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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.

We also add popular questions and answers from the webinars to our Searchable Q&A Library, so you can quickly search and find answers to a ton of common writing questions.

 
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Upcoming & Recent Webinars

 

The End. Now What: Everything You Need to Go From Finished Draft to Writing Career

🗓️  Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

The session outlines in detail the steps needed after writers complete their first draft of a novel or other full-length book. Topics covered include getting feedback, doing revisions and working with editors and beta readers, as well as how to proceed to the marketing phase of your journey with queries, synopses, loglines, and Twitter pitches. We will cover the differences between traditional and indie publishing and discuss the pros and cons of working with agents. Attendees will leave with insider knowledge of the publishing business and ideas about how to plan their next steps.

G.S. (Gabrielle) Prendergast is the bestselling author of numerous books for children and teens. She studied writing at the University of New South Wales in Australia, at San Francisco State University and the University of British Columbia. After years of working in the music industry, in social welfare, and the film industry, Gabrielle began writing books when she became a mother, so she could work from home. Her books have received nominations for the White Pine Award, the Canadian Library Association Award, the Vancouver Book Prize and several other honors. She won the BC Book Prize for her YA sci-fi Zero Repeat Forever  and the Westchester Award for her YA novel in verse Audacious. Born in the UK and both an Australian and New Zealand citizen, Gabrielle now lives in East Vancouver in a permanent state of  “under-construction.”

 

Connecting to History Through Fiction: A Conversation with Abdi Nazemian

🗓️  Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

Join Jessica Brody and author, screenwriter and producer Abdi Nazemian as they discuss how to authentically weave historical events into fiction! After the conversation, they’ll take your questions on historical fiction and all things writing.

Abdi Nazemian is the author of five novels. His first novel for adults, THE WALK-IN CLOSET, was awarded Best Debut at the Lambda Literary Awards. He has written four young adult novels, all published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins: THE AUTHENTICS, LIKE A LOVE STORY (a Stonewall Honor book and one of Time's 100 Best YA Books Of All Time), THE CHANDLER LEGACIES, and the upcoming ONLY THIS BEAUTIFUL MOMENT. Abdi has written six produced films, and has also written for the television series ORDINARY JOE, THE VILLAGE and ALMOST FAMILY. Abdi has been an executive producer or associate producer on numerous films, including CALL ME BY YOUR NAME and LITTLE WOODS. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband, their two children and their dog Disco.

Brainstorming a Successful Series: A Conversation with Marissa Meyer

🗓️  Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern

Join Jessica Brody and New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer as they discuss how to brainstorm and create a successful series! After the conversation, they’ll take your questions about all things writing.

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, The Renegades Trilogy, Heartless, the Wires & Nerve graphic novels, Instant Karma, and the Gilded duology. She also hosts a weekly podcast called The Happy Writer. She lives in Tacoma, WA, with her husband and twin daughters.

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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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Webinars are part of the Writing Mastery Academy

 

Here's what you'll get as a member:

 

                              

1. Unlimited Access to All Our On-Demand Writing Courses
($1,938 Value)



Our Course Library includes:

 
 

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 
Included with Membership
 

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 
Included with Membership
 

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 
Included with Membership
 

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
Included with Membership
 

Foundations of Fiction

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

Retail Price: $99
Included with Membership

 

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
Included with Membership
 

 

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
Included with Membership

 
 

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
Included with Membership
 

Develop Blockbuster Ideas that Sell

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

Retail Price: $99
Included with Membership

 
 

Conquering Writer's Block

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

Retail Price: $99
Included with Membership
 

 

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
Included with Membership

 
 

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
Included with Membership

 
 

All Future Courses

Members of Writing Mastery Academy always get first-look access to all future courses, with no change in membership price

 
 

2. Access to the Writing Mastery Community 
($1,799 Value)

 

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
($1,499 Value)

 

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 
($799 Value)

 

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 
($399 Value)

 

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

 

$1,938 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

 

$6,933

 

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