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“Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.”   
— Jack London

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Coming December 8, 2022
Write Great Dialogue

Instructor: Sharon Short

Dialogue can be one of the most interesting parts of a book to read, but only if it is done right. Sharpen your writing skills and challenge yourself to craft engaging, yet believable dialogue that will keep your readers interested. When you take this online writing workshop you’ll discover how to write dialogue that advances your story’s plot. Plus, examine examples, formats, and tips for writing dialogue. Build your creative skills through weekly lectures, reading and writing assignments, and group critiques. You can also expect to read Write Great Fiction: Dialogue by Gloria Kempton. By the end of this workshop, you will have all the tools and resources you need to create convincing dialogue.

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Coming December 8, 2022
Fundamentals of Fiction

Instructor: G. Miki Hayden

Have an amazing story idea, but need to learn the basics of how to write a book? Creating a story that is dynamic and engaging takes a lot more than just setting aside an hour every day to write.

This course will take you through all of the basics of writing a novel, including how important it is to choose a great setting, how to build characters, what point of view you should choose, how to write great dialogue, and more.

Learn the ins and outs of how to write a book with our course and get your story to jump off the page!

Link: REGISTER NOW!

 

Coming December 8, 2022
Grammar and Mechanics

Instructor: Kelly Boyer Sagert

Do you remember the difference between the 8 parts of speech and how to use them? Are you comfortable with punctuation and mechanics?

No matter what type of writing you do, mastering the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics is an important first step to having a successful writing career.

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Coming December 8, 2022
Showing vs. Telling

Instructor: Terri Valentine

Session One: Creating a Dynamic Concept
Session Two: Compelling Characters
Session Three: The Right Voice for the Right Story
Session Four: The Three-Act Plot Structure
Session Five: Showing Your Style
Session Six: How Theme Drives Plot

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Coming December 15, 2022
12 Weeks to a First Draft

Instructor: Mark Spencer

Dive into the world of writing and learn all 12 steps needed to complete a first draft. In this writing course you will tackle the steps to writing a book, learn effective writing techniques along the way, and of course, begin writing your first draft.

You’ll take an in-depth look at Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird as well as more contemporary novels such as Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. When you take this course, you will learn invaluable tips on writing a book and receive detailed instruction through weekly lessons and writing assignments.

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Coming December 22, 2022
Advanced Novel Writing

Instructor: Terri Valentine

Push yourself beyond your comfort zone and take your writing to new heights with this novel writing course, designed specifically for novelists who are looking for detailed feedback on their work. When you take this online course, you won’t have weekly reading assignments or lectures. Instead, you’ll get to focus solely on completing your novel.

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Coming December 22, 2022
Form and Composition

Instructor: Kelly Boyer Sagert

Proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics make your writing correct. In order to truly write well, you must also master the art of form and composition. From sentence structure to polishing your prose, this course will enhance your writing, no matter what type of writing you do.

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Coming December 24, 2022
Build Your Novel Scene By Scene

Instructor: Mark Spenser

If you want to learn how to write a story, but aren’t quite ready yet to hunker down and write 10,000 words or so a week, this is the course for you. Build Your Novel Scene by Scene will offer you the impetus, the guidance, the support, and the deadline you need to finally stop talking, start writing, and, ultimately, complete that novel you always said you wanted to write.

We’ll walk through the entire novel-writing process together, from day one to a completed draft. To begin, we’ll think about whether or not your novel concept can sustain 200+ pages. We’ll spend time doing the important work of outlining and assessing the narrative arc of your story. We’ll think more deeply about your characters, their desires, and their motivations. Then, the bulk of these next few weeks will be spent writing your novel scene by scene by scene.

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Coming January 5, 2023
How to Get Published
land a book deal in 2023

Instructor: Jane Friedman

If you want to get your book traditionally published in 2023-be it fiction, nonfiction, a children’s book, or memoir-increase your chances by knowing how to evaluate the commercial potential of your work and learning the best way to approach editors, agents, and publishers.

Book publishing is undergoing a dramatic transformation as e-book sales increase and physical bookstores decrease in number. These changes affect the traditional book deals that get made-meaning that authors have to adjust their strategies to adapt to a risk-averse and uncertain industry.

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Coming January 17, 2023
Data Visualization
LIVE ONLINE COURSE ON GIVING MEANING TO COMPLEX DATA

Instructor: Kevin Hartman — Chief Analytics Evangelist, Google

Learn how to unlock value from data with crystal clear visualizations — and create an end-to-end data story for a real business!

Join Kevin Hartman, Google, for this hands-on exploration of effective data visualization and storytelling.

Link: REGISTER NOW!

 

Coming June 8, 2023
Writers’ Police Academy
June 8 – 11, 2023 – Green Bay, Wisconsin

Writers’ Police Academy

REGISTRATION is scheduled to open in January 2023!

The 2022 Writers’ Police Academy offers a unique opportunity for attendees to participate in many of the same hands-on training classes – basic and advanced – taught to Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, and Corrections personnel. The 2023 event features a special tract focued on homicide investigations. These incredibly exciting cutting-edge sessions are typically reserved only for professionals. Until now.

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Ongoing Classes

Author Platform

How to build an author platform

By IngramSpark Academy — Self-Publishing

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Best Free Online Writing Courses

For Creative Writers, Fiction and Nonfiction

By Tom Corson-Knowles — TCK Publishing

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The Best-Loved Online Writing Courses

By The Novelry

As published authors who love working with writers, we’ve come together at The Novelry to make writing a little less lonely and to indulge our hearty appetites for storytelling. 

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Book Marketing Tips for Authors

16 free videos

By David Gaughran

A book promotion template that anyone can follow. Learn how to create your own marketing plan to put your book into the charts.

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Drexel University Online

low-residency MFA Program

You need a program that’s as passionate about your writing as you are. Drexel University’s low-residency, two-year MFA in Creative Writing helps you grow as a writer in a supportive creative community – while letting you complete most of the career-focused curriculum online through workshops, reading tutorials, and one-on-one packet exchanges with notable published writers.

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FREE Creative Writing Course

By About Writing

Covering plot& structure, character & development, writing effective, attractive prose, editing your work.

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FREE Creative Writing Courses

learning to write better fiction

By Keith Crawford

Would you like to write better stories? Create compelling characters? Bring your scenes to life?

We will cover plot & structure, character & development, writing effective, attractive prose, editing your work, and whatever else I fancy.

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FREE Short Publishing Courses

learn something new every week

By Reedsy Learning

Taught by experienced authors and publishing professionals, these free online writing courses and publishing classes have been prepared with your busy life in mind. Over a few minutes each day, you will join thousands of authors in learning how to write better, publish smarter, and sell more books.

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FREE Writing Courses

By Writers Write

Try one of our fabulous free courses. Create a writing habit.

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FREE Writing Courses

By Reedsy Learning

Select a topic, browse our lessons and enroll on a free 10-day course.

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Interlochen Writing Program

discover interlochen online

Hone your skills and discover new talents in an immersive online experience.

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Learn WordPress

WordPress.org

Whether you’re a first-time blogger or seasoned developer, there’s always more to learn. From community members all over the world, these vast resources will help you learn more about WordPress and share it with others.

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Online Classes from Writer’s Digest University

tell fascinating tales with our online writing workshops!

Whether you’re writing for publication, extra money, or to tell personal stories, Writer’s Digest University can help you get your writing career underway. Our expert instructors will provide advice, specific instruction, real-world experience, expertise, and the motivation and drive to help you achieve your goals. 

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Online Creative Writing Courses

Write Fiction They Can’t Put Down

Have you ever felt addicted to a book, so that you didn’t want to stop reading? Would you like to make your own fiction that addictive?

This 8-week course will put the tools in your hands.

INSTRUCTOR: Irresistible Fiction is taught by Nancy Strauss

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Online Writer Workshops

Find, share, propose, and request online writer workshops offered by writing organizations.

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Self-Publishing

How to self-publish

By IngramSpark Academy — Self-Publishing

Learn how to self-publish a book with a better understanding of where self-publishing stands today, the benefits of self-publishing, the book publishing process, and what you need to self‑publish professionally.

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Storytelling

learn storytelling step by step

By Barbara Vance

Learn how to self-publish a book with a better understanding of where self-publishing stands today, the benefits of self-publishing, the book publishing process, and what you need to self‑publish professionally.

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Writing Webinars Hosted By CNF

By Creative Nonfiction

Webinars are open to writers at all levels. New webinars are announced regularly, so check back often or sign up for our newsletter.

Now Enrolling: Webinars run at 2 pm eastern time.

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