Wednesday, October 24, 2012

November Writer U On-Line Classes

Scene and Sequel
by Patricia Kay
November 5-30, 2012
$30 at

Are you finding it hard to understand and apply the principles of story construction using Scene and Sequel? If you are, you're not alone. Many writers, even multi-published veterans, find the concept a difficult one. But now help is at hand. By utilizing a combination of fourteen lessons, homework, class discussion, and feedback on your written work, this class on building blocks to great fiction will take the mystery out of Scene and Sequel. You'll learn:

* What a scene is and isn't
* Planning and revising scenes for maximum effect
* How and when to use sequels
* Controlling pace with scene and sequel
* Choosing the best point of view
* Writing for the strongest emotional impact
* Flashbacks: when and how to use them
* How to write a unique love scene

Patricia Kay is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 novels of romance and women's fiction. An acclaimed teacher, she formerly taught writing classes at the University of Houston and has given workshops all over the country. She now limits her teaching to online classes. You can learn more about her on her website at

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Master Class: Cops, One on One -- How Your Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Relates to His or Her World
by M.A. Taylor
November 12-23, 2012
$55 at

Prerequisite: Must have a story (at any stage of completion) featuring a law enforcement officer.

There's a reason the divorce rate among law enforcement officers is so high. Most of it is due to the manner in which the officer relates to, or expresses himself to, the people in his life.  Why is the spouse the last person to know about a particularly nasty day? What makes some LEOs so unreasonable with their children? How can any LEO be friendly with a convicted pedophile? During this in-depth look at how LEOs relate to the people around them, M.A. Taylor's lectures and scene discussions will explore:

* Personal relationships with family, friends and off-duty acquaintances
* Relationships with criminals, from informants to targets
* Working relationships with partners and supervisors
* The balance between law enforcement and non-sworn officers
* Professional relationships with other agencies and departments
* Relationships with the public and people LEOs meet through work

M.A. Taylor spent more than twenty years in law enforcement. After seven years with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), she became a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice (DOJ), spending over a decade in Narcotics...including assignment to a Federal DEA-HIDTA Task Force. Margaret's areas of expertise range from surveillance to wiretaps to tribal gaming, sexual predators, investigations and more.

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