“Anatomy of a Scene: Activating Setting” ONLINE with Charlotte Gullick

Setting is the hidden tool in the writer’s took kit – learn to use it with more precision. https://www.writersleague.org/calendar/anatomy-of-a-scene-activating-setting-online-with-charlotte-gullick/

Setting has the potential to energize plot, deepen tension, and reveal character nuances. Yet, many of us overlook this rich aspect … Continue reading

“Double Talk: Making Dialogue Work for You” ONLINE with Jeramey Kraatz

Join us as author and scriptwriter Jeramey Kraatz discusses the importance of dynamic dialogue and the vital role it plays in writing. https://www.writersleague.org/calendar/double-talk-making-dialogue-work-for-you-online-with-jeramey-kraatz/

On its surface, dialogue might seem like the easiest thing in the world to write. After all, … Continue reading

“Launch to Success: Self Publishing in 2021” ONLINE with Deanna Roy

The best methods for releasing a self-published book change radically every year. https://www.writersleague.org/calendar/launch-to-success-self-publishing-in-2021-online-with-deanna-roy/

Whether you are working on your very first book or are about to launch your latest title, in this class we will review:

  • Changes in the self-publishing
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“Mining the World for Meaning: How to Move Beyond the Personal in Memoir” ONLINE with Donna M. Johnson

In this workshop, we will dig deep into our personal narratives while looking outside of ourselves for ideas, events and motifs that link our experiences with larger threads of meaning. We will explore how associative thinking, research, reflection and personal … Continue reading

“Crafting a Nonfiction Book Proposal” ONLINE with Jessica Wilbanks

Demystify the nonfiction book proposal process. 

Unlike fiction manuscripts, which are normally completed in full prior to being sold to an editor, nonfiction books are often sold “on proposal.” This class is designed to demystify the process of writing a … Continue reading

“Drama in the Details: A Day in the Life in Historical Fiction” ONLINE with Sherri L. Smith

Are you writing a World War II adventure novel? A Victorian romance? A 1950s noir? Answer one question: What did your protagonist have for breakfast, and where?

It’s the small details of everyday living that really bring historical fiction to … Continue reading

“Character Driven and Intricately Plotted Mysteries” ONLINE with Sherry Thomas

Learn an approach to mystery writing that focuses on characters and conflict rather than figuring out your plot in advance. http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/MysteriesThomas2021

Bestselling author Sherry Thomas shares her secrets for building a well-paced, well-structured mystery organically, by drawing on what a … Continue reading

“The Art of Freelance Writing” ONLINE with Alex Temblador

Want to see your name in a prominent newspaper or magazine? Are you interested in building a career out of your passion for writing? http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/FreelanceWritingTemblador2021

Whether you want to moonlight as a part-time writer to make extra money on the … Continue reading

“Revision Essentials: Finding the Right Technique for Your Work” ONLINE with Sanderia Faye

Find the right revision technique for you. http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/RevisionFaye2020

In this revision workshop, students will learn methods of self-editing for writers. Most writers (even professional ones) face blocks when it comes to revising. Together, we will learn methods that actually work.… Continue reading

“It’s All in the Details: Tapping into Visceral Imagery” ONLINE with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Learn how to move readers with the details. 

In this course, with Houston’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, you will practice honing in your ability to heighten your voice by curating new details. Whether poem or short story, the Devil is in … Continue reading

“Caressing the Flame: Writing the Difficult” ONLINE with ire’ne lara silva

Learn strategies for writing about the hard stuff. 

Whether we’re writing from personal experience or on behalf of our characters going through difficult life experiences, it can be challenging to write poetry or prose that is alive, present, authentic, and … Continue reading

“Borrowing from Other Genres” ONLINE with Erika T. Wurth

What better way to hone your craft than to explore the best of other genres? http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/BorrowingOtherGenresWurth2020

Whether you’re writing realism, literary fiction, science-fiction or fantasy, speculative or a thriller, it’s important to know how to imaginatively build the world your … Continue reading

“Anatomy of a Scene: A Deep Dive into Dialogue” ONLINE with Stacey Swann

Register before Wednesday, September 30 for the chance to submit your scene for workshopping. http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/DeepDiveintoDialogueSwann2020

This class is a part of the Anatomy of a Scene Class Package.

Talent for dialogue is not an inborn skill. Anyone can learn to Continue reading

“Anatomy of a Scene: Getting Intimate” ONLINE with Tracy Wolff

Register before Wednesday, September 23 for the chance to submit your scene for workshopping. http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/GettingIntimateWolff2020

This class is a part of the Anatomy of a Scene Class Package.

Learning how to write (and grow) intimacy between your characters will revolutionize Continue reading