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Craft Classes

Craft Classes

Classes to help you better your writing prowess.

ON DEMAND: Beyond Bulletproof Barbie: Strong Female Characters for a Modern World

Class: Beyond Bulletproof Barbie

Regular Price: $55.00 USD Standard

SALE PRICE: $35 USD Standard

Where: On YOUR Computer

When: ON DEMAND

Female characters have evolved from 'damsel in distress' to the 'hardcore badass.' Problem is, fictional females escaped one boring mold only to end up in another even MORE boring mold.

But with lipgloss AND karate!

Strong female characters fascinate audiences on the page and on the screen. From Atomic Blonde to Wonder Woman, Special Agent Scully to Dr. Laura Isles, women can exude power and danger in a variety of ways.

Sadly, the badass female has devolved into a tired trope with the depth of a puddle.

This class is to challenge the concept of the dangerous woman as protagonist and antagonist. Creating a powerful woman involves more than handing her weapons, a black belt, and a terminal case of RBF (Resting B$#@% Face).

    • Expanding 'who' the dangerous woman IS;
    • Still waters run DEEP;
    • Broadening backstory;
    • Motives matter;
    • The 'Tomb Raider' effect;
    • Combat, weapons, tactics;
    • Expanding her 'arsenal';
    • Generating authentic dramatic action/tension;
    • Making the dangerous dame 'likable';
    • AND MORE...

As an author, competitive shooter, and former combatives instructor, there are few characters I LOVE more than a kickass female action hero. Conversely, fewer things vex me more than the tired cookie-cutter female action hero trope. Women can be powerful in a myriad of ways, beyond hand-to-hand combat and shooting everyone in the FACE.

This said, while we'll explore a wide variety of powerful women, if you long to write that female action hero, this class will (hopefully) make sure you do her justice.

About the Instructor

Kristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She’s just released her highly acclaimed debut mystery-thriller The Devil’s Dance.

Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.

Price: $35.00

Date: June 12, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Plot Boss---Writing Books Readers Want to BUY! (ON DEMAND)

Plot Boss---Writing Books Readers Want to BUY!

Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Regular Price: $55.00 USD Standard
SALE PRICE: $35.00 USD Standard
Where: On Your COMPUTER
When: Any time you like! ON DEMAND (available for purchase until July 17th)

Tired of starting book after book only to lose steam and unable to finish?

Do you finish, but your books keep getting rejected or they don't sell?

Do you finish, but it takes an ungodly amount of time?

Sure, great you land an agent for your book, but you don't have FIVE YEARS to write the next one!

This class is here to help. The writers who are making an excellent income are not doing it off ONE book, rather they are harnessing the power of compounded sales. This class is designed to help you learn to plot leaner, meaner, faster and cleaner (even for PANTSERS!)

Learn the basic elements of plot, various plotting techniques, how to test your seed idea to see if it is even strong enough to be a novel and MORE!

 

Price: $35.00

Date: July 1, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

SUMMER SALE! On Demand Fiction ADDICTION: The 'Secret' Ingredients to Books Readers CRAVE

Class Title: Fiction ADDICTION---The 'Secret' Ingredients to Books Readers CRAVE

Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Regular Price: $55.00 USD Standard

SALE PRICE: $35.00 USD Standard
Where: On YOUR Computer

When: ON DEMAND

Writing is more than stringing together description so lovely it makes angels weep.

What makes the difference between the meh and the magnificent? Why do some books hook while others collect dust?

What's that certain je ne sais quoi that makes some stories defy all odds and skyrocket to success? Conversely, why do some books have the cover, the ads, the promotion, and yet fail to ever ignite?

While there's no magic formula that will guarantee addiction to our fiction, there ARE some common ingredients to stories readers can't put down. These 'secret' ingredients aren't exactly secret, but they are very commonly overlooked, underestimated, and ignored.

In fact, these 'secret' ingredients are SO overlooked that I'd wager it's why the majority of novels fail to sell more than 500 copies.

Writers forget why readers read, what readers want, and serve filler instead of fire.

This class will challenge everything you think you know about what makes a good story. And since these are 'secret' ingredients, I'll see you in class to explain what they are and how to use them like a PRO.

Kristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She’s just released her debut thriller The Devil’s Dance.

Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.

 

Price: $35.00

Date: July 1, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Edge: How to Write Mystery, Suspense & Thriller

Class Title:  The Edge: How to Write Mystery, Suspense & Thriller

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Date:  THURSDAY, July 18th, 2019

Time: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00:PM EST

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Virtual Classroom/ Portal Page (Big Blue Button)

Class Description:

Mystery, suspense, and thriller are highly addictive genres that come with a massive and passionate fanbase. No matter the state of the industry, a great spine-tingling adrenalin rush is always appealing.

It's also a genre that has a tremendous amount of flexibility and range, from pulp fiction and amateur sleuths all the way to gritty Pulitzer and Edgar Award Winning novels.

These genres have a place for all kinds of writers.

In this class, you'll learn:

  • What exactly makes a book a mystery, suspense, thriller?
  • How do these genres blend and cross over?
  • How do you add in a romantic thread when bullets are flying?
  • What is the structure required for each of these genres? (Where do we put in clues? Add in the red herrings?);
  • How can we use imagination to deliver audiences something fresh and NEW?
  • How to craft your story as a series;
  • How to maximize appeal to possibly catch the film industry's eye?
  • And MORE...

Remember, a FREE recording comes with purchase of the class. If you can't make the time or you just want to be able to enjoy the class and rewatch for study later on, it doesn't matter. We got you covered!

About the Instructor:

Kristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She’s just released her highly acclaimed debut mystery-thriller The Devil’s Dance.

Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.

 

Price: $45.00

Date: July 18, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

More Than Crop Circles: Introduction to Science Fiction

Class Title: More Than Crop Circles: Introduction to Science Fiction

Price: $45.00 USD Standard

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Virtual Classroom/Portal Page (Big Blue Button)

Date: FRIDAY, July 19th, 2019

Time: 7:00 EST to 9:00 EST

Class Description:

Science fiction is a genre currently exploding in popularity. This genre comes with a rabidly passionate fanbase who never can seem to get enough of good stories. Great science fiction is almost guaranteed to spawn fan fiction and perhaps even hook the interest of the film industry.

Stranger Things, anyone?

Science fiction offers a wide range for all kinds of authors, from the short pulp to the longer Nebula Award winning stories.

In this class we'll learn:

  • What is genre and why should we care?
  • What makes science fiction science fiction and how this relates to reader expectations?
  • What are the fundamental tropes of science fiction?
  • Science fiction  sub-genres  and how to figure out what you've written;
  • The differences between sub-genres and Amazon categorie;s
  • How to use genre to market and sell your book!
  • And more...

 

***Remember, a FREE recording comes with purchase of the class. If you can't make the time or you just want to be able to enjoy the class and rewatch for study later on, it doesn't matter. We got you covered!

About the Instructor:

Maria Grace is the author of 23 books. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences.

She has one husband, earned two graduate degrees and two black belts, raised three sons, danced English Country dance for four years, is aunt to five nieces, is designing a sixth Regency-era costume, blogged seven years on Random Bits of Fascination, has outlines for eight novels waiting to be written, attended nine English country dance balls, and shared her life with ten cats.

Price: $45.00

Date: July 19, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Odd Couples: Blending Genres & Breaking Rules

Class Title: Odd Couples: Blending Genres & Breaking Rules

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Date:  THURSDAY, July 25th, 2019

Time: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00:PM EST

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Virtual Classroom/ Portal Page (Big Blue Button)

Class Description:

In an industry deluged with bad, boring, derivative books, we (authors) have a leviathan task. Get audiences excited about books again!

Playing with genres is a fabulous way to gut hook an audience and pique insatiable curiosity.

In this class we'll cover hot to merge genres in new and exciting ways. The goal is to create stories that are familiar enough to resonate, but unique enough to stand out from the pack.

We're going to learn some rules, break some rules, then let the muse have FUN!

In this class, we will cover:

  • The major genres as well as their rules, expectations and constraints;
  • How to break those rules, when and why;
  • Blending genres for effect;
  • Ways to remake the old into new (e.g. retelling or modernizing old myths or fairytales);
  • How to flip the script. Storytelling from the "villain's" perspective (e.g. Wicked);
  • And way more!

 

Remember, a FREE recording comes with purchase of the class. If you can't make the time or you just want to be able to enjoy the class and rewatch for study later on, it doesn't matter. We got you covered!

About the Instructor:

Kristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She’s just released her highly acclaimed debut mystery-thriller The Devil’s Dance.

Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.

 

Price: $45.00

Date: July 25, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited