I’ve been teaching courses for authors for seven years. My focus has always been on the business side, including planning, technology, and marketing. So, when you come to one of my courses, the assumption is you know how to write and have a good book–fiction or nonfiction ready to sell. If you need writing craft courses, I do have several suggestions toward the bottom of this page. People I trust and know the quality of their teaching.
I began teaching face-to-face workshops for writing groups in 2011 and 2012. By 2013 more people preferred to learn online where they didn’t have to be somewhere at a specific time. So, I moved by courses to an online platform and taught two week and one month courses. By 2016, writers again were busier and couldn’t commit to a time-limited course environment. So, I spent 2017 remaking my courses again. This time in video format. Of course, the information and examples are updated to all the changes in publishing, as well as new software options as I’ve had a chance to vette them and believe they are actually useful to writers.
If you have already published at least one book, then you may want to start with my free course Why Books Don’t Sell to learn about discoverability and what tweaks you can make to enhance sales. The free course provides two hours of instruction over six video modules. If you like the way I deliver the course and find it useful, then look at the other courses available. I will give you a heads up tnow: The best deals are to purchase the bundles because I’ve heavily discounted them. Check out all the details on each of the courses and the bundles at https://aww-on-the-go.teachable.com/courses/author/80582
You can now sign up for any of my courses. Take them anytime, anywhere, and keep coming back to them for years if needed. You no longer need to commit to a limited time period when they are offered. Each paid course also has an associated Facebook Group where you can ask questions, get some mentoring, and I’ll also share anything new around the topics or when I’ve updated the course with new information.
WRITING CRAFT COURSES
I don’t teach any writing craft courses. I’ve decided my niche is the business, technology, and marketing side of writing. However, I would highly recommend fellow teacher and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Buckham. At AWW On The Go, she has a series of videos on Writing Hooks. She is also doing regular monthly or weekly webinars that have been a hit with many authors. Check them out:
Dive Into Writing – A new topic every month.
Power Plotting – An intensive six-week series where Mary is your mentor.
I would also recommend developmental editor, Jodi Henley and NYT Bestseller Dianna Love Snell who teach workshops within the online lecture and discussion format where you can get feedback on your own work at https://www.allwriterworkshops.com/
Great Burbs Fast – Jodi and Dianna co-teach this one day course to help you create book blurbs that intrigue potential readers and publishing professionals to get your book noticed and bought. It is an intensive one-on-one coaching oriented course limited to only 10 people. The format is go-at-your own pace during the day and Jodi and Dianna will provide feedback as you send them your blurb(s).
Your Story Idea 101 – For those starting out with their book, developmental editor Jodi Henley helps to flesh out ideas, provide story structure, and define/troubleshoot characters, conflict, pacing, and other critical points to help make your story sing.
Narrative Non-Fiction Editing – There are many people teaching fiction writing and editing techniques, but few teaching non-fiction. Jodi helps you take your rough draft or you amalgamation of disconnected chapters and provides feedback on how to make it into a compelling narrative.
First Draft Developmental Edits – You know you should get a developmental editor for your book. However, your budget just can’t afford it. This course with developmental editor, Jodi Henley, helps you to recognize character, themes, pacing, plot, story arcs and more in your work and fix them. If you bring your completed first draft to the workshop, the feedback you receive will be most valuable.
First Chapter Editor Critique – The place most books go wrong is in the first chapter. No matter the perfect grammar or line-by-line prose, if the first chapter doesn’t intrigue the reader, it will result in a no sale for reader checking the “Look Inside” section online, or an agent or editor sending a rejection. In this workshop, developmental editor Jodi Henley will provide a first chapter (up to 25 pages) critique of YOUR manuscript. At this price, you can’t go wrong.