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Keep it Brief with Richard Thomas

Keep it Brief with Richard Thomas

Flash fiction is about brevity, so we'll keep this short: Click here, sign up, learn stuff, write harder. Boom.
Splash Page with Alex Segura

Splash Page with Alex Segura

Got a brilliant idea for a comic book? Don't know what to do with it? Let Alex Segura—novelist, writer, and editor at Archie and Dark Circle Comics—school you on pitching in this two week class.
Just the Gist with Rob Hart

Just the Gist with Rob Hart

Condensing several hundred pages of a novel into a short query or synopsis is tough. Editor and author Rob Hart will show you how to summarize your work with attention-grabbing brevity.
The Architecture of Fiction with Nick Mamatas

The Architecture of Fiction with Nick Mamatas

Where do you start? Where are you going? How do you get there? Answer those questions in this four-week workshop with author Nick Mamatas.
The Alchemy of Theme with Sarah Gerard

The Alchemy of Theme with Sarah Gerard

In this four-week workshop, you'll use the elements of fiction to identify opportunities for theme in your characters, settings, and prose—and bring them to the surface.
How to Monetize your Blog and Build an Audience with Jessica Festa

How to Monetize your Blog and Build an Audience with Jessica Festa

In this three-week workshop, learn to run your blog less like a hobby and more like a business. Jessica Festa of 'Jessie on a Journey' and 'Epicure & Culture' is here to be your guide.
Publish or Perish with Tobias Carroll

Publish or Perish with Tobias Carroll

Fiction magazine editors aren't normal readers—so what are they looking for? Tobias Caroll, managing editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, is here to tell you in this two-week course.
Writing From Your Queer Heart with Cooper Lee Bombardier

Writing From Your Queer Heart with Cooper Lee Bombardier

Explore new ways of thinking about your characters, and dig deep into your own identity, in this four-week class with writer, artist, performer and teacher Cooper Lee Bombardier.
Grammar & Style: Ten Days to Nail the Basics with Taylor Houston

Grammar & Style: Ten Days to Nail the Basics with Taylor Houston

A ten-day crash course in the basics of grammar and style (i.e. all that stuff you've forgotten from school), so you can build the foundation for solid, professional writing.
The Choreography of Violence with John Skipp

The Choreography of Violence with John Skipp

Want to write great fights, chases, deaths, and escapes? Exciting, powerful encounters that leap off the page? No matter your style or genre, John Skipp will show you how.
Short Story Mechanics with Richard Thomas

Short Story Mechanics with Richard Thomas

In two weeks, Richard Thomas will help you nail the mechanics of the short story. Perfect if you're a beginner, but anyone who wants to do some serious, fast-and-furious writing is welcome.
Fundamentals of Short Fiction with Steve Weddle

Fundamentals of Short Fiction with Steve Weddle

In this beginner-friendly four-week intensive workshop, author and editor Steve Weddle reveals the key skills for crafting short fiction to a publishable standard.
Funny Pages with Patrick Wensink

Funny Pages with Patrick Wensink

You have a natural sense of humor, even if you don't realize it. It's hard to bring it out in your writing—so let novelist and comedian Patrick Wensink show you how to bring the funny.
Multiple Viewpoints with Suzy Vitello

Multiple Viewpoints with Suzy Vitello

Navigate the various options related to point of view in this 10-day intensive under the guidance of Suzy Vitello, den mother of Portland's hottest writing group.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Toolbox with Bradley Beaulieu

Science Fiction & Fantasy Toolbox with Bradley Beaulieu

There are four primary building blocks to writing a breakout novel—regardless of genre. Bradley P. Beaulieu will walk you through them in this four-week workshop.
The Fundamentals of Graphic Design

The Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Learn the basics of graphic design as they apply to the publishing industry with acclaimed graphic designer Matthew Revert in this four-week workshop.
Become a Demigod with Delilah S. Dawson

Become a Demigod with Delilah S. Dawson

In this two-week crash course version of Delilah S. Dawson's hit workshop, learn to build a living, breathing, fantastical world—with real rules, real stakes, and real mechanics.
Bestseller Bootcamp with Ania Ahlborn

Bestseller Bootcamp with Ania Ahlborn

Writing a novel is like climbing a mountain—without a clear path, you'll find it's riddled with pitfalls. You need a plan. Bestselling author Ania Ahlborn is here to help in this four-week workshop.
200 Proof Storytelling With Craig Clevenger

200 Proof Storytelling With Craig Clevenger

Master the fundamentals of dramatic storytelling while eliminating the dead wood that drags down your prose in this four-week master class with Craig Clevenger.
A Screenwriter's Approach to Story Prep with Scott Myers

A Screenwriter's Approach to Story Prep with Scott Myers

A 4-week Master Class in the Screenwriter's Approach to Completing Your Story by "Breaking it in Prep." Great for screenwriters and highly applicable for novelists, too.
Age of Immersion with Lidia Yuknavitch

Age of Immersion with Lidia Yuknavitch

In this workshop we will write six short fictions that reflect the spirit of our existence inside immersion technologies, embracing the intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and other dimensions.
Anatomy of Archetypes with Nik Korpon

Anatomy of Archetypes with Nik Korpon

In this two-week class, learn fiction's classic character archetypes—then learn how to subvert those archetypes and make them your own, so you take something old and make it new again.
Become a God with Delilah S. Dawson

Become a God with Delilah S. Dawson

In this four-week workshop, learn to build a living, breathing, fantastical world—with real rules, real stakes, and real mechanics.
Beginning the Novel with Christopher Bram

Beginning the Novel with Christopher Bram

In this 6-week online writing class, you will explore key techniques and core attitudes for successfully beginning and sustaining a book-length work of fiction that you'll feel compelled to finish.
Between the Sheets with Rachel Kramer Bussel

Between the Sheets with Rachel Kramer Bussel

Writing about sex is so much bigger than one little Grey trilogy. Learn to write about sex with skill and grace, and then how to sell it, in this four-week workshop.
Bizarro Fiction 101 with J. David Osborne

Bizarro Fiction 101 with J. David Osborne

Think Bizarro is just weird for the sake of weird? Think again. Learn to utilize weird elements to engage the reader in this four-week workshop with J. David Osborne.
Bizarro Fiction 101 with Rose O'Keefe

Bizarro Fiction 101 with Rose O'Keefe

Think Bizarro is weird for the sake of weird? Think again. Learn to utilize weird elements to engage the reader in this four-week workshop with Eraserhead Press publisher Rose O'Keefe.
Charming with the Truth with Ed Sikov

Charming with the Truth with Ed Sikov

An intensive five-week class for writers of narrative non-fiction. Learn to turn your journal entries, observations, and brief personal essays into publishable work.
Concrete Storytelling with Melissa Olson

Concrete Storytelling with Melissa Olson

Writing a novel can be overwhelming. After all, that's a lot of words—all in a row, and they even have to make sense! Learn how to build the foundation for a book in this four-week workshop.
Crafting Compelling Sci-Fi with Georgia Clark

Crafting Compelling Sci-Fi with Georgia Clark

In this two-week online writing class, you'll craft compelling science fiction by drawing upon your own sociological, political, and economical conditions.
Drafting Your Dissent with Jen Fitzgerald

Drafting Your Dissent with Jen Fitzgerald

Learn your lineage, claim your space, and respect your art. Jen Fitzgerald will nurture the activist impulse and show you why socially-engaged poetry is necessary.
Drawing up the Devil with Samuel Sattin

Drawing up the Devil with Samuel Sattin

In this two-week crash course, you'll delve into what makes us identify with anti-heroes and villains, and how to successfully create them—without crossing the line into caricature.
Ecstatic States: Sex, Death and Memoir with Lidia Yuknavitch

Ecstatic States: Sex, Death and Memoir with Lidia Yuknavitch

Go beyond the clichés of sex and death to create powerful, original creative non-fiction from the inventive core of human experience in this five-week master class.
Embracing the Practice With Holiday Reinhorn

Embracing the Practice With Holiday Reinhorn

A 6-week deep dive into sustainable writing practice and the unique demands and rewards of the short story.
Everyone's a Critic with Ed Sikov

Everyone's a Critic with Ed Sikov

Contemporary media is overflowing with crap criticism. Learn to stand out by finding your critical voice in this two-week workshop with film critic and memoirist Ed Sikov.
Fiction Innovation Laboratory with Grace Krilanovich

Fiction Innovation Laboratory with Grace Krilanovich

In this two week workshop with Grace Krilanovich, expand your idea of what you can do with fiction—and learn nuts-and-bolts tools for getting that fiction down on paper.
Finding the Agent Who is Right For You with Bree Ogden

Finding the Agent Who is Right For You with Bree Ogden

Break out of fear and bridge the impasse from completed manuscript to knowing how to approach agents with confidence and find the right one for you. Clear guidance from and experienced agent.
Going Dark with Benjamin Whitmer

Going Dark with Benjamin Whitmer

Learn how going to the edge of your comfort zone and getting a little dark can illuminate your writing in this four-week writing workshop.
Gutter Opera with D. Foy

Gutter Opera with D. Foy

An amalgam of principles, techniques, strategies, and perspectives deployed singly and in unison to achieve a vision that couldn’t otherwise be achieved. Therein lies the heart of gutter opera.
How to Write and Sell the Young Adult Novel with Mandy Hubbard & Dawn Ius

How to Write and Sell the Young Adult Novel with Mandy Hubbard & Dawn Ius

In this four-week writing intensive, you'll learn how to write Young Adult fiction that sells—straight from Mandy Hubbard and Dawn Ius, both accomplished in the field of Young Adult fiction.
Into the Dark with Samuel Sattin - December 2014

Into the Dark with Samuel Sattin - December 2014

Learn what makes us identify with anti-heroes and villains, and how to successfully write them in this four-week workshop—without crossing the line into caricature.
Intro to New Adult with Rhonda Helms

Intro to New Adult with Rhonda Helms

New Adult novels, featuring protagonists aged 18 to 25 who are emerging into adulthood, have made a huge splash with readers. Get in on the fun in this four-week workshop.
Intro to Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels with Bree Ogden and Sterling Gates

Intro to Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels with Bree Ogden and Sterling Gates

A six-week workshop on the craft and business of writing comic books and graphic novels, led by literary agent Bree Ogden and professional comic book writer Sterling Gates.
Intro to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction

Intro to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction

Want to write sci-fi and/or fantasy? Don't know the difference between an elvish sword and a lightsaber? Kat Howard will teach you to write effective, exciting, fantastical stories.
Intro to Writing Graphic Novels with Bree Ogden

Intro to Writing Graphic Novels with Bree Ogden

A course in all the essential elements of writing and publishing the graphic novel.
Leading with Voice: How to Create Compelling First Person Narrators Who Drive Your Fiction with Vanessa Veselka

Leading with Voice: How to Create Compelling First Person Narrators Who Drive Your Fiction with Vanessa Veselka

A 5-week fiction master class that will lead you to a new level in generating strong, authentic first person narrators for voice-driven storytelling.
Lean, Mean Writin' Machine with John Skipp

Lean, Mean Writin' Machine with John Skipp

Want your writing to pack punch? Want every word to leave readers gasping for more? Whatever your genre, John Skipp will show you the moves in this intensive four-week training session.
Like Your Life Depends On It with Duane Swierczynski

Like Your Life Depends On It with Duane Swierczynski

In this four-week workshop, learn to write a breakneck, no-holds-barred, addictive story, all in service of keeping a reader turning the pages—even if his or her house is on fire.
Logic and the Unconscious: How to Write Like a Maniac, Then Like an Engineer

Logic and the Unconscious: How to Write Like a Maniac, Then Like an Engineer

An intuitive approach involving the utilization of a more urgent, language and image-driven process to create text, which you will then edit with precision.
Making a Monster with Ania Ahlborn

Making a Monster with Ania Ahlborn

Writing villains is easy. Writing believable villains that elevate your fiction from cliché to unforgettable is a lot harder. Let acclaimed horror author Ania Ahlborn show you how it's done.
Minimalism with Chuck and Suzy

Minimalism with Chuck and Suzy

Minimalism. What is it? How does it work? Come find out in this two-week workshop led by Chuck Palahniuk and Suzy Vitello.
NaNoFixMo with Delilah S. Dawson

NaNoFixMo with Delilah S. Dawson

National Novel Writing Month is over. Now you've got a giant mess of words. Take the steps toward shaping that mess into a book under the guidance of Delilah S. Dawson. December is NaNoFixMo.
New Year's Bootcamp with Joshua Mohr

New Year's Bootcamp with Joshua Mohr

Talent is important, but work ethic is better. Start the new year off right, with prompts, weekly page targets, and craft lectures, all aimed at getting you in the habit of producing new work.
Nuts & Bolts with Samuel Sattin - August 2013

Nuts & Bolts with Samuel Sattin - August 2013

In this two-week workshop, Samuel Sattin will teach you how to properly situate your characters and the world of your novel, so you can proceed on steady footing.
Planting the Clues with Joe Clifford

Planting the Clues with Joe Clifford

To write a mystery that grips your reader, you need to know your ending and plant your clues in the right places. Author and editor Joe Clifford shows you how it's done in this four-week workshop.
Plaracterization with Joshua Mohr

Plaracterization with Joshua Mohr

In this four-week workshop, Joshua Mohr will teach you how to get out of the way of your characters, and let them take the story where it's supposed to go.
Plot and Pattern with Sarah Gerard

Plot and Pattern with Sarah Gerard

'Plot' is so many different things. So instead of thinking about plot, think about pattern—the repetition around which we form expectations. Sarah Gerard will show you how in this four-week workshop.
Plotlines with Joshua Mohr

Plotlines with Joshua Mohr

Finding a balance between story and character is tough. Best-selling author Joshua Mohr will show you how to do it in this four-week workshop. After this, you'll never lose the plot again.
Polish & Publish Your Personal Essay with Chloe Caldwell

Polish & Publish Your Personal Essay with Chloe Caldwell

Want to learn how to write effective personal essays and place them for publication? Then check out this four-week workshop with Chloe Caldwell!
Publish or Perish with Steve Weddle - August 2013

Publish or Perish with Steve Weddle - August 2013

Fiction magazine editors aren't normal readers—so what are they looking for? One of the gatekeepers—Steve Weddle of NEEDLE—is here to tell you in this two-week course.
Say It Like You Mean It: 10 Days to Better Dialogue with Suzy Vitello

Say It Like You Mean It: 10 Days to Better Dialogue with Suzy Vitello

In this ten-day crash course, Suzy Vitello—den mother of Chuck Palahniuk's writing group—will teach you the secrets of writing dialogue that sings.
Seductive Beginnings with Suzy Vitello

Seductive Beginnings with Suzy Vitello

In four weeks, you'll learn to identify your strengths as a writer—and how to capitalize on those strengths in pursuit of publishing success.
Something Out Of Nothing with Patrick Wensink

Something Out Of Nothing with Patrick Wensink

In this three-week workshop, use the tools and tricks of improv comedy to build momentum in your stories and write stronger plots.
Staging the Conflict with David Corbett

Staging the Conflict with David Corbett

In this four-week workshop, award-winning author David Corbett will guide you through an exploration of how to frame the conflict of a story through compelling, essential characters.
Structuring Your Novel with Joseph Nassise

Structuring Your Novel with Joseph Nassise

Building a novel is like building a house. It's only going to work if you start with a strong foundation. Find your story foundation with best-selling novelist Joseph Nassise in this six-week course.
Taboo Topics with Juliet Escoria

Taboo Topics with Juliet Escoria

We all have secrets. Things too shocking to reveal in polite company. In this four-week workshop, learn how to exorcise your demons on the page and use them to create writing with real impact.
Talking Scars with Jack Ketchum

Talking Scars with Jack Ketchum

A four-week intensive exploration of the needs, demands, and possibilities of horror and suspense writing, led by a grand master of the form.
The Art of Subversion with J. David Osborne

The Art of Subversion with J. David Osborne

In this two-week workshop, learn to kill those those bad habits that come with using tropes in fiction, and create a living, breathing world that surprises your reader and makes you stand out.
The Art of the Query Letter with Literary Agent Bree Ogden

The Art of the Query Letter with Literary Agent Bree Ogden

Learn to write and pitch an effective query letter that grabs the attention of the reader, under the guidance of Bree Ogden, an agent at Red Sofa Literary.
The Art of the Query Letter with Literary Agent Maria Vicente

The Art of the Query Letter with Literary Agent Maria Vicente

Learn to write and pitch an effective query letter that grabs the attention of the reader, under the guidance of Maria Vicente, an agent at P.S. Literary Agency.
The Art of the Query Letter with Pam van Hylckama Vlieg

The Art of the Query Letter with Pam van Hylckama Vlieg

Learn to effectively write and pitch a query letter under the guidance of a literary agent in this two-week course.
The Art of the Query Letter with Sarah LaPolla

The Art of the Query Letter with Sarah LaPolla

Learn to effectively write and pitch a query letter under the guidance of a literary agent in this two-week course.
The Basics of Scene with Wally Rudolph

The Basics of Scene with Wally Rudolph

This four-week workshop will focus on the mechanics of scene writing, drawing from a cross-section of genres and mediums—from playwriting to literary fiction to screenwriting.
The Character of Crime with David Corbett

The Character of Crime with David Corbett

Four week crime writing master class with David Corbett. Explore key distinctions and foundational skills for effective and boundary pushing crime fiction.
The Character of Plot with David Corbett

The Character of Plot with David Corbett

Forget arbitrary plot points and formulaic three-act structure. Learn to build plot from strong characters with profound needs and desires in this four-week workshop.
The Craft of Character II with David Corbett

The Craft of Character II with David Corbett

Dive deeper into the beating heart of your characters with acclaimed author David Corbett, in the newest iteration of his hit four-week writing workshop.
The Craft of Character with David Corbett

The Craft of Character with David Corbett

In this 4-week course, award-winning author David Corbett will teach you the techniques for situating complex characters in compelling stories, and how to render them on the page.
The First 50 Pages with Eric Obenauf

The First 50 Pages with Eric Obenauf

Master the power of a strong opening, how to create and maintain conflict and fiction, and how to stack the deck on your protagonist, all while keeping an editor riveted through your First 50 Pages.
The Horror, The Horror II: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

The Horror, The Horror II: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

This four-week workshop will teach you how to write horror that goes beyond the scares and beyond the gross-out, to compel, challenge, and move the reader.
The Horror, The Horror III: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

The Horror, The Horror III: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

This four-week workshop will teach you how to write horror that goes beyond the scares and beyond the gross-out, to compel, challenge, and move the reader.
The Horror, The Horror IV: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

The Horror, The Horror IV: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

This four-week workshop will teach you how to write horror that goes beyond the scares and beyond the gross-out, to compel, challenge, and move the reader.
The Horror, The Horror V: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

The Horror, The Horror V: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

This four-week workshop will teach you how to write horror that goes beyond the scares and beyond the gross-out, to compel, challenge, and move the reader.
The Horror, the Horror: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

The Horror, the Horror: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance

In this four-week intensive online writing class, you'll explore and master the basic elements for constructing horror fiction to a professional standard.
The Next Draft with Johnny Shaw

The Next Draft with Johnny Shaw

Got a manuscript you can't crack? Stalled on your screenplay? In this four-week workshop, Johnny Shaw will teach you the art of the rewrite—where the real magic happens.
The Spine of Crime with David Corbett

The Spine of Crime with David Corbett

A 4-week master class in setting, structure, and suspense for crime stories.
The Truth of the Matter with Alan Black

The Truth of the Matter with Alan Black

Writing a column requires leanness and precision. Master the form while developing your voice in this two-week workshop with 'San Francisco Chronicle' writer Alan Black.
Tough Dames with Christa Faust

Tough Dames with Christa Faust

Christa Faust is one of crime fiction's most badass writers. And she'll teach you how to write women who kick as much ass as she does, using the rules of hardboiled and noir fiction.
Trim the Fat with Richard Thomas

Trim the Fat with Richard Thomas

In this two-week workshop, Richard Thomas will teach you how to edit your work like a surgeon—to kill your darlings, trim the fat, and leave only the best bits of the story behind.
Turbocharge Your Characters with Delilah S. Dawson

Turbocharge Your Characters with Delilah S. Dawson

Master the art of creating compelling, unforgettable characters through dynamic action and punchy dialog in this four-week course with award-winning author Delilah S. Dawson.
Urban Fantasy 101 with Joseph Nassise

Urban Fantasy 101 with Joseph Nassise

In this four-week online workshop, best-selling urban fantasy novelist Joseph Nassise will guide you through the essential elements and techniques needed to write urban fantasy.
Write What You Fear with Gemma Files

Write What You Fear with Gemma Files

Personal experience is the grit from which horror's most resonant pearls are grown. Get to the root of what scares you and produce a submission-ready story in this three-week workshop.
Writing About Relationships with Chloe Caldwell

Writing About Relationships with Chloe Caldwell

How do we face our families and friends after we've plumbed the depths of our relationships with them? Chloe Caldwell can teach you how in this four-week workshop on the art of personal essays.
Writing Contemporary Teen with Suzy Vitello - September 2014

Writing Contemporary Teen with Suzy Vitello - September 2014

Young Adult is bigger than dystopian landscapes and overly-complicated sorting rituals. In this four-week class, learn to accurately render real teens in contemporary settings.
Writing Crime Fiction with David Corbett

Writing Crime Fiction with David Corbett

An introduction to the Dark Arts: Crime Fiction in Theory and in Practice
Writing High-Octane Fiction with Weston Ochse

Writing High-Octane Fiction with Weston Ochse

There's an art to action fiction. And SEAL TEAM 666 author Weston Ochse—a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier—will show you how it's done.
Writing the Other with Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford

Writing the Other with Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford

Diversity is good. Stereotypes are not so good. In this two-week workshop, Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will show you how to write diverse characters while avoiding common pitfalls.
Writing the Silence with Jen Fitzgerald

Writing the Silence with Jen Fitzgerald

Poetry and Essay share a cerebral kinship. They follow their own paths, but are born of living. In this three-week workshop, learn how to draw from your life to create art.
Writing the Weird with JS Breukelaar

Writing the Weird with JS Breukelaar

In this four-week workshop, you'll work with JS Breukelaar to create characters, structures, and settings that defy convention and push you into unfamiliar—and daring—territory.
Writing Through Trauma with Sean Davis

Writing Through Trauma with Sean Davis

Learn to use humor when writing about traumatic experiences to create powerful scenes and stories in this four-week workshop with memoirist Sean Davis.
Your Life Story is Five Pages Long with Stephen Graham Jones

Your Life Story is Five Pages Long with Stephen Graham Jones

A four-week master class with Stephen Graham Jones that expands and perfects a class concept he taught for a single intensive week to an exclusive MFA group last summer.
Your Personal Essay with Chloe Caldwell

Your Personal Essay with Chloe Caldwell

Got a personal essay you've been sitting on that needs a polish and then a home? Chloe Caldwell comes to your rescue in this two-week version of her hit personal essay class.