Can't seem to choose between pirate princesses and bulletproof Barbies? We don't blame you, so you don't have to!
With the Dangerous Dames BUNDLE get both classes and SAVE MONEY.
Purchased separately, each class is $45. Go for BOTH and get $90 of instruction for ONLY $75. You also get to spend a HUGE part of the day with ME (Kristen Lamb) and my partner in crime Cait Reynolds.
Please don't hold that against us...
Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
ROUND ONE: 11:30 AM EST to 1:30 EST
ROUND TWO: 2:00 PM EST to 4:00 PM EST
***RECORDINGS INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE
ROUND ONE WITH CAIT REYNOLDS: Ye Olde Femme Fight Club
Beyond the Princess Prodigy: Strong Females in Fantasy and Historical
Instructor: Cait Reynolds
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: Saturday, June 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
There's something dashingly defiant and alluring about a proper young lady who throws caution (and often her petticoats) to the wind and picks up a sword to fight for what she believes in.
Whether it's Eowyn from Lord of the Rings or Elizabeth (Badass) Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we all love that moment when a woman rises up to prove she's more than society ever expected her to be.
Yet the market today is flooded with fantasy and historical that carry more trope baggage than Marie Antoinette for a long weekend at the Petit Trianon (sheep not included).
In fantasy, there are girls raised in servitude who suddenly discover their magical powers and royal heritage and must (really quickly) learn to wield swords and spells in order to save the kingdom.
Historical often isn't much better, taking naive nineteen year-olds and turning them into near-legendary brigands, highwaymen, and pirates within the space of a few months.
Lack of believability, lack of character depth and arc, and lack of world-building/historical knowledge are the three major pitfalls when creating Ye Olde Action Heroine.
Luckily, this class will give writers a map with all literary here-be-hippogriffs clearly marked. Whether your gal is besieged by dragons, in a castle under siege, or in a castle under siege by dragons, this class can help!
This class will cover:
- En Garde! Choosing her weapons wisely;
- Ye Olde Fight Club: getting real about time & training;
- Why, How, and When: how to realistically get her on the path from baking to badassery;
- Hard Knocks: how to use failure and lack of skill mastery to create compelling character arcs;
- The Joan of Arc trap: how to avoid creating miracles and martyrs (unless you really mean it);
- The Pirate Bride: defining femininity in fantasy and historical in order 'rebel' against it;
- Consequences: what are the short- and long-term consequences of flouting convention?
- World Building & Re-Building: getting fantasy and historical settings right for your characters;
- And so much more...
A recording of this class is also included with purchase.
About the Instructor:
Cait Reynolds is a USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in Boston area with her husband and neurotic dog. She discovered her passion for writing early and has bugged her family and friends with it ever since. She likes history, science, Jack Daniels, jewelry, pasta, and solitude. Not all at the same time. When she isn’t enjoying the rooftop deck that brings her closer to the stars, she writes.
ROUND TWO WITH KRISTEN LAMB: Hello to Haymaker Heroines!
Beyond Bulletproof Barbie: Strong Female Characters for a Modern World
Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: Saturday, June 16, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
Female characters have evolved from 'damsel in distress' to the 'hardcore badass.' Problem is, fictional females escaped one boring mold only to end up in another even MORE boring mold.
But with lipgloss AND karate!
Strong female characters fascinate audiences on the page and on the screen. From Atomic Blonde to Wonder Woman, Special Agent Scully to Dr. Laura Isles, women can exude power and danger in a variety of ways.
Sadly, the badass female has devolved into a tired trope with the dimension of a puddle.
This class is to challenge the concept of the dangerous woman as protagonist and antagonist. Creating a powerful woman involves more than handing her weapons, a black belt, and a terminal case of RBF (Resting B$#@% Face).
- Expanding 'who' the dangerous woman IS;
- Still waters run DEEP;
- Broadening backstory;
- Motives matter;
- The 'Tomb Raider' effect;
- Combat, weapons, tactics;
- Expanding her 'arsenal';
- Generating authentic dramatic action/tension;
- Making the dangerous dame 'likable';
- AND MORE...
As an author, competitive shooter, and former combatives instructor, there are few characters I LOVE more than a kickass female action hero. Conversely, fewer things vex me more than the tired cookie-cutter female action hero trope. Women can be powerful in a myriad of ways, beyond hand-to-hand combat and shooting everyone in the FACE.
This said, while we'll explore a wide variety of powerful women, if you long to write that female action hero, this class will (hopefully) make sure you do her justice.
About the Instructor
Kristen 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 highly acclaimed debut mystery-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.