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Malpractice: Getting Medical Facts Right in Fiction

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $40.00 USD

Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom

When: Wednesday, August 16, 2017. 7:00-9:00 p.m. EST

From fainting to family doctors in the OR, fiction today is full of medical malfeasance. Watching George Clooney or Ellen Pompeo run through the ER yelling “Stat!” may seem like just what the doctor ordered to up dramatic tension in fiction, it’s more likely to be 20cc of the wrong medicine.

Nothing shatters the fragile suspension of disbelief for the reader like inaccuracies, whether it’s historical, behavioral...or medical. Whether your character is injured in a car crash, poisoned, knocked unconscious, or comes down with the flu, it’s critical to get the details right.

Like a first responder, this class is on the scene to help you resuscitate realism in your medical scenes. This will be a crash course on how to avoid making the most common mistakes and how to get the facts for whatever you inflict on your characters in the future.

This class will cover:

  • From ambulance to admission, how your character actually ends up in the hospital;
  • What happens while your character is inpatient (from blood work and imaging, to iv’s - especially iv’s!!! - and hospital food);
  • The different kinds of medications, treatments, and timelines for characters to recover from a wide range of illnesses and injuries;
  • The truth about knocking your character unconscious: how, how long, and what the short- and long-term consequences are;
  • From birth to death, clinical procedures and protocols;
  • How to research medical information and get it right in your descriptions.

At the end of the class, we will have an open Q&A sessions where you can ask about medical scenarios for your characters.

A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

About the Instructor:

Cait Reynolds is a USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in the Boston area with her husband and four-legged fur child. She discovered her passion for writing early and has bugged her family and friends with it ever since. When she isn’t cooking, running, rock climbing, or enjoying the rooftop deck that brings her closer to the stars, she writes. http://caitreynolds.com

 

Price: $40.00

Date: August 16, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

OMG, Like How to Write Fleek YA

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $40.00 USD

Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom

When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST

As long as there are teenagers, there will be a demand for angst-ridden, unabashedly romantic YA fiction.

Whether the story is paranormal, dystopian, fantasy, or everyday literary, YA demands the author walk a tightrope between realistically capturing the young adult voice and meeting some very grown-up standards in terms of plot, characters, and style.

Who wants to sound like a tax-paying grownup with a minivan pathetically trying to sound like a teen? Yeah. No one. But it happens ALL the time.

This class will discuss some of the critical issues in crafting a story and characters that truly resonate with the YA audience. Topics include:

  • Talking like a teenager without describing like a grown-up (or sounding like a dumb@$$)
  • Tip-toeing through the minefield of sex and swearing
  • Tropes, types, and technology
  • Techniques for getting in the mindset to write a YA POV
  • Teenage-level decision-making skills vs. Too-Dumb-to-Live decisions

A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

About the Instructor

Cait Reynolds is a USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in the Boston area with her husband and four-legged fur child. She discovered her passion for writing early and has bugged her family and friends with it ever since. When she isn’t cooking, running, rock climbing, or enjoying the rooftop deck that brings her closer to the stars, she writes.

Price: $40.00

Date: August 23, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

How to Dominate Your Sex Scenes (No Safe Words Here)

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $45.00 USD

Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom

When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST

Boy meets Girl. Boy and Girl have sex several times, though the scenes all kind of blur together at some point. Girl (or Boy) ends up in trouble at the hands of criminals/jealous ex/drug lord and needs Boy's (or Girl's) rescue.

Boy and Girl have celebratory sex and live happily ever after.

Sound all too familiar?

Maybe like the tens of thousands of schlocky "Schlongs of Shanghai" titles all competing for KENP (Kindle pages read) and the top 1,000 ranking on Amazon?

But, there's no denying that erotica is one of the hottest genres around and has a very real place in literature. Yet, to write a work of erotica that provides both the escapist fantasy that readers want while creating a fast-paced story with memorable characters and riveting, unique sex scenes is probably harder than trying to find that billionaire cowboy with six-pack abs who's into ménage-a-trois.

This class will not be for the faint of heart or those who blush easily!

We are going to tackle the nitty gritty of the erotica genre as a whole and sex scenes in particular…and use ALL the words in our discussions!

Topics covered include:

  • When to introduce sex into the story and the sex v. plot ratio –
  • Creating chemistry in one easy step
  • Decisions, decisions: Purple prose v. crass cusswords –
  • How to avoid the cookie-cutter Alpha male (and corresponding Mary Sue female) –
  • Keeping the sex fresh, interesting, and unique in every single scene - How realistic to make sex in any given scene v. how much detail is TMI, even for your readers?
  • What really makes a scene sexy?
  • What makes a story sexy?

About the Instructor

Cait Reynolds is a USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in the Boston area with her husband and four-legged fur child. She discovered her passion for writing early and has bugged her family and friends with it ever since. When she isn’t cooking, running, rock climbing, or enjoying the rooftop deck that brings her closer to the stars, she writes.

Price: $45.00

Date: August 30, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

More Than Gore---How to Write Horror

Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $35 USD
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: TUESDAY September 5th, 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 9:00 P.M. EST

Humans have always been fascinated with what scares them which is why horror fiction is a staple genre. It is also, quite possibly, the most challenging genre to write. Giant bugs and chainsaws just don't get the screams they used to.

Blood, guts, gore and shock factor are low-hanging fruit (and always have been) and worse than that? They simply don't have the impact they used to.

Audiences are too desensitized. This means we need to work harder to dig in and poke at what REALLY frightens/disturbs people.

Though this genre is extremely challenging to write well, there is an upside. The horror genre lends itself well to the short form (novellas and short stories).

Believe it or not, some of our staple horror movies--and the BEST horror movies---were actually adaptations of short stories and novellas (1408 by Stephen King and Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker being two examples).

Meaning, if you want to go Hollywood? Hollywood loooooves horror.

In this class we will cover:

  • The science behind fear and why people crave it. Why fear is even healthy!
  • Psychology of fear, thus how to locate the pain points.
  • Why audiences are craving MORE horror (Yes, this actually does go in cycles).
  • The different types of horror fiction.
  • The importance of character in horror.
  • How horror can actually resonate much like literary fiction.
  • How to generate page-turning tension that will leave readers with a story they can't stop thinking about...and that might even give them nightmares.

 

Price: $35.00

Date: September 5, 2017

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
$200.00 USD Gold Level
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When:   THURSDAY September 7th 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: September 7, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Beyond Lipstick and Swords: Writing Strong Female Characters

Class Title: Beyond Lipstick and Swords: Creating Strong Female Characters

Price: $40

Start Date: September 9, 2017 – 2PM Toronto Time (EST)

Instructor Name: Lisa Hall-Wilson

Length: 2hrs

Where: WANA Classroom

What if the female characters in our books were like…real women?

Want to create strong female characters with depth and vitality but avoid clichés and tired tropes? This class will explore the pitfalls and old ruts writers fall into when creating strong female characters, and what to strive for instead. Because what if your character doesn’t wield a sword or own a power suit – are they still strong?

Learn what’s missing from many depictions of strong female characters and how to write them in a realistic way even if you’re writing fantasy! Joss Whedon isn’t the only one who can write strong female characters – and Wonder Woman isn’t the only type of strong female character you can write.

Some of what you’ll learn:

  • what makes women strong
  • making female warriors believable
  • shaping societal forces
  • women are not men
  • women in community
  • character agency

Lisa Hall-Wilson is an award-winning journalist and novelist, and writing teacher. She grew up watching and reading about women like Wonder Woman, Princess Allura, Jo March, She-Ra, Catherine Chandler, Jessica Fletcher, and other less notable characters. After realizing she was repeating all of the tired tropes and stereotypes she hated, Lisa spent months studying strong female characters and learning what makes them authentic and real.

How This Class Works…

After registering, you’ll be sent an email confirmation which will provide you with login information for the online classroom we'll be using. This class will be recorded so if you're not able to make it in person you'll have the recording within two or three days. Come prepared with a sense of humor and a notepad. Yes, this class will be recorded if you can't make it live, but you want to be there!

About the Instructor

Lisa Hall-Wilson is an Award-Winning Author and Journalist and she LOVES to mentor writers. She’s been a freelance writer for ten years turning her love of words into an income. Her passion is to help beginning writers hone their skills and become published storytellers, so look for her classes to go beyond basics and challenge you.

Price: $40.00

Date: September 9, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Villains & Anti-Heroes---The Characters We Love & Hate

Class: Villains & Anti-Heroes---The Characters We Love & Hate
Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $45 USD
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th 7:00-9:00 P.M. EST (NYC Time)

Villains and anti-heroes can be some of the most challenging, yet most enjoyable characters to write.  Popular movies and fiction are packed full of these kinds of characters. Villains and anti-heroes resonate, tapping into our darker natures.

Deadpool, The Punisher, Dexter, Walter White (Breaking Bad), Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and Riddick return time and again to thrill and chill and make us question why we're rooting for them…but…we are!

Great villains are always the heroes of their own stories, which is why we can't get enough of Darth Vader, The Emperor, Joker, and 92% of the characters in Game of Thrones or again…Dr. Hannibal Lecter (opinions vary as to whether he is a villain or anti-hero).

This class will cover:

  • How to create villains with depth (no mustache-twirling allowed).
  • How to generate goal/conflict/and motivation with resonance.
  • How to create anti-heroes that are dark, bad, brooding, crazy or utterly selfish…but audiences can still root for them. What is the line between anti-hero and unlikable jerk?
  • How to use the reflection of the villain or the anti-hero to craft the perfect adversary.
  • Ways to generate empathy for both villain and anti-hero.

Price: $45.00

Date: September 12, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Hooking the Reader---Your First Five Pages

Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $40.00 USD Bronze Level/$65.00 USD Gold Level/$95.00 USD Platinum Level
Where: WANA Virtual Classroom
When: Thursday September 14th, 2017 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 two hours long, 90 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes for Q&A.

When we query we are LUCKY to get 5 pages. The reason? Any seasoned editor can tell exactly what is wrong (or right) with just a handful of pages. I know I can diagnose virtually every issue with a book in 20 pages or less, which is why I am also offering these upgrades...

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: September 14, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Elements of Literary Fiction: How to Write Character-Driven Stories

Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $40.00 USD
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: TUESDAY September 19th 7:00 P.M. EST-9:00 P.M. EST

Not all writers desire to write genre fiction and, instead, long to write a "character-driven" story. Stories that explore humanity, our flaws and strengths, that highlight/analyze greater issues are literary staples. This could be general fiction or even literary fiction (which do crossover but not always).

This class is also extremely useful for adding greater depth into commercial fiction.

The "character-driven" story can be one of the most difficult types of fiction to write, namely because this type of fiction and its requirements are vastly misunderstood.

In this class we will cover:

  • Why even "character-driven" stories still require plot structure.
  • How to create a core plot problem (the crucible) that fires out weakness and drives the character arc.
  • How to create characters readers will bond with, root for and remember.
  • The difference in structure for commercial genre fiction versus literary (character-driven) fiction.
  • Why navel gazing is not story.
  • How to harness inner demons and use plot to bring them to the surface.
  • Why lecturing is not story.
  • How to examine deeper issues (culture, religion, society, etc) without our story devolving to thinly veiled "preaching/lecturing."

A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

About the Instructor:

Kristen LambKristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She’s just released her debut thriller The Devil’s Dance.

Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.

Price: $40.00

Date: September 19, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Social Media for Writers

Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $35
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st 7:00-9:00 P.M. EST (NYC Time)

Regardless the publishing path you take, branding is essential for authors. A solid social media platform is critical in the digital age where brick and mortar stores are closing and digital purchasing is increasing. For authors, our platform is our lifeline.

We can cultivate a fan base before a book is ever released and then, later, use that connection to keep fan fires burning between books.

This class is all about working smarter not working harder because there are a lot of choices. At the end of the day, you need time left to do your NUMBER ONE JOB.

Write more books.

Blogs, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, G+ on and on. So many platforms and only so much time. How do you choose? Where should you spend your time? Which social sites are the best for your particular personality? Style? Genre? Where are you most likely to discover and cultivate your audience?

This class is a beginner's course on how to use social media. I am not about One Size Fits All. Social Media Snuggies don't work and they won't sell books and they sure won't endure any major shifts on-line.

This class will educate you on all the options and what you need and what you don't. A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

Price: $35.00

Date: September 21, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

When Your Name Alone Can SELL---Branding for Authors

Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $35
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: THURSDAY September 28th 7:00 P.M. EST---9:00 P.M. EST

The single largest challenge all writers face in the digital age is discoverability. In a sea of infinite choices, connecting with our audience can be a nightmare. Our brand is our lifeline.

What is a brand? How do we create one? How do we entice an overwhelmed and distracted audience to connect and care?

How do we develop this brand over time? How can we make this brand resilient to upheavals? How can this brand then grow and evolve as we grow and evolve?

Too many authors are overworked on social media because action is energy and their energies are unfocused. Energy can either be diffused like white light or it can be a laser that can cut through steel. This class will train you to understand the author brand in a way you've never seen before.

This class will help you create your brand. A brand is when your name alone has the power to drive sales. If your name is doing the selling? You don't have to.

This class will come with a worksheet to help you customize your brand to your goals. A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

 

Price: $35.00

Date: September 28, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Blogging for Authors

Class Title: Blogging for Authors
Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $50 USD Standard
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: THURSDAY OCTOBER 5th, 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 9:00 P.M. EST

Blogging is one of the most powerful forms of social media. Twitter could flitter and Facebook could fold but the blog will remain so long as we have an Internet. The blog has been going strong since the 90s and it's one of the best ways to establish a brand and then harness the power of that brand to drive book sales.

The best part is, done properly, a blog plays to a writer's strengths. Writers write.

The problem is too many writers don't approach a blog properly and make all kinds of mistakes that eventually lead to blog abandonment. Many authors fail to understand that bloggers and author bloggers are two completely different creatures.

This class is going to cover:

  • How author blogs work. What's the difference in a regular blog and an author blog?
  • What are the biggest mistakes/wastes of time?
  • How can you effectively harness the power of algorithms (no computer science degree required)?
  • What do you blog about? What topics will engage readers and help create a following?
  • How can you harness your author voice using a blog?
  • How can a blog can help you write leaner, meaner, faster and cleaner?
  • How do you keep energized years into your blogging journey?
  • How can a blog help you sell more books?
  • How can you cultivate a fan base of people who love your genre?

Blogging doesn't have to be hard. This class will help you simplify your blog and make it one of the most enjoyable aspects of your writing career.

NOW OFFERING BLOGGING GOLD!

Includes the class (recording included free in purchase price) PLUS one hour with me one-on-one discussing your brand and your blog. How can you connect to and cultivate YOUR readers?

Price: $50.00

Date: October 5, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

 

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