Thursday, 22 March 2018

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Discover how you can write a middle-grade hit!
       


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In this brand new live webinar literary agents Marie and Cari Lamba help you gain a better understanding of the middle-grade novel market, learn tools to help you craft a strong and focused middle-grade novel, and show how to create a top-notch query letter so you can present your work in a professional and exciting way to literary agents. Register today and start writing your hit middle-grade novel.


About the critique
All registrants are invited to submit a 1-page query (250 words max) and the first 5 pages of your middle-grade novel (1,250 words max). Please wait until after the live webinar date to submit your critique materials. This allows you to make changes to your query letter and first 5 pages based on the presentation and will ensure you receive the most helpful critique possible.


What you'll learn
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The important differences between Middle Grade vs. Young Adult
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The elements needed in strong and focused middle-grade manuscripts, plus pitfalls to avoid
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How to write relatable middle-grade themes, characters, and plots
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The various middle-grade subgenres, and how to make sure your book has what those readers demand within those categories


Who should attend
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People currently writing a middle-grade novel or plotting one out
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Writers struggling with revising their middle-grade novel
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Anyone unsure where their novel will fit in the marketplace - is it really a middle grade, or for younger kids, or perhaps it's actually a YA?


Tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT
$89.99


Instructor: Marie and Cari Lamba
Marie is a Literary Agent and Cari is an Associate Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in NYC. Mari is an author of several books and Cari is an experienced bookseller.




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Novelists live and die by reviews, yet uncovering what garners a gushing ovation or blistering takedown is often a mystery. A professional critic lays out what it takes to earn five-star book reviews.   Read More...

















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Welcome to Writer's Digest Literary Lunacy — a bracket for lovers of classic fiction. We want to know: Which of these classic books is the greatest? Who will win? That's up to you. Voting starts today here on the blog and lasts until March 27 at noon. The book with the most cumulative votes will be crowned champion.   See the contenders and vote here.







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By keeping a catalog of published pieces, freelancers can leverage future success when querying editors. Kimberly A. Edwards offers methods for organizing and structuring your list to get more freelance writing projects.   Read More...

















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As a writing critique group member, you walk a hair-thin line between appropriate ruthlessness and inappropriate intrusiveness. So how do you know where the boundaries are before you stumble into them? Here are nine mistakes it's never okay to make.   Read More...







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In this episode of the Writer's Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with author and writing instructor James Scott Bell and shares an inside look at the business strategies writers need to succeed. In this interview, they discuss different aspects of the publishing industry, how to market your short fiction to grow your readership, and more.   Read More...




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Krueger’s unique approach to structure will help you to develop your script organically from initial idea to character, to scene, to the screenplay you have always wanted to write. Plus, learn tricks for getting started, what to do when you get stuck, how to avoid common pitfalls for new screenwriters, and a groundbreaking approach to screenplay formatting that help you stay connected to your instincts even as you explore a new form.

This exclusive pre-conference event kicks off the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference weekend, where more than 1,000 writers will gather in New York City from August 10–12 to learn, network and make strides toward publication.

Register for Jacob Krueger’s Thursday session as a stand-alone ticket, or add it onto your conference registration for just $199. The important thing is simply that you register; Screenwriting for Newbies and Novelists will sell out.








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The Fundamentals of Fiction - course starts Thursday
  


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This workshop will take you through all of the basics of writing a fiction novel. You will learn the importance of setting selection, how to construct relatable characters, deciding on a point of view, how to write amazing dialogue, and much more!


What you'll learn
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Master the basics of plot
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Develop a unique writing style
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Take a look at contemporary and classic fiction books
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Learn how to create dynamic characters your readers can relate to


Who should attend
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Writers who want to learn key components of successful fiction writing and numerous time-tested techniques
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Beginning fiction writers who would like a published author to help guide and coach them as they pursue their writing goals
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Individuals interested in fiction writing (any genre)


Testimonials
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"I found this course to be extremely helpful." -CB
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"Feedback was great and I learned a lot, would gladly recommend this course to anyone looking to write in the fabulous world of fiction!" -BC



March 22 - June 14, 2018
$379.99


Instructor: Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer is the author of Ghost Walking, A Haunted Love Story, Trespassers, and other works. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize eight times and has received four Special Mentions in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.


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