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“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
―Ray Bradbury

In this newsletter:

  • All about the sonnet form, with tips for writing contemporary sonnets of your own.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through May.
  • Good news from an instructor.
  • Join our Facebook group and share your craft with us, and find us on Instagram.

I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and well.

—Fred

Starting This Week

The Hero’s Journey For Storytellers (May 4)

with Gloria Kempton | 10 Weeks | $460

Structure your story and give it meaning with Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.

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New Writing Tips

Sonnet Poems: How to Write a Sonnet

Pick up where Shakespeare and Petrarch left off—play with the sonnet form.

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Congratulations to...

Instructor Susan Vespoli, whose poem “Twenty Photos from Police Records of His Last Night Alive” was published in Rattle. Read Susan's moving poem here.

Our Upcoming Courses

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May Courses

Fundamentals of Travel Writing (May 11)

with Jennifer Billock | 8 Weeks | $395

Take to the skies in this online travel writing course. We'll discuss the market, different types of travel writing, and pitching your piece!

The Chronology of Mind: From Journal to Poem or Prose (May 11)

with Barbara Henning | 10 Weeks | $460

Gather material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes to develop into poems or prose works.

Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life (May 18)

with Rosemary Tantra Bensko | 8 Weeks | $395

Join us for this workshop on creating powerful poems—poems that are clear and organized, fresh and moving, full of life.

Get Your Book Done Intensive! 4 Weeks to Measurable Progress (May 18)

with Giulietta Nardone | 4 weeks | $285

The holiday season is the best time to get the ball rolling on your book. Join us if you really want to get your book into the world.

Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay (May 18)

with Gretchen Clark | 10 Weeks | $460

Gretchen Clark pick axes her way into the volcanic marriage of real life and fiction. Weekly writing with incisive feedback.

(Live Workshop) Starting Off Right: How To Build A Blog, Grow An Audience & Make Money (May 19)

with Jessica Festa | Single-Day Webinar | $89

When planned right, a blog allows you to share your passion and make money in the process. Learn how to build a blog in this one-day webinar.

Craft Your Story: Short Fiction and Memoir Live Workshops (May 25) NEW!

with Margo Perin | 8 Weeks | $395

Get tailored advice and inspiration for your fiction or nonfiction stories, in this weekly live workshop with award-winning instructor Margo Perin.

Writing Place in Creative Nonfiction (May 25) NEW!

with Tess Fahlgren | 5 Weeks | $275

In Creative Nonfiction, place is a character in itself. Deeply explore a narrative and a place of your choosing, and make weekly progress on your essay or memoir.

Crafting a Story or Novel Chapter Using Forward-Moving Tension (May 25)

with Sandra Novack | 4 Weeks | $235

How do writers tell stories with tension, action, and emotion? Learn how to write forward-moving tension in this 4 week fiction course.

Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Use Story and Premise Development for Writing Success (May 25)

with Jeff Lyons | 5 Weeks | $325

The premise line is the only reliable tool that can tell you, BEFORE you start writing, whether or not your story will “work.” In this class participants will learn how to master the process of premise line development—the essential first step in any book or screenplay’s development process.

The Anti-Hero’s Journey for Storytellers (May 25)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

Throughout her writing career, Gloria Kempton has met many anti-heroes. In this course, you’ll receive feedback on your story antagonists.

(Live Workshop) Show and Tell: How to Write Captivating Nonfiction (May 26) NEW!

with Brad Wetzler | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Your true story of healing or transformation can captivate and empower your readers. Learn how to balance showing the vivid details of your own journey with telling the broader themes for readers to apply in their own lives.

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