detail that works with your story, how to track the objectives and obstacles your character faces, and how to add emotional depth to each scene. In this course you will receive a copy of "The Writer's Coloring Book.®" This class will help beginner and advanced writers. We'll discuss options in planning your big revision, and how to stay sane during the process.

Price: $40.00

Date: September 19, 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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