Sunday, 30 December 2018

Writer's University

With details of upcoming courses, here is the latest information from Writer's University:


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Our writing online workshops cover every aspect of writing, from how to get started all the way to getting your writing published. Writer’s Digest University features writing classes online for every skill level of writer and our professional instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your writing goals.
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Courses Starting This Week:

Character Development
Instructor: Gloria Kempton
When you take this online writing course, you will learn how to create believable fiction characters and construct scenes with emotional depth and range.

Creativity and Expression
Instructor: Elizabeth Huergo
When you take this online workshop, you’ll explore creative writing topics and learn how descriptive writing can breathe life into your characters, setting, and plot. If you are a beginner writing this is the perfect course to help you develop your creative skills!

Focus on the Short Story
Instructor: John DeChancie
Whether you are a writing novice or a published professional, the short story genre is a unique and challenging medium that offers you amazing opportunities. By the end of this workshop, you’ll improve your creative writing skills and write two complete short stories.

Freelance Writing for Parents
Instructor: Carolyn Walker
Have you wanted to become a writer, but let your busy life as a parent get in the way of writing? Here’s your chance to launch a freelance writing career – and complete writing jobs from home. By the end of this workshop, you’ll feel confident in your ability to write, research, and pitch ideas.

Grammar and Mechanics
Instructor: Kelly Boyer Sagert
Grammar is an important first-step to having a successful writing career. After completing this course, you will become a master of the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics.

Writing the Romance Novel
Instructor: Elizabeth Delisi
Do you yearn to write a romantic story? If so, you need to know what sets romance writing apart from other types of fiction. This workshop will help you to understand the specific factors that make up the specialized world of romantic fiction.

Writing the Young Adult Novel
Instructor: Holly Alder
During this course you will learn everything you need to know for writing young adult fiction, including what readers look for, the importance of plot, theme, and setting, how to craft entertaining dialogue, and much more.




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How to Craft Query Letters and Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed Boot Camp


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When your submission materials – a query letter, synopsis, manuscript, or book proposal – arrive in an agent's inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent (or the agent’s assistant) will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with a rejection.

Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories when submitting materials: they try too hard, or not enough. This Writer’s Digest Boot Camp is designed to help you streamline your submission materials to stand out in a good way.

Attendees will learn how to write a dynamite query letter, tackle a one-page synopsis (for fiction) and a book proposal (for nonfiction). The instructing literary agents will also explain the importance of author platform in addition to basic etiquette in dealing with an agent and manuscript basics.

Lastly, all attendees will have an opportunity to interact one-on-one with an agent and submit ten double-spaced pages of materials (in any combination--query, synopsis, book proposal, first pages of your manuscript) for valuable feedback provided by successful literary agents.

Here's How it Works:

On January 15, you will gain access to a special 60-minute online tutorial presented by literary agents Kimberley Cameron and Elizabeth Kracht. This tutorial will provide nuts & bolts advice on how to help you streamline your submission materials—including the query letter, novel synopsis, nonfiction book proposal, and first pages.

After listening to the presentation, attendees will spend the next two days revising materials as necessary. Following the tutorial, writers will have two days in which to log onto the discussion boards and ask your assigned agent critiquer questions related to revising your materials.

The agents will be available for a discussion session from 4-6 p.m. (ET) on both Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17. By end of day (11:59 p.m., ET) on Friday, January 18 attendees will submit up to 10 double-spaced pages for review to their assigned agents. These pages can include any combination of a double-spaced query, a synopsis, a book proposal, or pages of their manuscript.

The agents will spend three weeks reviewing all assigned pages, provide relevant feedback and offer suggestions to help attendees improve upon them.

The agents reserve the right to request more materials if they feel a strong connection to the work and want to read more.

In addition to feedback from agents, attendees will also have access to "Everything You Need to Know About Literary Agents," an on-demand webinar by Chuck Sambuchino.

While we accept requests to work with a specific agent, there are no guarantees that attendees will be matched with their requested agent.

All agents are able to provide critiques for all genres.


Boot Camp Runs: January 15 - 18, 2019

$199.99


About the Agents:

Mary C. Moore
Mary started her career in publishing as a writer. She graduated from Mills College with an MFA in Creative Writing. After freelancing for two years as an editor and writer in non-literary sectors, she began an internship with Kimberley Cameron & Associates with the desire to learn more about the literary business for her own writing. During the internship, she discovered a passion for helping others develop their manuscripts. Now she balances three jobs: writer, editor, and agent, and finds that the experience in each helps and supports the other. She is looking for unusual fantasy, grounded science-fiction, and atypical romance. Strong female characters and unique cultures especially catch her eye. Although she will not consider most nonfiction, stories about traditional dance or pagan culture may interest her. Above all, she is looking for writing that sweeps her away.

Seeking: Fantasy! Science Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers, Historical, Women’s

Lisa Abellera
Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She has studied creative writing, design, and business, earning her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. Diversity in genre fiction is dear to Tricia’s heart. As an agent, Tricia wants to represent authors who reflect diversity and cultures in their work. She specializes in Adult, Young Adult and Middle Grade.

Seeking: Upmarket Fiction, Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Speculative or Medical Science Thrillers, Science Fiction, Fantasy, NA, YA and Middle Grade.

Dorian Maffei
Dorian Maffei began at Kimberley Cameron & Associates as an intern in 2013. She has since become a junior agent and is now looking to build a client list of her own. While she appreciates most fiction that traverses across multiple genres, she is especially interested in magical realism, fabulism, reimagined fairy tales, speculative fiction, literary science fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, unique voices, and innovative storytelling that sometimes veers on the weird. She values work that provokes a deep-rooted connection after the last page, and explores the peculiar within the mundane. Check out her Manuscript Wish List page to get a better understanding of the types of books she gravitates toward.

Seeking: Fiction.

Elizabeth Kracht
Elizabeth Kracht represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist, and writer. Elizabeth's career in publishing took root in Puerto Rico where she completed her BA in English and worked as a copy editor for an English-language newspaper. When she returned to the mainland she found her "vein of gold" in book publishing. She thrives on working closely with authors and researching the potential market for new books.

Seeking: Literary, commercial, women's, thrillers, mysteries, and YA with crossover appeal.

*While we accept requests to work with a specific agent, there are no guarantees that attendees will be matched with their requested agent. All agents are able to provide critiques for all genres.



We are happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
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Step-by-step writing guidance


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Have you always wanted to be a writer? Don't let doubt or fear get the best of you—take a chance and learn how to start writing a book, novel, short story, memoir, or essay.

When you take this online writing workshop, you'll discover your voice, learn the basics of grammar and examine the different types of writing. No matter what type of writing you're planning on crafting—nonfiction or fiction—you'll need guidance along the way.

During this workshop, you can expect to take an in-depth look at Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers, who teaches beginner writers how to start writing a novel or book and what it takes to get published. Draw upon advice from published authors and start your writing career today.

What you'll learn
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Learn the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics
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Learn how to enhance your writing through description and sensory details
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Learn the principles of creative writing
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Learn the types of short nonfiction, including research articles, personal essays, books, and memoirs
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Learn he various forms of fiction including short stories, short-short stories, novellas, and novels
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Learn the importance of editing and rewriting

Who should attend
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Writers who have always been interested in writing but have found it difficult to dedicate the time and/or weren’t sure how or where to start
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Beginning writers who want to explore multiple disciplines to discover what writing style they enjoy most
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Writers looking to kick start their writing with the help of a Published Author

Testimonials
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"Love Gloria. Even though I was a "writers 101 student", I enjoyed this challenging course. Gloria was very knowledgeable and reachable for me. Would recommend her highly." -NL
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"I loved the feedbacks from the professor and her prompt responses. Taking this course showed me my strengths and weaknesses in writing, that I plan to improve on. I would recommend this course." -SE


Thursday, December 20, 2018 - March 14, 2019

$379.99


Instructor: Gloria Kempton
Gloria Kempton has two passions: writing and working with writers. As the daughter of a successful freelance writer, she understood from an early age how to arrange the elements of an effective story so as to connect with readers: an action-filled plot, characters the reader will remember, a setting that enhances the plot, conflict that challenges the protagonist, tension-filled dialogue.

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INVALUABLE FEEDBACK



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 F+W, 10151 Carver Road, Suite 300, Blue Ash, OH, 45242 USA
Get working on your first draft for 2019!


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Dive into the world of writing and learn all 12 steps needed to complete a first draft. In this writing workshop 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 workshop, you will learn invaluable tips on writing a book and receive detailed instruction through weekly lessons and writing assignments.

In the workshop, you will be able to finish either a decently developed half draft (of half of your novel) or a rough “in-progress" full draft. However, you'll learn all the tools needed to complete the full first draft. At the end of this workshop, you will have accomplished every writer's goal – an “in-progress" working first draft.

What you'll learn
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How to use effective writing techniques to start the first draft of your novel
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How to create a 12-week plan for writing a first draft of a novel
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How to weave literary elements such as plot, character, setting, style, exposition, dialogue, and tension within your novel
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How to pace your novel
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How to apply Hemingway’s “Iceberg Theory” and Chekhov’s “Gun Theory” to your writing
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How to maintain a writing routine and set clear goals

Who should attend
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Anyone who wants to learn how to write a novel (any genre)
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Writers who want to learn the 12 elements needed in a rough draft of their novel
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Writers who want to get a solid start on the first draft of their novel
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Aspiring novelists who want a published author to coach them

Testimonials
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"Outstanding teacher! Wonderful course! I accomplished far more than I imagined!" -DH
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"I enjoyed this writing course immensely. The instructor, Miki, went over my work carefully. She marked her suggestions on my writing all the way from beginning to end..." -DM


Thursday, December 13, 2018 - March 7, 2019

$629.99


Instructor: Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer is a professor of English and Creative Writing in the MFA program and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. His short stories and articles have appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines, including The Laurel Review, Short Story, The Chariton Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Z Miscellaneous, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize eight times and has received four Special Mentions in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. He also won the 2003 St. Andrews Press Short Fiction Prize.

EXPERT INSTRUCTORS | CONVENIENT ACCESS
INVALUABLE FEEDBACK



We are happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
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F+W, 10151 Carver Road, Suite 300, Blue Ash, OH, 45242 USA






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