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How to Write for Middle-Grade Readers

Good news: There’s never been a better time to write Middle Grade. With the YA market as saturated as it is, editors aren’t acquiring as much of it as they used to. This has been …

Taught by Judy Goldschmidt

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Understanding Point of View

Point of view (or POV) is one of those tricky, technical elements in writing that can be a challenge for many writers. Together with voice, point of view helps establish the narration for your writing, and …

Taught by Gabriela Pereira

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How to Plot a Novel Using the 3-Act Story Structure

Behind every good story is a solid structure. That's a fact. So why, then, do so many writers shy away from using story structure when they're plotting their stories? Having a good structure in place is one …

Taught by Kristen Kieffer

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Developing Characters That Your Readers Will Love

What separates flat, forgettable characters from the marvelous fictional creations who you remember years after you've closed the book? And more importantly, how can you make sure the characters you write fall on the right side …

Taught by Hannah Sandoval

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Writing Dialogue That Develops Plot and Character

Dialogue can make or break your book. At its best, it can transform your story into a gripping tale populated with interesting, layered characters; when dialogue is bad, it can be downright unreadable. This course will …

Taught by Bridget McNulty

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Children's Book Course

Children’s Books 101: Writing for the Right Age Group

So you want to write for children? That’s great. But before you take another step, answer this question: who exactly are these children you’re writing for? Four-year-olds and fourteen-year-olds like different kinds of story — that …

Taught by Anna Bowles

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Short Story Free Course
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How to Craft a Killer Short Story

So, you've decided to write a short story! Many a published author got their starts from publishing short stories. It's the perfect medium for so many authors: succinct, clear, character-driven, and brief. Compared to the …

Taught by Laura Mae Isaacman

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Writing Ya Novels

The Ten Commandments of Writing YA Novels

It's strange to think how so many popular books have protagonists in their late teens—but there's something undeniably compelling about teenagers, caught in a web of fraught emotions and growing responsibilities. Perhaps this rich, emotional …

Taught by Kate Angelella

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How to Research a Historical Novel or Nonfiction Book

Historical research is a critical part of writing about the past. Finding the right details will augment the authenticity of your book. It may also act as a point of plot inspiration for historical novels. Historical research can involve anything …

Taught by Laurie Garrison

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The Non-Sexy Business of Writing Non-Fiction

Having a great non-fiction book idea is one thing. Writing a book and having it accomplish what you want it to for you and your readers is another. In this 10 day course, publishing coach Azul …

Taught by Azul Terronez

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How to Turn Your Cookbook Idea into a Reality

So, you want to write a cookbook — that’s great news because Food and Drink is one of the best-selling genres in nonfiction! But where to start?  Well, there are a few things you want to decide …

Taught by Laura Gladwin

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How to Stop Talking About Writing a Book and Actually Start Doing It

You have a great idea for a book but don’t know how to start. Or you’ve started, but you keep getting stalled out. It’s making you crazy and you yearn for a way forward. In …

Taught by Jennie Nash

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How to Write a Business Book

Every entrepreneur or business owner thinks about writing a book at some point. Books are "the new business card," a great way to position yourself (and your business) as a thought leader in your space. Plus, …

Taught by Alison Jones

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Stop Procrastinating! Build a Solid Writing Routine

Some people think that getting the inspiration and ideas to write is the hard part – the bit that really matters. We don’t agree. We think that the toughest part of writing is the writing …

Taught by Prolifiko

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How to Write a Novel

So, you want to write a novel? That's great news, but where do you go from here? Bestselling fantasy and historical fiction author Ben Galley will show you how to plan out your book, before revealing …

Taught by Ben Galley

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