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What Happens Next?: All About Plot

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In this newsletter:

  • We dive into plot in storytelling, including plot devices, techniques, and tips for success.
  • Good news from an instructor.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through mid-January.
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I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and well.

—Fred

New Writing Tips

What is the Plot of a Story?

A thorough introduction to the fundamentals of plot.

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Congratulations to...

Instructor Susan Vespoli, whose poem "Little Queen of the Buck-Up" was published in Anti-Heroin Chic. Read Susan's poem here.

Congratulations, Susan!

Our Upcoming Courses

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December Courses

Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays (December 15)

with Rudri Patel | 6 Weeks | $330

Want to write your world, your way? Join us for this six week program on article writing, blogging, and essays.

(Live Workshop) Dream Writing (December 22) NEW!

with Zining Mok | Single-Day Webinar | $89

How can writers harness the power of dreams? Let your slumber supercharge your creativity in this three hour dream writing workshop.

Fundamentals of Travel Writing (December 22) NEW!

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!

Writing for Children: Create A Picture Book! (December 29)

with Kelly Bingham | 6 Weeks | $330

Picture books have changed greatly over the last few decades, and the market is wide open for fresh ideas. Join us in this six-week intensive where we’ll take that idea of yours and turn it into a manuscript!

January Courses

(Live Workshop) Move Your Writing Forward: The Art of the Bullet Journal (January 2) NEW!

with Rudri Patel | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Want to have a productive new year? Set up your bullet journal in this one day live workshop.

Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind (January 5)

with Marc Olmsted | 4 Weeks | $250

A four-week class, melding the language mind with the sensual: How to turn detailed observation into a poem. With Marc Olmsted.

Starting to Write (January 5)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

For those who want to kick start their writing into high gear.

Write Your Novel! The Workshop With Jack (January 5)

with Jack Smith | 10 Weeks | $460

Get a good start on a novel in just ten weeks, or revise a novel you’ve already written. Free your imagination, move steadily ahead and count the pages!

The “I’ve Always Wanted To Write Fiction” Workshop (January 5)

with Shelley Singer | 5 Weeks | $275

Learn the basics of fiction writing and submit weekly writing for feedback from Shelley Singer, author of 13 novels. It's time to start.

Writing with Tarot (January 12)

with Sandra Novack | 8 Weeks | $395

Jump-start your creative juices, and explore a world of divination, symbolism, and imagery right at your fingertips: learn short story and novel writing through Tarot.

Crafting the Poetry Novel for Young Adults (January 12)

with Kelly Bingham | 5 Weeks | $300

Even if you’ve never written poetry before, you can begin the rewarding process of crafting a poetry novel for Young Adults. Is there a market for novels written in verse? Are they well received? Yes, there is, and yes, they are!

Mastering the Elements of Fiction (January 12)

with Jack Smith | 10 Weeks | $460

In this course, you’ll work with the basic elements of fiction--the fundamentals that drive the story and determine the quality of the work.

Flash Fiction: Writing the Short-Short Story (January 12)

with Barbara Henning | 10 Weeks | $460

Write 1–3-page flash fiction in this online course with Barbara Henning, drawing on classic, poetic & experimental elements. Read the form’s masters.

Next-Level Creative Nonfiction: Elevating Essays, Memoir, Travel Writing & Literary Journalism (January 12)

with Wendy Call | 10 Weeks | $460

Elevate your memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, & lyric and personal essays.

Rapid Story Development: A Master Plan for Building Stories That Work (January 19) NEW!

with Jeff Lyons | 10 Weeks | $550

In this 10 week story writing class, Jeff Lyons pairs the Enneagram with story development techniques to revolutionize your writing practice.

Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life (January 19)

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.

Writing Our Grief: How to Channel Loss into Creative Expression (January 19)

with Rudri Patel | 8 Weeks | $395

Writing about grief is a powerful healing tool. Turn pain into power in this personal essay course, with instructor Rudri Patel.

The Ongoing Fiction Workshop (January 19)

with Shelley Singer | 10 Weeks | $460

Many students have attended this 10-week online fiction workshop with Shelley Singer multiple times, completed novels, and come back to finish more books.

(Live Workshop) Writing Beginnings and Endings (January 20) NEW!

with Sarah Aronson | Single-Day Webinar | $89

How do you write a story that's compelling to start and satisfying to finish? Sarah Aronson explains in this comprehensive one-day workshop.

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