W R I T I N G C O U R S E S
Course W101: What Type of Writer Are You?
The Secret to Accelerated Creativity
INSTRUCTOR: CARMEN BERRY
Introduction: Join New York Times bestselling author Carmen Berry and discover your unique Creative Type. Learn how to avoid writer’s block, strengthen your writing skills, and tap your creativity so you can quickly finish your first book. You will be able to replicate this success over and over, for maximum sales and profit.
Class 1: What Are the Four Types of Writers? Are you a natural Story Teller, Visionary, Teacher, or Mentor? Discover why some aspects of writing come so easily to you and but present a challenge for others.
Class 2: What Are the Three Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself as a Writer? Find out how to write books that speak to a broad audience, so that you can quickly grow a large fan base.
Class 3: Do You Know How to Maximize Your Natural Writing Strengths and Talents? Every writing type has strengths that can be developed and weaknesses that can be overcome.
Class 4: What is the Secret to Accelerated Creativity? Carmen will share her secret to writing over 30 books in 30 years. Learn how to quickly write one top-quality book after another.
CARMEN BERRY, MSW, is a New York Times bestselling author, co-founder of Profitable Authors Institute and a book coach who teaches authors now to engage their creativity so they can write one dynamic book after another. Prolific in her own right, Carmen has written and ghost written over thirty books, including Girlfriends, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for fifty-two weeks. Since she began her writing career in 1985, Carmen’s books have been published by large houses such as HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Penguin, as well as smaller publishers. A veteran of media tours, she has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows such as Oprah, Montel and Sally Jesse Rafael, and featured in People Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today and other national and local publications. With over a million and a half copies sold worldwide, Carmen’s books are available in eight languages. Carmen has two master’s degrees–one in social work from the University of Southern California–and one in social sciences from Northern Arizona University. She is the co-founder of Hope Partnership Nepal, a non-profit that helps impoverished women and children in Nepal. She lives in Glendora, California with her daughter. For more information on Carmen’s Prolific Author Writing System training series, please go to www.carmenberry.com
Course W102: Structure Your Book for Success
Essential Organizational Tools for Fiction and Nonfiction
INSTRUCTOR: ANNIE TUCKER
Introduction: Have you always wanted to write a book but don’t know how to begin dividing it into chapters? Are you already working on a draft but feeling stuck about where to go from here? Whether you’re a fiction or nonfiction author, this four-part course on book structure answers these questions and more. Developmental editor and writing coach Annie Tucker walks you through graphics and exercises that help you develop an effective framework for your novel, memoir, or self-help book. Once you understand how to build a solid foundation for your story, you’ll have the key to keeping your writing on track and keeping your readers invested from start to finish.
Class 1: What Is Narrative Structure, and Why Is It Essential to Success? Get acquainted with the basics of narrative structure and arc, and begin to understand why these concepts can enhance the reading experience.
Class 2: How to Structure an Engaging Novel. Are you introducing scene-setting details, character development, plot tension, and resolution at the right points in your novel? Do you write from multiple points of view? Do you prefer character- or idea-driven stories? Find out how to capitalize on these elements to achieve optimal reader engagement.
Class 3: How to Structure an Inspiring Memoir. Is your memoir linear or circular? Do you want to use flashbacks to provide backstory? Where are your reader takeaways? We’ll distill this complex, ultrapopular genre into manageable components that you can use to your advantage.
Class 4: How to Structure a Transformational Self-Help Book. What’s the most beneficial way to convey information to readers of a self-help book? Do you want them to read chronologically or browse by subject? Do you intend to include exercises designed to supplement your content? Discover all the organizational options available to you so that you can decide which one best suits your purposes as a self-help author.
Annie Tucker is a Los Angeles–based author, writing coach, developmental editor, and copy editor with seventeen years of experience in book and magazine publishing. She collaborates with authors of all skill levels and genres to help them develop well-written, publishable manuscripts. Annie received a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from Harvard University and a certificate in copyediting from UC Berkeley and has edited more than four hundred books in fiction and nonfiction genres. Publishing houses she has worked with include She Writes Press, Seal Press, Counterpoint Press, Amazon Publishing, and numerous other imprints. Annie is a presenter at the annual San Francisco Writers Conference; blogs about grammar, editing, and storytelling for SheWrites.com; and is currently at work on her first novel. To explore how she can help you develop and complete a sellable manuscript, please go to www.annietuckerpublishing.com
Course W103: Write Your Book in 3 Drafts
Revise with Confidence and Style
INSTRUCTOR: STUART HORWITZ
Introduction: Award-winning author, book coach and collaborative writer, Stuart Horwitz, can help you stop tinkering with your manuscript and start tackling it. Forget the endless re-writing and editing. Stuart’s Book Architecture Method can help you revise with style while you eliminate self-doubt and confusion. This course shows you exactly what each draft requires and action steps to take between drafts so you can proceed to the finish line—and be ready for publication—with confidence and precision.
Class 1: The First Draft: How to Generate Material. Learn Stuart’s six favorite strategies for writing a lot while still staying close to the intent of the project you’ve seen in your mind’s-eye.
Class 2: The Second Draft: Taking the Best Parts Up a Level. Let Stuart’s Book Architecture Method introduce you to action steps that will harvest the very best of what is good about your book while providing opportunities for fresh writing to fill any holes.
Class 3: Readying Your Work for the Outside World: The Role of the Beta Reader. A little bit of product testing is what is called for now; Stuart will teach you how to use your first readers for inspiration and not get overwhelmed!
Class 4: The Third Draft: Hit it and Get Out. You’ve written and revised your book…now you need to complete it while you still love it! A final round of concerted effort meets knowing when to stop to keep the freshness in your work and move on to publication with fuel still in the tank.
Stuart Horwitz, author and founder of Book Architecture, has spent over fifteen years helping writers become authors, signing with top literary agencies, sealing deals with coveted publishing houses, or forging a successful path through indie publishing. His clients have reached the New York Times best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. Stuart has written three highly acclaimed books which together comprise the Book Architecture trilogy: Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method, Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula, and Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It. He can be found touring over seventy venues in North America, teaching writing at Grub Street of Boston and Brown University or at home in Rhode Island with his wife and two daughters. He holds two master’s degrees—one in Literary Aesthetics from NYU, which helps him a lot with this work—and one in East Asian Studies from Harvard with a concentration in Medieval Japanese Buddhism, which helps him get out of bed in the morning. To contact Stuart, please go to www.bookarchitecture.com
Course W104: How to Work with Editors
Is Your Manuscript Ready for Prime Time?
INSTRUCTOR: HOLLY LORINCZ
Introduction: Professional editor and successful collaborative writer Holly Lörincz shares her insights regarding working with editors, and edits, making sure your manuscript is ready to hit the market.
Class 1: What Publishers Look for in a Commercial Manuscript. Before you send out that manuscript, make sure you consider the elements that agents and publishers will expect to see in your genre, both fiction and non-fiction.
Class 2: The Different Types of Editors, What They Can Do for You and How to Find a Good One. Learn the difference between Acquisition Editors, Developmental Editors, Line Editors, et al. Decide what type you need at your stage in the process, and figure out how to find and use a good editor.
Class 3: How to Use Editorial Revision Suggestions. This class provides tips on how to process the edits, and then how to apply the suggestions.
Class 4: Is Your Manuscript Formatted Correctly for Submission? This class provides boring but necessary requirements and tips you need to know before sending off your manuscript to an agent or publisher.
Holly Lörincz, author and founder of Lörincz Literary Services, has been editing books and professional text for over twenty years. Holly has published a number of collaborative titles; her first novel Smart Mouth won a National Independent Publishers Book Award and has been optioned for a TV series with Foxworthy Productions. She specializes in collaborative writing, as well as developmental editing for fiction and non-fiction. Her edited manuscripts have been picked up by agents and traditional publishers, winning multiple awards, including the Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality, the USA Best Book Awards, Christy Awards, ITW Thriller Award, The Shamus Award, and reaching New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists, just to name a few. Holly still works closely with literary agents at MacGregor Literary, teaches quarterly workshops as a visiting instructor at The Blackbird Studio for Writers (run by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Lauck), and she is a member in good standing with the Editorial Freelancers Association, holding a master’s degree in language arts and journalism. She currently lives on the beach in Oregon, and employs five editors at Lörincz Literary Services: www.literaryconsulting.com