Yes, it’s that time again – time for a schedule update!
This one’s a doozy, too. Some new additions that we’re really excited about:
Pitching by the Numbers: How to Use Publishing Data to Win an Agent’s Heart
They say you’re more likely to get hit by lightning while starring in a Broadway play than to get your book published – but that’s only when you factor in the writers making easily avoidable mistakes. This class features pie charts, line graphs, and months of data, which show you how to keep yourself out of the bottom 65 percent – how to make yourself immediately likeable, and subsequently “the whole package” to an agent – how to use real agent pitching techniques when sending your query – how to optimize your techniques on objective and subjective levels – and how to give yourself the best chance of an agent falling in love with your work.
Conflict on Every Page—Understanding the Antagonist
All fiction must have a core antagonist. The antagonist is the reason for the story problem, but the term “antagonist” can be highly confusing. Without a proper grasp of how to use antagonists, the plot can become a wandering nightmare for the author and the reader. This class will help you understand how to create solid story problems (even those writing literary fiction) and then give you the skills to layer conflict internally and externally using the core antagonist and scene antagonists. This class will also cover how to plan out and write series and show why some series fizzle and others sizzle.
Antagonists and Protagonists and Novel Structure
The strength of your novel is dependent mostly upon the strength of your antagonist. This workshop will clearly define what determines a good protagonist and a worthy antagonist and change the way you approach each character. There will be a discussion on how determining a compelling story problem, coupled with solid characters in your protagonist and antagonist that will enable you to develop a solid causal plot and how to create a brief, 15-20 word—that’s right, you heard it right—a 15-20 word outline which will enable you to create a practical and functioning road map to not only constructing a publishable novel, but one that you’ll be able to write in six months or less. This is a workshop designed to deliver practical information you can take home and begin to use immediately to craft a saleable novel.
But there’s more – oh, so much more! Don’t take my word for it, though: download the updates and see for yourself, and we’ll be back with our “classic query contest” grand prize winner tomorrow!