I’m delighted to be teaching online for the Writers Center this summer! Based on Bethesda, Maryland, The Writers Center has a wealth of webinars and classes to help every writer improve their craft. I hope you’ll join me at one or more of my presentations this summer!
Learn how to focus on the specifics you need at each stage of the writing process to build your characters’ world without ever losing sight of the story at its heart. No matter what your genre, a rich palette of details brings your story to life. Through hands-on activities, you’ll discover techniques to identify the internal and external arcs of your story in order to create authentic and involving details that engage the reader on every page. Online via Zoom. $40 members/$50 nonmembers. Register here.
Learn showing and telling techniques you can apply right away to better engage your readers! This course will break down a different aspect of “show, don’t tell” each week, with successful examples from published picture books, middle grade and YA fiction, and children’s nonfiction, followed by hands-on activities. We’ll explore how “show, don’t tell” works in relation to every aspect of your writing from character development to plot, and in every stage from manuscript to pitch. Participants will receive instructor feedback on each week’s assignment. Asynchronous online course taught via Wet Ink. $345 members, $360 nonmembers. Register here.
Being a successful writer is more than just creating great books, it also means navigating submissions and the publication process and communicating clearly and professionally with everyone from agents to editors to publicists to bloggers. In this series, we’ll cover techniques for effective agent and publisher research, the nitty-gritty details of formatting your manuscript for submission (with detailed demos), and best practices for communicating professionally in a digital world, including writing effective query and cover letters, following up on submissions, dealing with emotionally charged topics, communicating with publishing professionals, and how to stand up for yourself in writing without being a jerk. Bring your questions! Online via Zoom. $120 members, $135 nonmembers. Register here.