Sunday, October 11, 2009

Last Book in a Week class of 2009

With holidays the way they are, this will be the last Book in a Week class it's practical for me to offer in 2009. The good thing is that it will sort of coincide with NaNoWriMo.

This isn't your typical writing class. I'm told I ask questions people have never had asked before and that it helps them see writing in a whole new way. Some of the projects people have worked on in my classes are already under contract.

The funny thing is, I've also had people let me know it changed how they see life. They are interacting with others differently because so many of the questions that are about writing also apply to how we see life and the people around us.

My goal with my classes is always to help people discover who they are as writers and how they write best and what works for their books. Running through all of it are ideas that will increase the odds that an editor and/or agent will be interested in their work.

So....if any of that sounds appealing to you or you know someone who might think so here is the information:

  • Book in a Week $75 ($40 if you have taken it before)
  • Dates: October 19, 2009 to November 20, 2009
  • Deadline to sign up: October 16, 2009
    Class size is limited.

Note: All lessons and class discussion are by email so they can be read and responded to at whatever time of day is most convenient for YOU.

Class Description:

Have you started a manuscript and not finished it? Does life or self-doubt seem to get in the way? Do you ever feel as if you're banging your head against the wall trying to write a book someone will want to buy? Would you like help brainstorming elements of your story? Explore the possibilities of who you can be as a writer? Would you like to write better, faster and more easily than you ever have before?

Book in a Week is a process that will help you get organized, learn techniques that make YOUR writing easier, faster, better and more FUN! Learn who YOU are as a writer and what works best for YOU. Discover the elements that make a compelling story. Write that book you've been wanting to write—and do it faster than you ever thought possible!

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.

Weeks 1-3:

  • Preparing to write the first draft of a book in one week
  • Creating compelling characters or how to write about real people in nonfiction
  • Planning plot elements or structure in a nonfiction book
  • Significance of names
  • Effective paragraph and sentence structure
  • Using imagery and sensory detail to add impact
  • Writing effective dialogue
  • Creating a productive writing environment
  • Enlisting the support of those around you
  • Mentally gearing yourself up to write faster (and better) than you thought you could

Week 4: Intensive Writing Week (November 7, 2009 through November 15, 2009)

This is about discovering how writing fits into YOUR life. You can't do it wrong. You won't fail. No matter what happens you will discover more about yourself as a writer than you thought possible during that ONE WEEK of writing!

Week 5:

  • Evaluating the writing experience itself
  • Making revisions
  • Sending out material

Payment for the class may be made by check or by Paypal. To sign up send an email to April 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 cost is an issue, please let me know and on a case by case basis we may be able to work something out. Note: If you do not get a response back from me, please try emailing me at April2. Unfortunately email does sometimes simply disappear into cyberspace.