Thursday, May 20, 2010

Writer U June On-Line Classes

June 1-25, 2010
"Character-Driven Plotting"
by CJ Lyons
$30 at

Whether you're a plotter or a pantzer, you still need to tell a story. And to tell a compelling story, you need characters driven to take action. In this highly interactive workshop, national bestseller CJ Lyons shows how to let your character do the driving as you move your plot forward. Using simple methods that you'll not only remember but can also apply daily to your writing life, CJ will give you the tools you need to empower your creativity, amp up your plotting, and energize your writing!

* A look at Plotting 101: What is story?
* The ancient secrets of story telling
* How to build three-dimensional characters
* How to brainstorm like DaVinci
* World building and block busting
* Theme: it's not a four letter word
* Tools for a Writer's Survival Kit

As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about. In addition to being an award-winning medical suspense author, she is a nationally known presenter and keynote speaker. Publishers Weekly called her first novel, LIFELINES, a breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller." Her second, WARNING SIGNS, was published by Berkley in January, 2009, followed by URGENT CARE in November. To learn more about CJ and her work, go to

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June 1-25, 2010
"Building The Fiction Pitch, Step By Step"
by Janet Wellington
$30 at

You've completed the manuscript of a story you love, and now all it needs is a home. Time for the next step: marketing your story to an agent and/or editor at a writing conference you've just decided to attend. The thing is, you might be the most talented writer on the planet -- but if you can't describe your story in an exciting but succinct way during a pitching opportunity or appointment, you could be in real trouble.

By taking this course you’ll learn:

* What to do when preparing to pitch
* Anatomy of a pitch; different lengths you'll need and why
* Techniques to help you analyze your story
* The biggest mistake writers make in pitching their stories
* How to craft the opening for your pitch
* The top benefit of an editor/agent appointment at conferences
* How to design a pitch for individual and group appointments
* What to say -- and not say -- if they want more

Janet Wellington is an award-winning author, writing teacher, and line-editor for both published and not-yet-published writers. She started learning the art of pitching stories in 1995 when she attended her first Romance Writers of America national conference, and hasn't stopped since! She has presented workshops on the art of pitching both regionally and nationally, and now teaches online. Read more about her at

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