WHY SOME PUBLISHERS AREN'T AS "TRADITIONAL" AS THEY'D LIKE YOU TO BELIEVE:
IMPROVING DEEP POV:
SETTING WRITING GOALS, PART 3:
YET MORE CAREER GOALS:
SOME OF THE BEST WRITING ADVICE OF THE YEAR:
THE KEY ELEMENTS TO STRONG FICTION:
CHARACTERS: Defense mechanisms. Written by psychologist.
BALANCING YOUR SCENES:
GRAMMAR 101: The most common misused words: it's/its, their/they're, etc. Look at the December archives for all the grammar posts.
BLOG ADVICE FROM PROMOTION TO DESIGNS:
THE SIX DEGREES OF SHOW AND TELL:
WEATHER IN FICTION: How it can be used.
VERBS THAT TELL INSTEAD OF SHOW:
WHAT KIND OF WRITER ARE YOU?
MISTAKES WRITERS MAKE: An interesting website that deals with nonfiction but has some things to say about writing.
AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN PUBLISHING RIGHT NOW:
DEATH BY REVISION: How to bring that overworked story back to life.
WALKING AWAY FROM A NOVEL:
ADJECTIVES AREN'T EVIL:
Marilynn's Workshop Schedule and Information Links
Writing the First Chapter, January 3-31, 2011.
Drawing a reader into the first chapter of your novel is more than an exciting beginning, more than a “cute meet,” more than a sexy hero and a feisty heroine. Step by step, I'll show you the craft needed to draw the reader into your novel and make her eager to keep reading. I'll also show you how to set up the goals for the main characters and for the novel.
Writing in the Moment, April 11-May 8, 2011
How to get your voice, viewpoint, and craft so perfect that you disappear and your story comes alive. Lots of worksheets.
The Blurb: Mother of All Promotions July 25-August 7, 2011
A blurb is the pithy description of your novel in a query letter, the short "elevator pitch" used at a writer's conference, the log line for online promotion, and the all important back cover copy for a published novel. Without a great blurb, a novel won't be noticed by agents and editors.
Marilynn Byerly--creator of a blurb system used by university publishing courses, publishers, and many authors-- will show you how to create that perfect blurb for your novel. The course will include a number of worksheets and in-class blurb analysis.