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Join the Writing Mastery Academy today and get access to live and recorded webinars on popular writing topics, software, craft skills, and more. Most webinars include a Q&A session, where you can submit questions (up to a month ahead of time!) and get them answered. Plus, each webinar is recorded so you have the option of showing up live, or watching the recording at a time that’s more convenient, or when you need a refresher on the topic.

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Create a Foundation
for a Series

🗓️  Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

When writing a series, you have more artistic decisions to make than when you’re writing a standalone novel. And if you don't make these decisions before you begin, you may end up with more work down the line. In this webinar, authors Kristina Stanley and Lucy Cooke will cover:
-The differences between writing a standalone novel and a series.
-The decisions you should make before writing that will set you up for a successful series.
-How to choose what type of series you'll write.

In this event, they’ll explain how to make the first of those decisions. They’ll set you up, so you're writing your series from a place of strength!

Kristina Stanley is the founder and Fictionary and is the CEO. Fictionary helps writers and editors create better stories faster with software, an online community, and training. She is the co-author of Secrets to Editing Success, The Secrets to Outline a Novel, and Secrets to Writing a Series. Her novels include The Stone Mountain Mystery Series. Her first novel, Descent, was nominated for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Unhanged Arthur for excellence in crime writing. Descent is also published in Germany by Luzifer-Verlag. Blaze was shortlisted for the 2014 Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger. Her short stories are published in The Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and Voices from the Valleys. Her short story When a Friendship Fails won the Capital Crime Writers award.

Lucy Cooke is a Fictionary Certified StoryCoach Editor and Head of Community and Training at Fictionary. She is the co-author of Secrets to Editing Success, Secrets to Outlining a Novel, and Secrets to Writing a Series. She is writing her first novel, My Fairy Assassin.

Writing Interiority: How to Reveal Your Character's Inner Life on the Page

🗓️  Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

In this training, Savannah will talk about how you can use interiority to reveal your character’s inner life. And this is one of her FAVORITE topics because interiority is the secret sauce that can take a novel from good to great. You’ll also learn why revealing your character’s inner life is KEY to drawing readers in from the very start and keeping them engaged all the way to ‘The End.”

Savannah Gilbo is a certified developmental editor and book coach who helps fiction authors write, edit, and publish stories that work. She’s also the host of the top-rated Fiction Writing Made Easy Podcast, where she delivers weekly episodes full of simple, actionable, and step-by-step strategies that you can implement in your writing right away. You can learn more at savannahgilbo.com

Office Hours with Mary Kole

🗓️  Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

Former literary agent Mary Kole provides consulting and developmental editing services to writers of all categories and genres, working on children’s book projects from picture book to young adult, and all kinds of trade market literature, including fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and memoir. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has worked at Chronicle Books, the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and Movable Type Management. She has been blogging at Kidlit.com since 2009. Her book, Writing Irresistible Kidlit, a writing reference guide for writers of middle grade and young adult fiction, is available from Writer’s Digest Books.

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Build A Thriller Backwards with Alexa Donne

How do you write a compelling, compulsive mystery/suspense/thriller book? What are the components to keep in mind as you are brainstorming and planning, whether you are an outliner or a pantser? Alexa Donne will share how she approaches planning and writing a thriller–backwards! (Don’t worry it sounds scarier than it is.) She’ll go over essential components of a mystery/thriller, key thriller beats, popular tropes, pacing tips, and more that you can apply to adult, YA, or MG suspense books.

 
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The Five Point Finale

If you've ever felt your endings don't feel earned, or that things get "wrapped up too easily" in the end, you won't want to miss this webinar. Join Jessica for a discussion about the Save the Cat! Five-Point Finale and how you can use it (for any genre!) to make your Third Act more compelling and dynamic. Jessica covers the Finale beat, the five points of the Five Point Finale, and gives examples from popular movies and novels. 

 
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The Psychology of Great Characters: A Conversation with Mary Kole

Join Jessica Brody and Mary Kole, Founder and Executive Editor at Good Story Company, and instructor of Crafting Dynamic Characters, as they discuss the psychology of great characters. After the conversation, they’ll be taking your questions on character development, the Crafting Dynamic Characters course, and all things writing. 

 
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Writing with Scrivener with Michael La Ronn

In this session, Michael will cover what Scrivener is and why it is an essential writing app in your arsenal. He’ll cover both basic and intermediate features you’ll need to know to plan, write, edit, and format your novel in Scrivener, as well as some tips that will make you more productive. By the end, you’ll feel more comfortable with the app and how to write books in it effectively.

 
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Cheat Codes for Creating Sympathetic Characters with Scott Reintgen

So much of writing comes back to a single question: is the reader interested in following the main character into your story? In this session, author Scott Reintgen will walk through 17 methods that will have the reader falling head over heels for your characters. With each “cheat code”, we’ll discuss examples from literature and film. You’ll be surprised how deftly some authors have wielded these methods to create the characters we love the most. But most importantly, you’ll be able to take these back and easily apply them to your own work.

 
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Writing Sequels and Series

Learn how to write and plot compelling sequels and series using the Save the Cat! plotting method. In this webinar, Jessica covers the two main types of series, the series Beat Sheet, tips for going beyond the first book, and what to know before you start. 

 
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Writing Multiple Points of View

Join Jessica Brody as she breaks down her best practices for juggling multiple points of view (and beat sheets!) in a single story. Jessica covers what multiple POV is, gives examples from popular novels, discusses why you would want to use multiple POV in your stories, the challenges and benefits, some best practices, and how to track multiple POVs in the Save the Cat! Beat sheet.

 
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How to Write Page-Turning Tension with Jordan Rosenfeld

Just learning the basic building blocks of story craft is not enough to write a page-turning story; you need to master the art of tension on every page and within every element of the story. From the inner conflicts of a character’s deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, creating tension is critical to crafting a story your readers can’t put down!

 
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Crafting Your Ending with Simon & Schuster Editorial Director Kendra Levin

How do you bring a piece of writing to a conclusion that your readers won’t see coming and that leaves them satisfied? Join editorial director and life coach for writers Kendra Levin in a deep dive into the craft of endings. We’ll explore how to find the answers within your characters, using mythic structure as a tool, and boots-on-the-ground approaches to tackling that final, vital part of your story’s arc.

 
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1. Unlimited Access to All Our On-Demand Writing Courses
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Save the Cat! Novel Writing Course

OFFICIAL SAVE THE CAT! COURSE
Discover the secret storytelling code behind all great novels and use it to outline, write, or revise your own

Retail Price: $199 
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Novel Fast Drafting Course

Stop stressing, second-guessing, and revising endlessly. Learn the fastest, most efficient way to write novels (and finish them every single time)

Retail Price: $199 
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The Complete Novel Revision Course

Learn a time-tested, step-by-step revision process for taking your novel from first draft to final draft 

Retail Price: $299 
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Crafting Dynamic Characters

Learn to create fully fleshed-out, dynamic characters and how to reveal them to the reader in a way that grabs their attention and captures their heart

Retail Price: $199
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Foundations of Fiction

Master the foundations of compelling fiction and use them to craft killer novels, memoirs, or short stories

Retail Price: $99
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Scene Crafting Masterclass

Master the art of writing scenes that hook, engage, and leave readers hungry for more

Retail Price: $199
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Level Up Your Writing

Challenge your creativity and sharpen your skills across seven key story elements in this interactive online course with bestselling author Scott Reintgen

Retail Price: $199
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Productivity Hacks for Writers

Learn to "hack" your brain, space, and devices to stay focused, be more productive, and get the most out of every writing day

Retail Price: $99
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Secrets to Self-Publishing Success

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to successfully self-publishing and marketing your novel, with bestselling author Bethany Atazadeh

Retail Price: $199
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Develop Blockbuster Ideas that Sell

Unleash your creativity and brainstorm "high-concept" book and movie ideas that sell

Retail Price: $99
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Conquering Writer's Block

Proven strategies, techniques, and tools to overcome writer's block (for good!), and become a Prolific Writer

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Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher

A comprehensive, step-by-step  insider's guide to selling your book and becoming a paid, published author

Retail Price: $199
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Fiction for Young Writers

A fun, interactive workshop to help young writers unlock their creativity, improve their craft, and write better stories (ages 9+)

Retail Price: $49
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2. Access to the Writing Mastery Community 
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You're not in this alone

Writing can be a solitary endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. As a Writing Mastery member, you'll become part of a thriving, positive community of writers of all skill levels, from around the world. With dedicated topic areas for each course, plus topics for staying accountable to achieving your goals, finding critique partners, discussing specific genres, or just talking shop, the Community is there to support you on every step of your writing journey.

 

Course Topics

Share progress, ask questions, answer questions, and chat with fellow writers taking the same course as you

 

Genre Discussions

Chat with other writers working on similar projects in your genre

 

Writing Sprints

Why write alone? Join a scheduled sprint, or create one any time to challenge and motivate yourself to write more!

 

Monthly Challenges

Fun and motivating challenges every month to help you stay motivated and get to know your fellow members

 

Critique Partners

Find critique partners and beta readers to help you get more eyes on your work

 

Goals & Accountability

Simply announcing your goals to others has a HUGE impact on your success. And you've got a place just for this!

 

Writers Only

This is not a Facebook group. It's a community of 100% writers, so there are no distractions

 

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3. Monthly "Members Only" Webinars + Recordings
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Get access to live, monthly webinars on specific writing topics. Most webinars end with a Q&A session, which gives you a chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. Can't join live? No worries! Recordings of every webinar are available to watch (or rewatch) anytime. 

 

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4. "Office Hours" with Instructors & Guests 
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Get Your Writing Questions Answered

Bring your questions to our live "Office Hours" webinars, where instructors and special guests spend time dedicated to answering member questions. 

 

BONUS: Searchable Q&As from Office Hours & Webinars
($499 Value)

 

Get Answers Fast from our Growing Library of Answered Questions

We take the top questions from all our Office Hours and Webinars, edit them into their own mini-lectures, and categorize them for you. Categories include character development, fast drafting, NaNoWriMo, pacing, point of view, revising, writing process, worldbuilding, and more. It's very likely we've answered a question similar to yours, so this is a great resource to get answers fast!

 

Here's a sample of the available questions:

 

Character Development

  • How to create well-rounded characters?
  • Does a hero always have to change over the course of a story
  • What's the best way to have a character realize something organically?
  • How do I make readers like an unlikable character?


The Publishing Industry

  • What is a realistic timeline between drafting and getting published?
  • How do I find an editor?
  • Can you publish on various platforms?
  • Is traditional publishing still a viable path?


Revisions

  • How do you keep track of your revision process?
  • How do you know when you're done revising a chapter?
  • What do I do if I get bored with the story I'm writing?
  • How do I start revisions for a very messy draft?
 

Save the Cat! & Plotting

  • How do you structure a series using Save the Cat!?
  • How do the Save the Cat! beats relate to chapters?
  • How do you use Save the Cat! in the revision process?
  • Does a hero always have to change over the course of a story?

 

World Building

  • How do you build a convincing fantasy world?
  • How do you describe a world in a way that shows rather than tells?
  • How much setting detail is too much?
  • What's the difference between a world and a setting?


Writing Process

  • How do you defeat perfectionism to finish a book?
  • How do you find your voice as a writer?
  • How do I prioritize all the story ideas I have and avoid leaving stories half-finished?
  • How do I turn a hodgepodge of detailed notes and dialogue into a draft?
 

BONUS: Surprise Bonus Content 
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Fun, Useful Tools & Resources to Keep You Moving Forward

You'll find all sorts of fun and useful things here like free beat sheets, extra writing prompts, interviews with special guests, behind-the-scenes peeks at writers' processes, and much much more! And the longer you're a member, the more Bonus Content you'll collect!

 

Here's Everything You'll Get When You Join the Writing Mastery Academy Today:

 

  Unlimited access to all our on-demand writing courses

 

$2,137 value

 

  The Writing Mastery Community 

 

$1,799 value

 

  Monthly "members only" webinars + webinar recordings

 

$1,499 value

 

  "Office Hours" with instructors & guests

 

$799 value

 

  Searchable Q&As from office hours & webinars

 

$499 value

 

  Surprise bonus content

 

$399 value

 

TOTAL VALUE

 

$7,132

 

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