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Upcoming Classes in September/October 2013

I have openings fill in some upcoming classes, so I wanted to tout them a bit. You can find the permanent class list here.

All of the classes are taught online, using Google hangouts. For optimal experience, it’s best to have a computer with a WebCam, but in a pinch audio only capability will still allow you to participate.
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Here’s Where I Am At Norwescon Today – Sunday

My schedule for Norwescon 35’s last day, and details on upcoming classes.
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What is the First Pages Class?

This is the class that more people have enthused about afterwards than any other, in my experience. It’s team-taught. You give us the first 500 words of your novel. One of the instructors reads it aloud, then both discuss it.

Sounds pretty simple, no? Sure. It’s that simplicity that lets the instructors range across a wide array of tools and strategies.
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Online Classes: Special Deal Through January 2, 2013

Please pass news of this deal along!

I’m offering a special deal for sign-ups in next year’s F&SF classes or the editing class in the form of a free extra class.

Sign up for Writing F&SF Short Stories (Section 2: Thursdays, 1-3 PM PST, Jan 10, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21 or Section 3: 8-10 PM PST Thursdays; Jan 10, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21) or Editing 101 (4-6 PM PST Sundays; Feb 10, 17, 24) and get a bonus class.
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News and Classes

Right now I’m running a special on the online Writing F&SF Stories class that’s starting this Saturday, December 1. It is six Saturday mornings, 9:30-11:30 AM PST. I’m also offering an early sign-up rate on January and February classes. Pay by December 15 and get the early rate. It’s been fun planning this round and trying to come up with some new and interesting stuff as well as repeating the successful classes. So here’s the list: Writing F&SF Short Stories, Editing 101, Flash Fiction Workshop, Literary Techniques in Speculative Fiction, Building an Online Presence for Writers, First Pages Workshop, (new class) The Art of the Book Review, and (new class) What You Need to Need About Electronic Publishing.

Want more details about the classes? You can find descriptions, dates, and costs on the Upcoming Classes page, where you can also sign-up to be on the mailing list!
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First Pages Workshops in November and December 2012

People have been asking about the First Pages workshop, and I’m pleased to say I’ll give two more before the end of the year.

For folks who don’t know what that is, you bring the first 500 words of your novel, and we do a session talking about what your pages are promising for the book overall, problems that you might want to address, suggestions for further development, and marketing advice for when you’re ready to send your manuscript out. This is the class that people have raved about in the past, so I’m excited to be running it again.
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First Pages Workshop This Sunday

This Sunday Louise Marley and I are doing our online First Pages workshop again. You give us the first 500 words of your novel and we will talk about what’s getting set up for the book, what you might want to watch for, what you’re promising (or not promising) your readers, world-building and how important it is in that first section, marketing, titling, advice on agents and sending the manuscript out, and a scad of other things. It’s a workshop that participants come away from feeling charged and ready and with pages of notes about things to do. Continue reading

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Upcoming Classes Through June

I’m in the process of adding a section on the website that permanently lists what’s coming up – it will be here and currently holds a duplicate of the info in this post. Please pass the URL to this link … Continue reading

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