Course and Lecture Structure
"Each class will begin with a lecture, and I will have three quizzes, and three shorter two-page exercise assignments, too. So, I might ask you for example to create a character sheet for a single character, or to read a story so that you can understand a certain principle. But these assignments won’t take more than a couple of hours per week, and we won’t have them on most weeks. "
"We will divide you into critique groups for assignments so that you will have three other people whose work you will need to critique or brainstorm."
How Long is the Course?
The course starts on the first Tuesday of January and goes to early May. The thirty classes will cover a multitude of topics on creative writing and the writing business. Here are some of the sample titles:
- What it Takes to Be a Professional Writer
- Brainstorming Like a Pro
- The Power of Setting
- Creating the Perfect Cast
- Focusing on Individual Characters
- Conflicts—The Engines of Your Story
- Treatment—Style, Tone, Voice
- How to Plot a Tale
- Composing Well, Fast, and Fun
- Hooking and Holding Your Reader
- Five Keys to Reaching a Massive Audience
- Designing a Great Scene
- Writing Powerful Dialog
- How Traditional Publishing Really Works
- Publishing Indie
- How to Make a Million—Strategies for Middle Grade, Young Adult, Genre Writers
- Screenwriting and the Film Business
- The Hollywood Greenlighting Process
- How films are Financed, Produced, and Distributed
- Income Streams for Writers
- And more!
What's the price?
The price for taking the full class will be $397.
The class curriculum is somewhat subject to change, but we’ll cover a wide range of information on writing, publishing, and marketing books.
The first class,” explains how writers make a living in this business and also tells why most of them fail.
We’ll then move in week two to brainstorming like a pro.
We’ll then study worldbuilding, characterization, developing your conflicts for books, and plotting novels—from simple short novels to epics.
We’ll advance to exercises on how to write completely immersive fiction that involves all of the senses.
From there, we’ll talk about how to submit novels for publication, and go into techniques for marketing your books.
We’ll then branch out into how to sell ancillary rights to your intellectual properties, including audiobooks, electronic book rights, foreign rights, videogames, and film—both movies and television series
There’s a reason why the lecture time on this is 30 hours!
I hope you join us. Over the years I’ve had dozens of writers say, “I wish I could have been in that 318R class.” Well, now you can, but I can’t guarantee that this will go on forever.