Craft Classes

Craft Classes

Classes to help you better your writing prowess.

Bring on the BINGE: How to Plot & Write a Series

Class Title: Bring on the BINGE: How to Plot & Write a Series

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $75 USD Standard (Use Code BINGE20 for $20 OFF if REGISTERED BY SEPTEMBER 17TH)

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

When: Thursday, September 30th, 7:00-9:30 EST

About the Class:

Series are HOT, HOT, HOT! Readers want to fall in love with our stories, our worlds, and our characters.

What do they want even MORE?

For the experience to NEVER END...EVER. When readers fall hard for a cast of characters or a world or a storyline, they want to remain in that dreamscape as long as humanly possible.

So let's give them what they want!

Series are a fantastic way to build a loyal and evangelical fanbase. Also, statistically, authors who have more titles for sale have far greater odds of making more money.

Connect these book titles together into a series? Who can resist just one...more...ride?

Another advantage to series? The small screen television business is BOOMING. From HBO to Netflix, to Amazon to the Hallmark Channel and more, producers are on the hunt for series that WOW.

Why? Because when they option a series it makes their business way simpler. They already have stories that a) are a proven commodity b) are simpler to translate to the screen and that c) come with the bonus of a ready-made fanbase.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller (a.k.a.The Lincoln Lawyer) books, Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike private detective series, Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire  (a.k.a. Game of  Thrones), and the list goes on.

Every genre has a breakaway series ignites a fanbase and that very often can also set fire to the small screen audiences as well.

If you're not yet excited about writing a series? Check if you have a pulse!

In this class we'll cover a LOT of territory:

  • The different types of series;
  • How to turn your standalone into a series;
  • How to plot a series ahead of time;
  • Ways to make each book fresh and unique;
  • Elements that make a series HIGHLY ADDICTIVE;
  • How to tease out spin-off series;
  • And more!

 

***REMEMBER, a FREE recording of class is provided with purchase for your enjoyment.

 

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 also the author of the highly acclaimed 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: $75.00

Date: September 30, 2021

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Practice Your Pitch: Master the Log-Line

Class Title: Practice Your Pitch: Master the Log-Line

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $45 USD Standard

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

When: THURSDAY October 14th, 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 9:00 P.M. EST ***USE Pitch10 for $10 off if you register by 10/1/21

About the Class:

Log-lines are crucial for understanding the most important detail, "WHAT is the story ABOUT?"

If we can't answer this question in a single sentence? Brain surgery with a spork will be easier than writing a synopsis. Pitching? Querying? A nightmare.

Revisions will also take far longer and are likely to be grossly ineffective.

Marketing? Fuggetaboutit.

As authors, we tend to think that EVERY detail is important or others won't "get" our story. Not the case.

If we aren't pitching an agent, the log-line is incredibly beneficial for staying on track with a novel or even diagnosing serious flaws within the story before we've written an 80,000 word disaster.

Perhaps the protagonist has no goal or a weak goal. Maybe the antagonist needs to be stronger or the story problem clearer. Maybe you are cramming too much into one book, when the idea really needs to be a series.

This is a two-hour interactive workshop.

  • The first hour will cover the components of a strong log-line and you'll learn to spot red flags that a concept is flawed.
  • The second hour of class, we'll workshop log-lines.
  • The first ten signups will be used as examples that we will workshop in the second hour of class. So get your log-line fixed for FREE by signing up ASAP.

Those who miss being in the first ten will get a deeply discounted workshop rate if they would like their log-line showroom ready.

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 also the author of the highly acclaimed 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: October 14, 2021

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Edge: How to Write Mystery, Suspense & Thriller

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

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $65 USD Use code Thrill10 for $10 off before 10/14/21

Date:  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021

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 to create amazing unreliable narrators
  • How do you add in a romantic thread when bullets are flying?
  • What are the most common structures used in 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 do you craft your story as a series?
  • How can you 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: October 21, 2021

Available Spaces: Unlimited