Craft Classes

Craft Classes

Classes to help you better your writing prowess.

How To Get Them Talking - Learn To Interview Like A Journalist

Course: How To Get Them Talking - Learn To Interview Like A Journalist

Instructor Name(s): Lisa Hall-Wilson

Cost: $35.00 USD

When: Saturday, January 25, 2013, 11:00AM - 12:10PM NY Time

Where: WANA Virtual Classroom

Description:
Whether you're writing fiction, non-fiction, articles, or blogging, take your writing to the next level by interviewing experts, professionals, or people who have already been there and done that. Learn from a journalist on how to get the interview, craft questions, get a source talking, how to ask the hard questions without offending, and best practices.

 

What Others Have Said:
"Lisa was warm, friendly, and very knowledgeable. I appreciated the stories she shared about various interviews she conducted and the lessons I could apply to my own experiences. I also appreciated her time and willingness to answer any of my own questions and the ideas and resources she provided me. At the end of this workshop, I felt like I had some insider tips I could use to begin my own journey.  At the conclusion of our time together, I felt empowered to begin the journey of telling people's stories." ~Marian Shehata


Lisa Hall-Wilson is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who's published nearly 100 articles for the Canadian market. She's interviewed best-selling authors, JUNO-winning musicians, comedians, drug addicts, former prostitutes, police officers, firefighters, pastors, and people with a great story to tell.

 

The live webinar will be recorded and available for two months beyond the close of registration, so even if you can't make it you can still listen later at your convenience. A PDF of the slide presentation will also be made available.

Price: $35.00

Date: January 25, 2014

Available Spaces: 12

Your First Five Pages

Class Title: Your First Five Pages

Instructor(s): Kristen Lamb
Price(s): $45.00 USD General Admission
$65.00 USD Gold
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:   April 25, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:30  PM NY Time (US Eastern)

Class Description:

The first five pages are the most essential part of the novel. 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 120 minutes long, 90 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.

Price: $45.00

Date: April 25, 2014

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Beat Sheet Basics: Know Your Story’s Structure

Class Title: Beat Sheet Basics: Know Your Story’s Structure

Instructor(s): Jami Gold
Price(s): $35.00 USD
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:   May 8, 2014 from 9 - 10:30 PM NY Time (US EST)

Class Description:

Beat sheets, long used by movie scriptwriters, can also help us create strong stories for our novels. Don’t know what beat sheets are or how to use them? Do you write by the seat of your pants and don’t want to plan your story in advance?

Never fear—learn the terminology, uses, and ways to adapt beat sheets to our writing methods. At the end of this class, students will have an overview of story structure and beat sheets:

  • Introduction to story arcs
  • Introduction to beats and terminology
  • Digging deeper to avoid formulaic clichés
  • Using beat sheets to find unnecessary scenes and pacing issues
  • How those who write by the seat of their pants can use beat sheets too

The presentation will run for around 60 minutes and includes an additional 30 minutes to allow for plenty of question and answer time. (The class 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.)

Price: $35.00

Date: May 8, 2014

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:   May 10, 2014 from noon to 2:00 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: May 10, 2014

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Lost Your Pants? The Impatient Writer’s Guide to Plotting a Story

Class Title: Lost Your Pants? The Impatient Writer’s Guide to Plotting a Story

Instructor(s): Jami Gold
Price(s): $80.00 USD General Admission
              $200.00 USD Gold
              $475.00 USD Platinum
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
Begins:   May 13, 2014 from 9 - 10:30 PM NY Time (US EST)

Class Description:

Do you write by the seat of your pants?
Do you want to write faster?

This workshop teaches a minimalist approach to story development to accommodate “pantsers” (those who write by the seat of their pants) while still establishing the big picture for the plot and character arc. By the end of this class, students will have enough direction to make “Fast Drafting” techniques work for them.

This workshop consists of two sessions run on the online classroom (recorded) with plenty of time for questions. Due to the depth of information, this workshop is best for non-beginner writers. (If you'd like to take this class despite your newbie status, Beat Sheet Basics: Know Your Story's Structure can get you up to speed.)

Note: This class includes two sessions: Tuesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 15, 9-10:30 PM (New York/Eastern time) each of those days. The class 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.

Lost Your Pants—Gold Level: $200

The Gold Level includes a phone consultation (up to 2 hours in length) to discuss story issues, address story-specific questions, brainstorm solutions, etc.

Lost Your Pants—Platinum Level: $475

In addition to the Gold Level phone consultation, the Platinum Level includes a full analysis of documents submitted by the author (such as beat sheets, synopsis, and story outline) for story structure issues. The Platinum Level also includes editorial feedback on either a synopsis (up to five pages) or the first five pages of the manuscript.

 

Price: $80.00

Date: May 13, 2014

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): $45.00 USD

Where: WANA Virtual Classroom

When:   Saturday May 17th from 2:00 - 3:30 PM NY Time (US EST)

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 1.5 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 such as how to handle dialect, should we use contractions in historical novels, science fiction, and fantasy, and is it okay to begin a book with dialogue.

As a bonus, all registrants receive an ebook copy of Marcy's A Busy Writer's Guide to 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: $45.00

Date: May 17, 2014

Available Spaces: Unlimited

 

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