Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Start Your New Year Off With A Bang With One of These Writing Courses

Did you make enough money from your writing as you wanted to in 2016?

Or do you wish there was a way you could do the writing that you're passionate about that can bring you the satisfaction and financial success that you've always wanted?

Well take a look at this huge list of 24 writing courses for 2017.

You can learn how to plot a screen play, write a successful query, find markets for your short fiction, learn to write a novel, and even create your own author website. You can also submit your screenplay for a private review to an established screenwriter who will give you tips and advice on your work at the Advanced Television Rewriting Workshop.

You can also learn how to earn money as a freelance writer.

There is sure to be something here that can help you to become the successful writer you've always dreamed of being.

Or why not make 2017 the year that you try everything?

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Earn Money with Your Writing: Freelance and Copywriting
This must-have value pack covers every aspect of freelance writing to help you make money writing on your own time for the publications you love. From legal considerations to publisher listings to guidelines on structure, grammar, style and more, this kit leaves no stone unturned in the freelance writing realm. Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned freelancer, you'll find new and updated information in this kit to get you toward your goal of being able to write at home AND make a great living.
Earn Money with Your Writing: Freelance and Copywriting at Writers Digest Shop

Start Your Screenplay in 2017

Got great movie ideas in your head but no idea how to get them on paper? It's easier than you think to start writing your own screenplay. In this collection, you will gain access to resources that will make writing easier and less daunting. These tools and techniques hold the secrets to beginning and finishing your first draft, editing your ideas, and blockbuster tips. Don't let screenwriting be a struggle; you are actually allowed to enjoy it!
Start Your Screenplay in 2017 at Writers Store

Mastering Suspense with Jane Cleland
Suspense is one of the most powerful tools a writer has for captivating readers. From mainstream fiction to memoir, suspense creates the emotional tension that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. In this collection, award-winning author Jane K. Cleland will teach you how to navigate genre conventions, write for your audience, and build gripping tension to craft an irresistible page-turner. Take the guesswork out of suspense and write tension-filled, engaging stories that leave readers wanting more!
Mastering Suspense with Jane Cleland Value Pack at Writer's Digest Shop

Write Your Drama Pilot in Six Weeks
Television pilot writing was once a carefully guarded inner sanctum limited almost exclusively to showbiz insiders. With the recent explosion of successful cable dramas and Internet viewing, it’s now possible for writers without a strong track record or network connections to get producers and executives to read and sometimes even buy their pilot scripts. If you sell a pilot, you’ve reached the pinnacle of TV writing success. It’s extremely satisfying to see your brainchild come to life on the screen, and it can lead to an extremely lucrative career in writing, production, or “show-running.”

In this workshop, you will learn the tools professional screenwriters use to finish high-quality scripts under deadlines. By the end of this workshop, you will have completed and received professional feedback on a completed script for your drama pilot.
Write Your Drama Pilot in Six Weeks at Screenwriters University

Novel and Short Story Writer's Market 2017
Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2017 is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. As with past editions, Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market offers hundreds of listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more. Each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and other essential tips.
Novel and Short Story Writer's Market 2017 at Writers Store

The Nitty Gritty of Spec Scripts: Writing Strong Action and Dialogue
This one-week, intensive workshop focuses on the specifics of writing compelling action (description) and dialogue. At the end of this course, your expert instructor, Dave Trottier, will evaluate four pages of your spec script. Who is the real audience for your spec script, and what are they looking for? Craft a riveting, engaging spec that can open doors to your success. In this workshop, you will get an inside view of how to write action and dialogue that captures the imagination and emotions of those who can make a difference. Examples will be provided.
The Nitty Gritty of Spec Scripts: Writing Strong Action and Dialogue

The Secrets of Story
The Secrets of Story provides comprehensive, audience-focused strategies for becoming a master storyteller. Armed with the Ultimate Story Checklist, you can improve every aspect of your fiction writing with incisive questions. To succeed in the world of fiction and film, you have to work on every aspect of your craft and satisfy your audience. Do both--and so much more--with The Secrets of Story.
The Secrets of Story at Writer's Digest Shop

Writing Mysteries & Thrillers That Sell
Writing a successful mystery novel or screenplay is more than just keeping readers intrigued or making an audience jump out of their seats. Even the smallest of details has to be authentic and believable to evoke the intended effect.

You will learn the ins and outs of building a plot with heinous crimes, meticulous investigations and disturbing characters that surprise your audience around every turn. With this exclusive collection, you get 12 incredible resources to help you write the most cutting-edge and current thriller that the reader will not want to put down.
Writing Mysteries & Thrillers That Sell at Writers Store

Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less
Whether you are an unpublished writer who wants to start building a platform or a published author looking to improve your website, this online webinar has something for everyone. Media guru Jane Friedman teaches you how to make your own website for free; all that is required of you is time and patience. You will get an overview of the top website tools available for creating a website, the mistakes that most beginners make (and how to avoid them).

You will learn step-by-step how to use Wordpress, either at Wordpress.com or on your own domain. This includes deciding which Wordpress themes are best for your site, the basic, free, Wordpress plug-ins that you will need and how to extend the functionality of your site with more advanced plug-ins.
Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less OnDemand Webinar at Writer's Digest Shop

Ten Weeks to Your Feature Film
The world of the feature film is booming and you are gushing with ideas. This workshop will give you the tools to get the ideas out of your head and into a completed screenplay by introducing you to the methods that professional screenwriters use to write under deadlines.

If you have been sitting on an idea for a feature film, this is your chance to complete a draft of your screenplay in just ten weeks, with expert feedback at every step. Whether you have finished a dozen screenplays or are working on your first, this workshop will give you what you need to get you writing and keep you on track to finish your script. Do not waste your time with wrong turns that could eat up weeks or months. The expert guidance offered in this course will help you see the big picture of your story even while you are deep in the trenches of writing. By the end of this workshop, you will have a first draft of a feature length screenplay.
Ten Weeks to Your Feature Film at Screenwriters University

Critical Tools to Create an Emotional Connection with Your Audience
Take your writing to the next level! Without the proper foundation, you cannot connect with your readers on an emotional level. In this collection, you will have a variety of intensive tools and techniques for instilling emotion into plots, characters, dialogue, and settings in order to achieve that WOW! feeling in your story. These tools will keep you focused on the heart and soul of your work so that plot, character, and theme create a unified story.
Critical Tools to Create an Emotional Connection with Your Audience at Writers Store

Writing a Query that Stands Out
In this presentation, Writing a Query that Stands Out, literary agent Sarah LaPolla teaches you how to make sure an agent notices your query for the right reasons. Learn tips on technique, style, what will stand out, and what to do next. Sometimes a project just doesn't click with an agent, and that's OK. Just make sure that rejection isn't because your query fell flat.
Writing a Query that Stands Out at Writer's Digest Tutorials

Pixar's Emotional Core: Character Development Intensive Workshop
Every great film causes the viewer to want go on an emotional journey with your characters. Pixar's amazing track record has shown that they have been consistently successful in tapping into the essential qualities that can make audiences care about their characters and stories. UCLA screenwriting instructor and author Karl Iglesias will take your writing to the next level, using an in-depth analysis of Pixar's master storytelling and character-building techniques.

In this week-long intensive, you'll first watch and discuss (via discussion boards) a three-part video lecture exploring the way Pixar has harnessed the essential ingredients of quality storytelling and great character development to form the strong emotional core of some of the most successful movies of the last 20 years. Then, you'll apply those ingredients to creating a synopsis of your main character for critique to ensure that your main character has the qualities that would make your audience want to follow his or her journey.
Pixar's Emotional Core: Character Development Intensive Workshop at Screenwriters University

FrameForge Previz Studio 3.6 Pro
FrameForge Previz Studio has been used in the grueling schedules of television production on shows ranging from CSI:Crime Scene Investigation to Downton Abbey, and has been so fast and effective at streamlining their shoots and improving their productions that the National Academy of Arts and Sciences gave us an Emmy for it. And if it can save those award-winning productions time and money, think what it can do for you.
FrameForge Previz Studio 3.6 Pro at Writers Store

Advanced Television Rewriting Workshop
Screenwriters University is now offering our Advanced Television Rewriting workshop where an established screenwriter can look over your ENTIRE screenplay and give you tips on how to polish it. This eight-week workshop is broken up into four sessions that each focus on individual elements of the rewriting process. Each session, you will submit a section of your screenplay for review. Each session will also have focused lectures that help you on each step of your revision process. The lectures are there for support, but the focus of this workshop will be on your screenplay. Each session, you will submit to your instructor for private review, and also you can submit to the other workshop participants for peer review.
Advanced Television Rewriting Workshop at Screenwriters University

21 Days to Your Screenplay Treatment
Let Screenwriters University show you, step-by-step, how to create an electrifying treatment! We have made the anxiety-producing process of treatment writing simple with our ground-breaking approach to the form. By the end of this workshop, you will have a strong treatment and a solid log line for your screenplay that has been vetted by an industry professional.
21 Days to Your Screenplay Treatment at Screenwriters University

The Comedy of the Coen Brothers
If you want to learn anything, you study how the masters of the craft do it, and there are few masters who have dominated as many diverse genres as the Coen Brothers. Known for their quirky, unpredictable plots, their outrageous characters, snappy dialog, and unique genre mixing, the Coens body of work revels true wisdom about the craft of storytelling, particularly as it relates to quirky indie-style comedy with mainstream appeal.

Join The Onions founding editor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Dikkers as he deconstructs five of the Coen Brothers most successful comedies, and shows you how you can skillfully apply some of their tricks of the trade to your own work.
The Comedy of the Coen Brothers Webinar at Writers Store

Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life
In Just Write, best-selling author and veteran writing coach James Scott Bell shows you how to develop unforgettable stories while leading a rewarding writing life. You'll learn how to master the nuances of fiction, discover what readers really want, and persevere through the challenges of getting started, conquering writer's block, and dealing with rejection.
Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life

Story Development and Outlining
This course will examine plotting a screenplay from premise to story. You'll learn how to take your screenplay from the early stages of building idea into a full story to structuring the story to keep tension and investment high in the audience to considering how to build not only structure but texture in the world of your film, how to build an experience of the world, what the events and the world of the story mean for characters and audience alike, not just building up point-by-point plot.
Story Development and Outlining at Screenwriters University

Pulp Fiction Workshop
Join author and editor Philip Athans in writing a 6000-word short story using the Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot. In our first session we'll go through that master "formula" and what it takes to write fun, fast-paced, entertaining fiction. Then each week we'll write another 1500 words, keeping an eye on the lessons of Lester Dent and others, so that by the end of our four-week session everyone ends up with a complete 6000-word pulp short story in any pulp genre: mystery/thriller, action/adventure, romance, western, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, and more.
Pulp Fiction Workshop at Writer's Digest University

Create a Compelling Mystery
During this webinar, writer and producer Charles Kipps will walk you through the steps necessary to create a compelling mystery. You'll explore all aspects of storytelling which combine to make a mystery a mystery: the suspects, the clues, and the protagonist's crime-solving methods. Whether you're a writer or a mystery lover, this seminar will demystify the puzzle of mysteries. As a writer, you'll learn how to outsmart your audience. As a viewer or reader, you'll be ready to match wits with the writer.
Create a Compelling Mystery Webinar at Writers Store

10 Tips to Create Great Plots: Everything You Need to Plot a Great Story
Too many writers think that the plot of a story is made up of either fast-paced, external action or quiet and introspective moments. Plot is both those things and so much more. Creating a compelling plot incorporating action and emotion and meaning requires talent, skill, know-how, and practice. Learn what makes a great plot and how to apply practical plot techniques as you craft a dramatic heart-felt and meaningful story.

Martha Alderson, also known as the Plot Whisperer, has helped novelists of all genres and memoirists and screenwriters write stories with plots. Writing a story with a plot from beginning to end using universal story-telling methods gives you confidence as you explore your characters, action, and deeper meaning.
10 Tips to Create Great Plots: Everything You Need to Plot a Great Story

Writing the 1-Hour TV Drama
In this six-week course, you gain detailed insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of one-hour TV drama script. You will have the opportunity to learn exactly what can set a good script that gets set in the waste basket apart from an outstanding one that gets a contract. By the end of this course, you will develop and perfect the first act of your spec script so it is ready to go right into a producer's hands!
Writing the 1-Hour TV Drama at Screenwriters University

Powerful Endings to Hook Your Reader
Write as you learn in this unique course that provides instruction, tips, online discussion, and relevant homework assignments, including an evaluation of pages from your ending. Examples from a wide variety of classic, popular, and highly acclaimed screenplays will be used to clarify principles and techniques as you design and write your powerful ending. Learn from The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects, and The King's Speech, as well as The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption, Galaxy Quest, Planet of the Apes, Psycho, Casablanca, Some Like it Hot, and more.
Powerful Endings to Hook Your Reader at Screenwriters University


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