Study the Craft of Writing

with Windy Lynn Harris & Lisa Fugard

Authors Windy Lynn Harris and Lisa Fugard offer a variety of online learning opportunities throughout the year. Each class includes weekly instruction, personal feedback, and access to a private class Facebook page.

Writer's Craft Boot Camp

Cost: $225 / $350

Next Session: October 23rd to November 17th

Do you want to write engaging essays and page-turning short stories? Are you working on a novel or typing away at your memoir? If you’d like to improve your storytelling skills and become a stronger and more confident writer, then Writer’s Craft Boot Camp is for you!

Writer’s Craft Boot Camp is a four-week writing instruction class that covers the eight essential building blocks of storytelling: Character, Setting, Scene Writing, Point-of-ViewPlot, RevisionTheme, and Dialogue.

There are two levels available for this class. One provides feedback on each of your homework assignments and one does not.


Class details and syllabus

Essay Boot Camp

Cost: $245 / $475

Next Session: August 28th to October 6th

Personal essays have a narrative arc, compelling characters, and mini-plot lines that push the reader toward a conclusion or a realization. There is a situation and a story. A personal essay isn’t simply an anecdote, but an in-depth exploration of a subject.

In this class, you’ll produce six new essays and learn the tools to revise them for publication. This course covers Essay Structure, Reflective Voice, Scene Writing for Essays, Revision Strategies, How to Sell Personal Essays, and Close Editing.

There are two levels available for this class. One provides feedback on each of your essays and one does not.

Class details and syllabus

Short Story Boot Camp

Cost: $245 / $475

Next Session: TBD

Many of the same craft techniques used to write novels are used to write short stories, but short stories stand apart as a separate form of prose, one that is delivered with concise language. It’s the use of compression and microscopic storytelling that make short stories unique.

There are five key elements in every solid short story: Character, Setting, Plot, Conflict, and Theme. Learn how to braid these elements together for maximum impact in a small amount of space.

There are two levels available for this class. One provides feedback on each of your short stories and one does not.

This class is in development. Details soon!

About Your Instructors

Windy Lynn Harris is the author of Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published. She’s a prolific writer, a trusted mentor, and a frequent speaker at literary events. Her long list of short stories and personal essays have been published in literary, trade, and women’s magazines across the U.S. and Canada in places like The Literary Review, The Sunlight Press, and Literary Mama, among many other journals. Her advice for writers can be found in The Review Review, The 2018 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books), The 2018 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books), and many industry blogs, including her own. More about Windy at (this site).

Lisa Fugard is the author of the highly acclaimed novel Skinner’s Drift and the writing inspiration book 21 Days to Awaken the Writer Within. Her creative work has been published in Story, Outside and other literary magazines. Her many travel articles, essays and book reviews have been published in the New York Times. As a freelance editor she has worked on a variety of books including Burning Desire, Dharma God and Path to Recovery by Kevin Griffin,  A Cure For Emma by Julie Colvin, and the cyberpunk romance Wired by Liz Maverick. She co-leads exclusive writing retreats through Wellness and Writing Retreats and teaches the craft of writing in the San Diego area.

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