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for Serious Fiction Writers

How To Write A Series: Master the Art of Sequential Fiction

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.

$497.00
$83.00
per month for
6 months
How To Revise Your Novel

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.

$377.00
$77.00
per month for
5 months
$47.00
per month for
9 months
How To Think Sideways

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 going pro? Here’s where you start.

$697.00
$88.00
per month for
8 months
$47.00
per month for
15 months
 

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

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

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 pantsers 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

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

Create a
Language Clinic

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

Create a
Culture Clinic

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

Create a
World Clinic

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

 

Writing Content and Marketing Workshops

How to Write Villains

How to Write Villains

DESCRIPTION:  Eight weekly lessons with writing assignments

  • Understanding Evil and Villainy
  • Creating Good, Bad, and Evil Characters
  • Sympathy, Empathy, and Villainy
  • Reprenting Evil: Showing Instead of Telling
  • Controlling Characters and Story
  • The "Come-Back" Villain: When Readers Are Reading Your Story for Your Villain
  • Dealing With Writing Evil

Level:Beginner to Pro

Includes:

  • Eight comprehensive PDF lessons. 
  • Printable PDF worksheets.
  • Diagrams and charts as needed.
  • Private Class Forum for lesson work, help, and practice.
  • Permanent in-version access, and all in-version upgrades free.

$67.00

How To Write Dialogue With Subtext

How to Write Dialogue With Subtext 

DESCRIPTION:  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. 

$77.00

Title. Cover. Copy. Fiction Marketing Workshop

Title. Cover. Copy. Fiction Marketing Workshop

DESCRIPTION:  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:Advanced Writers Only.
Designed for indie authors with completed manuscripts.

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. 

$97.00

7-Day Crash Revision

7-Day Crash Revision

DESCRIPTION:  For beginning through advanced writers, a clear introduction to the basic principles of manuscript revision with worksheets and step-by-step instructions.

For pros, the complete process for turning around an editor's revision requests on a manuscript on deadlines as short as 7 days.

Level:Beginner to Pro

Includes:

Clear, step-by-step lessons to show you the stripped-down basics of a functional revision

Diagrams and worksheets to walk you through the revision

Lessons in Kindle, ePub, and printable PDF formats

Downloadable, printable worksheets

Always-available Classroom*
(retake this class alone or with other 
writers as often as you like)

Forum Discussions, Brainstorming, and Help


$37.00

 

“Get Back On Track” Writing Workshops

21 Ways To Get Yourself Writing When Your Life Has Just Exploded

21 Ways To Get Yourself Writing

DESCRIPTION:  …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. 

$14.00

How To Find Your Writing Discipline

How To Find Your Writing Discipline

DESCRIPTION:  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:  

$17.00

How To Motivate Yourself

How To Motivate Yourself

DESCRIPTION:  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. 

$77.00

How To Beat Writer's Block

How To Beat Writer's Block

DESCRIPTION:  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. 

Level:

Beginner through pro.

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

$47.00

 

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