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ATTENTION!
Big-Class Students & Graduates*

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*Members or Graduates of How to Think Sideways, How to Revise Your Novel, or How to Write a Series

The Career Writing Classes for Serious Fiction Writers

How to Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Writers

This is my flagship beginner-to-pro build-your-fiction-career class. 

In 29 weekly lessons, this class covers everything from overcoming the mindsets that keep you from writing to generating ideas, writing your fiction, developing projects, getting and working with with editors and agents and artists or publishing your own work, and so much more.

Serious about selling your fiction? Here’s where you start.

*Qualifying class for Big-Class Student Discounts

How to Revise Your Novel: Get the Book You WANT from the WRECK You Wrote

Between the insane extremes of Never revise your work!” and “You must revise your work a dozen times! ...

...lives the sane middle ground.

Figure out what you imagined. Figure out what you wrote. Figure out what you want the story to become.

And then, following the old adage, “Measure twice, cut once,” revise your story. 

But only once.

*Qualifying class for Big-Class Student Discounts

How to Write a Series: Master the Art of Sequential Fiction

Many readers love series fiction. And so do many writers. 

But between the readers who buy it and the writers who create it lies a minefield of structural disasters, plotting nightmares, development errors, and just plain dumb mistakes that can kill even the best and most-loved series. 

All of these errors are avoidable.

Learn how to write the series you and your readers will love…without crashing it.

*Qualifying class for Big-Class Student Discounts

My Free Introductory Writing Class

How to Write Flash Fiction that Doesn’t SUCK

How To Write Flash Fiction that Doesn’t SUCK

Good flash fiction requires good storytelling...

And good storytelling is NOT stream of consciousness, slice of life, or free-writing. NOT just throwing words on a page and calling that a story. 

The reason most people people think they hate flash fiction is because they’ve never read any real flash fiction. But if you know who O.Henry is, or Fredric Brown, or Aesop, you know what amazing things can happen in just 500 words.  

They were masters of good storytelling… and that's what I’ll teach you how to write in this free three week class… Tell a GOOD story.


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Then you already have this class.

Single-Skill Writing Clinics

Create a
Character Clinic

DESCRIPTION: Fictional characters are not a collection of stats or tics. They’re people whose thoughts, words, and actions make them real to readers.

No fluff, no theory, fun step-by-step process for creating interesting, compelling, people to inhabit your fiction. 

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: Ebook in Kindle, ePub, and printable PDF format, worksheets, discussion forum, site membership.

$9.95

Create a
Plot Clinic

DESCRIPTION: Plotting is giving your characters compelling things to do… then figuring out how the consequences of their actions matter to your story. 

No fluff, no theory, fun step-by-step process for creating fast, flexible, compelling plots. Helps panthers and overplotters.

Level: Beginner through pro. 

Includes: Ebook in Kindle, ePub, and printable PDF format, worksheets, discussion forum, site membership.

$9.95

How to Write
Page-Turning Scenes

DESCRIPTION: You’ve written a scene when something critical to your story changes. Recognizing that change, and why it matters, is where things can get tricky.

No fluff, no theory, fun step-by-step process for writing scenes, that starts with basic exercises and moves to advanced techniques. 

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: Ebook in Kindle, ePub, and printable PDF format, worksheets, discussion forum, site membership.

$9.95

Create a
Language Clinic

WORLDBUILDING I

DESCRIPTION: Whether you need a way to figure out better names for your characters or locations or want to build fiction-usable languages for your stories, this clinic will help you get the job done.

No fluff, no theory, fun step-by-step process for creating naming systems, foreign concepts, and language-based plot conflicts.

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: Ebook in Kindle, ePub, and printable PDF format, worksheets, discussion forum, site membership.

$9.95

Create a
Culture Clinic

WORLDBUILDING II

DESCRIPTION: Whether you simply need to show why your characters’ neighbors don’t get along, or you want to build out two warring species and why they’re at ware, this will get you there.

No fluff, no theory, fun step-by-step process for creating cultural groups, religions, philosophies, and culture-based plot conflicts.

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: Ebook in Kindle, ePub, and printable PDF format, worksheets, discussion forum, site membership.

$9.95

Create a 
World Clinic

WORLDBUILDING III

DESCRIPTION: Whether you to confine your story to just one room, or whether you want to build a working universe with different physics for your stories, here’s how you do it.

No fluff, no theory, fun step-by-step process for creating settings for your fiction, from a single room to entire galaxies.

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: Ebook in Kindle, ePub, and printable PDF format, Geek-Deep videos, maps, worksheets, discussion forum, site membership.

$9.95

FEATURED

The 7-Day Crash-Revision Workshop

DESCRIPTION: Step-by-step process for taking a manuscript from raw first draft to first revision (beginner---will generally require more than seven days) or from author's revision to editor's revision (pro) in seven days.

Level: Pro for polished final revision, Beginner for BASIC first draft revisions. Requires completed first-draft manuscript of any length.

Includes: Lessons on Day 1, 3, and 5, in Kindle, ePub, and printable PDF format, worksheets, discussion forum, site membership.

$37

Early-Release Class

Early-Release Classes are classes I make available to students AS I’M CREATING them. 

Prices start low for folks who buy early, and increase incrementally for new buyers as I hit specified completion points. Early buyers get amazing prices.

The current Early Release Class is the SPLINTERS Version of How to Write a Series: Master the Art of Sequential Fiction.

Single Payment and Subscription Available


Writing Content and Marketing Workshops

24-Hour Intensive: Find Your Writing Voice

24-Hour Intensive: Find Your Writing Voice

Your writing voice is not a gift or an accident of birth. Your voice is you… when you are being someone else

Every writer can build, refine, and master the voice (or voices) perfect for the stories you want to tell.

With 24 writing hours of focused practice on the essentials that create your voice, you will see a significant improvement in YOUR voice.

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: Clear instructions with demos, 72 writing hours of prebuilt writing exercises (144 with suggested variant), exercise-building tools for unlimited practice, workshop forum for help and accountability, timer, permanent access.

$77

How to Write Dialogue With Subtext

How to Write Dialogue With Subtext

The myth is that Subtext is some complex technique of master writers that cannot even be comprehended by the “little people."

In fact, you can teach a reasonably intelligent eight-year-old how to find the subtext in fiction. 

Plan to spend 3 days mastering the techniques I present. Then come back as needed (you have permanent access) to brush up.

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: Videos, transcripts, worksheets, always-available classroom for re-taking or brushing up on techniques, forum for discussions, brainstorming, and help.

$77

Title. Cover. Copy. Fiction Marketing Workshop

Title. Cover. Copy. Fiction Marketing Workshop

With nonfiction, you can build a bestseller with marketing triggers based on need.

With fiction, hype and triggers don’t work. (Ask me how I know.)

You have to grow a readership… and you have to do that one reader at a time, using just three tools well.

Title.
Cover.
And Copy.

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: 3 weeks of lessons and worksheets, demos and examples, private forum discussions, help, and feedback, live testing of your in-progress and finished work, permanent workshop access, future basic access to split-testing software.

$97

NOT YET AVAILABLE The Publishing While Broke Workshop

The Publishing While Broke Workshop

Independent publishing has given anyone willing to do the work an opportunity to write fiction and get paid for it. 

And led to millions of badly written, badly edited, badly produced books.

You can publish your work at near-professional quality for around $5 per book all-in. And if you roll your profits into cheap-but-great software, look like a pro for not much more.

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: Recommended free (third-party) software, templates and instructions for use with this software, recommended inexpensive paid software, templates and instructions for use with this software, private forum with discussions and help.

$27

NOT YET AVAILABLE

“Get Back On Track” Writing Workshops

21 Ways to Get Yourself Writing...

…When Your Life Has Just Exploded 

DESCRIPTION: Life's disasters can bring your creativity and your ability to produce words (fiction or nonfiction) to a screeching halt. If you're words to pay the bills, you need to be get writing as quickly as possible. Here are the 21 techniques that worked for me.

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: Ebook in PDF format, worksheets, private classmates-only discussion forum, site membership.

$14

How to Motivate Yourself

DESCRIPTION: Everyone has excuses for not writing, and all of them are good. To motivate yourself, your excuses for writing have to be better.

You don't need mind tricks, or cheerleaders. You need to understand what motivates you, and why, and then you need to put your motivation in reach. 

Level: Beginner through intermediate (pros making a regular living writing are welcome, though).

Includes: 7 in-class videos with available downloads, printable PDF transcripts and worksheets, complete workshop outline, discussion forum, site membership.

$77

How to Find Your Writing Discipline

DESCRIPTION: Painful truth: No one can do everything. 

To find your writing discipline, you have to know where your time is going, and why it’s going there. And then you have to decide which parts of your life stay, and which parts go.

Find and embrace your own butt-in-chair writing discipline with this simple system, and step-by-step, three-days-plus-twenty-minutes workshop.

Level: Beginner through pro.

Includes: PDF instructions and worksheets, forum discussions, brainstorming, and help.

$17

How to Beat Writer’s Block

DESCRIPTION: No matter how long you’ve 

Get rid of three out of five kinds of writer's block in just one hour.

Read the class registration page to determine if it will help with your type of block.

Includes: 7 downloadable MP3 audios, transcripts, worksheets, forum, site membership.

Level: Beginner through pro.

$47