Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New date for Book in a Week class

I've rescheduled the Book in a Week class to start September 30 (full details of class in blog post below. This means that the class will end November 9 and the two intensive writing weeks will be October 20 to November 4. Deadline to sign up will be September 28.

 Note: I realize this coincides with both the NJRW and NINC conferences. The NJRW conference, however, falls during one of the "quieter" and more laid back weeks of the class. The NINC conference falls during the writing weeks but the class now does include TWO writing weeks rather than one so there's still plenty of time to write.

 Why take my Book in a Week class? Every writer's brain works a little differently. The more you know about what works for YOU, the easier it is to write and the better you can write. By the end of this class you'll have a pretty good idea when and where and how you write best AND what kind of brainstorming ahead of time is most useful to YOU.

 My goal is to suggest ways to brainstorm and think about your book that you won't see anywhere else. My goal is also to help you recognize your own unique strengths and how to work with them.

 As I said, details about cost, how to sign up, etc. are in the blog post below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Note that this will probably be the last Book in a Week class in 2012 because it's too hard to schedule in November and December due to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Next Book in a Week online class


 It's time for another Book in a Week class! Based on response to the last two classes, it's clear that people prefer having 2 weeks to write and therefore a 6 week class so that's what I'm offering again this September 2012. Here are the details.


Cost: $85 ($45 if you have taken it before)
 Dates: September 16, 2012 to October 26, 2012
Deadline to sign up: September 14, 2012 (though I do sometimes take people at the last minute if there is still room in the class)
Lessons: Everything is handled via email so that you can do the work at your convenience.
Class size is limited.

 Payment for the class may be made by check or by PayPal. To sign up send an email to with the title of the class you wish to take in the header and in the body of the email please put: your name and whether you prefer to pay by check or PayPal. Also, please let me know if you have taken the class before. Note: If you do not get a response back from me, please try emailing me at Unfortunately email does sometimes simply disappear into cyberspace.

Class Description: This class will take you through every step of the writing process—from beginning to brainstorm all the way through sending material out to be published. And it will help you discover who YOU are as a writer. You can participate as much or as little as you like in email discussions.

 Weeks 1-3: This is when you do the prep work with lessons that are designed to get you thinking in new ways about your project. Among other things, I'll cover characters and book structure, imagery and use of names, POV and how to make sentence and paragraph structure work for you. If you choose, you can post answers and get help brainstorming ideas for your book but NO ONE is required to do so!

 Weeks 4 and 5: Intensive Writing Weeks (October 6, 2012 through October 21, 2012)This is your chance to write better and faster than you ever have before, to discover what YOUR natural first draft will look like and ways to fit writing into your life that you may never have thought of before.

 Week 6: Here's your chance to look at the experience of weeks 4 and 5 and use it to create a writing method that works for YOU and is tailored to your most natural writing style. We'll also look at how to revise your work in the fastest, most effective way possible and I'll be sharing some of my thoughts on query letters, synopses, etc.

 Does BIAW work? Well, a number of people who have taken this class are now published or under contract and/or finalled in or won contests with material they worked on during my classes!

 Bio: April Kihlstrom is an award winning author of 31 published romance novels (32 as of October 2012). She offers coaching to fellow writers as well as classes and workshops on writing and has spoken at many conferences including: the Romance Writers of America national conference (romance) and the East of Eden conference (non-romance).

 Testimonials from students who have taken the Book in a Week class: 

 Flo Fitzpatrick wrote: "I hope you get a ton of students, April! ONE OF THE BEST WORKSHOPS I EVER TOOK!!!! (It enabled me to write Hot Stuff in a week - and that book received four and half stars - Gold on RT Reviews and is under option for film.) TAKE THIS CLASS, PEOPLE!!!!"

 “I have taken several online classes, none of them writing related. Still, none of them have been as well planned, documented and executed as BIAW.”

 “Wow...Let me begin by saying Thank you Thank you Thank you! What an amazing process and generous amount of information given in a relatively short amount of time!”

 “This course was certainly value for the money. A price can't be placed on the invaluable information and experience you imparted during this course.”

 “I'm a better writer. I'm a faster writer. I'm a more confident writer.”