Study the Craft of Writingwith 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.
Write Your Book Now: A Twelve-Week Coaching Session for Writers
Update: All 2020 dates have been postponed
Are you working on a novel, a memoir, or a collection of short creative pieces? If so, you’re invited to accelerate your productivity this summer with seasoned authors Lisa Fugard and Windy Lynn Harris. Get two writing coaches in your corner and write that book!
A writing coach…
– keeps you on track with your writing goals
– gives you feedback on your project at regular intervals
– provides craft information to improve your storytelling
– answers your questions about the industry
One of the most important elements for completing a book is getting meaningful feedback along the way. Write Your Book Now participants submit 25 manuscript pages each month and receive detailed feedback on each batch. Included with every feedback session is a 30-minute follow-up video call to discuss your project and your progress. That’s three one-on-one sessions with a qualified mentor and three manuscript evaluations!
The manuscript feedback and video calls are just for you, but you won’t be alone on this journey. This session of Write Your Book Now will include a small community of fellow writers who are working on book projects too. You’ll be part of an exclusive community on our private Facebook page where you can get to know each other and talk shop.
In addition to the personal attention given to you and your project each month and the chance to meet other writers, participants receive support during the entire twelve weeks of this session. Accountability is key to your success, so every Monday you will declare your goals for the week on our private Facebook page. On Wednesdays, a new video lesson will appear there—12 topics in all! And each Friday is a Progress day where we’ll check in on your goals and answer questions about the wonderful (and often grueling) book-writing process.
Weekly topics during this session:
Week #1: Goal Setting for Book Projects
Week #2: How Many Drafts Will This Take?
Week #3: Should You Outline Your Project?
Week #4: Finding and Enhancing the Theme of Your Book
Week #5: Flashbacks and Time in Storytelling
Week #6: Scene Writing
Week #7: Crafting Strong Characters
Week #8: Dialogue
Week #9: Sensory Language
Week #10: Building Your Platform
Week #11: Revision
Week #12: Book Proposals and Queries: How to Land a Literary Agent
This session is for serious writers who want to finish a book in 2019. All session material will be tailored to your needs. Once accepted into the class you will receive a questionnaire about your writing journey, your current manuscript progress, and goals you have as a writer. Class size: 8 max. If you’re ready to write and learn come join the fun!
12-week coaching fee: $1900
(A $3600 value if scheduled individually)
To be considered for the summer 2019 session of Write Your Book Now, please send an email to Windy Lynn Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us a little bit about you and your book. Once accepted, class fee will be collected via PayPal.
Essay Boot Camp: Four Weeks of Serious Study
Update: All 2020 dates have been postponed
All students enrolled in this session will have access to our private Facebook page, a community center for the class. It’s a place to get to know your fellow classmates and ask questions. Every Monday you’ll see a writing prompt to get your fingers moving. On Wednesdays every student can post the opening paragraph of their essay-in-progress for feedback. And on Thursdays, enjoy a live Video Lesson with one of the instructors! (All videos are recorded and posted on the FB page.)Price includes a full three-step Developmental Edit on an essay of your choice.
Week #1: The Structure of Personal Essays
Every essay must reveal two things: an event from the writer’s life and an emotional journey.
Focus topic – Nostalgia Essays
Office Hours Video Lesson – Mining Your Life for Essay Ideas
Week #2: The Reflective Voice
Using the reflective voice in your essay allows you to reveal the deeper truth of your memories.
Focus topic – Relationship Essays
Office Hours Video Lesson – Character development for nonfiction writers
Week #3: Scene Writing for Personal Essays
Scenes are the visceral storytelling moments within your narrative.
Focus topic – Parenting or Childhood Essays
Office Hours Video Lesson – How and Where to Sell Your Personal Essays
Week #4: The Art of Revision
Learn how to build on your first draft and develop the narrative arc.
Focus Topic – Personal Transformation Essays
Office Hours Video Topic – How you craft your words into sentences to showcase your unique voice
HOW WE RUN THE COURSE
The weekend before class starts you will receive an invitation to our private Facebook page, the community center for the class where you can get to know your fellow writers, ask questions, and generate new material with a weekly prompt. Windy and Lisa alternate weeks on the page. Windy runs weeks 1 and 3. Lisa runs weeks 2 and 4.
- On Monday we will email you the lesson for the week. We will also post a creative prompt on the FB page to get you writing.
- On Wednesday you are welcome to share the first paragraph of your essay-in-progress and receive feedback from the whole group. We will post guidelines on how to give feedback and support your fellow writers.
- On Thursdays we have Office Hours. At 11.30 a.m Pacific time Windy or Lisa will be live on the FB page to talk about the topic of the week and answer any questions. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Office Hours. All video presentations are recorded and can be viewed anytime during the course.
This is an intensive online course, designed to get words on the page. It’s also great fun. We love teaching it!
To be added to the contact list for the next class, please send an email expressing your interest to Lisa at email@example.com. You will receive an invoice and welcome letter within 24 hours. All payments will be processed through PayPal.
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. She writes articles for the writing industry in places like The Review Review, Writer’s Market Books, Writer’s Digest blogs, and many other places. She is also a developmental editor for hire. More about Windy at www.windylynnharris.com (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. www.lisafugard.com