I’ve got a new round of classes coming up this week and still have slots open in all three sessions. One is Wednesday nights, the second Thursday nights, and the third Saturday morning. All are taught online – all you need is a computer with a webcam in order to use Google Hangouts, which is how the class is taught.
The class is a mixture of lecture, in-class exercises, and critiquing each other’s work. Each session focuses on a different aspect of stories and story structure, with the final (sixth) class focusing on all the other stuff like conventions and sending stuff out and how to schmooze editors, why some people self publish and others don’t, and on and on.
The classes are lively and enjoyable. I’ve found the Google Hangout setup lets students use the chat window to ask questions while I’m lecturing, which I can then pull into the lecture more gracefully than the old hand up and call on someone method. They are relatively small – a maximum of eight people, not counting myself, and a number of the classes have formed their own writing groups afterward.
If you’re interested, please click on the Upcoming Classes link up near the top of the page for more details. I’m on the road right now, but I will try to answer comments or questions as soon as I can. Past students can testify that I’m an engaged and interested teacher with a decent understanding of how stories work and how to make yours stronger.