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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: $25 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: $25.00

Date: November 20, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

ON DEMAND Dark Arts: NEW YEAR SPECIAL Building Your Villain

Dark Arts: Building Your Villain

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: General Admission $55 USD

SALE PRICE: $30

Where:  On Your Computer (Or Supported Devices)

When: On Demand

Class Description:

Villains are some of the most powerful characters in all of literature. Create them well and they become the substance of legend. Fail to craft them properly, though, and the reader is left with a dull, mustache-twirling plot puppet.

Flat, lifeless and...forgettable.

This class is designed to train you to dig deep into the human psyche to craft villains readers won't be able to stop talking about.

Superlative villains make for high stakes, high tension, and a knuckle-biting, page-turning read (regardless of genre).

Virtually any genre can employ (or deploy) the villain, and this class will show you how to use your villain(s) to craft a story readers won't be able to put down.

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: $30.00

Date: December 3, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

ON DEMAND Bring on the BINGE: New Year's Special How to Plot & Write a Series

Class Title: ON DEMAND Bring on the BINGE: HOLIDAY SPECIAL How to Plot & Write a Series

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $65 USD Standard

SALE PRICE: $40

Where: From Your PC (and certain other smart devices)

When: At Your Convenience

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!

 

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: $40.00

Date: December 29, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Art of Character: NEW YEAR SPECIAL Writing Characters for a SERIES ON DEMAND

The Art of Character: Writing Characters for a SERIES

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: General Admission $65.00 USD

SALE PRICE: $40.00 USD Standard

Where: ON DEMAND (at your computer)

When: ANYTIME YOU LIKE!

Class Description:

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

Which is where we'll focus during this class.

CHARACTERS are critical when it comes to creating a series readers want to BINGE. 

When readers fall hard for a main character or a cast of characters, they want to remain in that dreamscape as long as humanly possible because they CARE. They've become vested in what happens to their favorite character(s).

So let's give them what they want!

The disconnected series is only as strong as the core character (e.g. Jack Ryan).

What makes readers crave the next book and the next and the NEXT? A strong core character who's relatable and flawed, but simultaneously larger than life.

The connected series requires an entire cast that can help the story go the distance from inciting incident to the final book and BIG BOSS BATTLE (e.g. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games).

As we've already talked about, 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.

This is a THREE HOUR CLASS that will come with notes and a template to help you create your characters and keep them organized and evolving.

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

  • How to create a hero/heroine for the disconnected series (e.g. Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles)
  • Crafting the larger than life character readers can't help but fall for (e.g. Detective Harry Bosch)
  • Creating a dimensional CAST for your disconnected series
  • Crafting supporting characters that drive your MC's character arc
  • How to create a hero/heroine for the connected series (e.g. Harry Potter)
  • Balance the party
  • Crafting a larger than life cast of characters that can build your series' momentum
  • And more!

All from the comfort of HOME at YOUR computer!

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: $40.00

Date: December 29, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Taking the Plunge New Year's Special! How to Write Deep POV

Class Title: ON DEMAND: Taking the PLUNGE: How to Write Deep POV

Price: $55.00 USD US Standard

SALE PRICE: $30.00 US Standard

Where: From Your PC (and Supported Digital Devices)

When: ON DEMAND

Class Description:

Storytelling, like fashion, changes with the times. One trend that is HOT, HOT, HOT! Going deep, man.

We live in a reality TV generation where audiences crave a total immersion experience.

Readers want to feel as if they are in the skin of the characters. Often we accomplish this effect by writing in first-person POV.

Alas, first-person POV isn't ideal for every story or author. Good news, is DEEP POV is here to help.

Ditch the author intrusion and submerge your readers so deep in the fictive dream they don't dare close the book, because if they surface too quickly?

They'll get the bends.

While Deep POV is simple, it's anything but EASY. Alas, the brilliant and talented Maria Grace is an expert who'll help you master this technique easy-peasy.

  • Class will cover: What is POV

  • POV and narrative distance

  • What is Deep Third, when to use it and when not to use it

  • 12 Ways to Write Deep POV

 

About the Instructor:

Maria Grace is a #1 Best-Selling Author with 26 books under her belt. 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: $30.00

Date: December 29, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

ON DEMAND: Not in Kansas Anymore: Speculative Fiction World-Building

Class Title: Not in Kansas Anymore: Speculative Fiction World-Building ON DEMAND

Price: $45.00 USD Standard

Where: On Your PC or (Possibly) Other Smart Devices

Instructor: Maria Grace

Class Description:

Speculative fiction is EXPLODING in popularity. Can you say 'Stranger Things'?  Speculative fiction is a genre with incredible range that possesses a sweet spot for all kinds of authors and all sorts of audiences.

From the straight-forward pulp science fiction all the way to epic space opera, this genre offers all that and a bag of chips.

If we look at this from a market standpoint, audiences have never craved science fiction stories on a scale this large...ever.

Audiences want new stories to read and new stories for the screen. Science fiction is an ideal segue from book to film.

We now have entire ROKU channels devoted to speculative fiction, and those channels are desperate to find great stories to feed their famished fans.

It's why Amazon, Netflix,  SyFy, etc. are churning out remakes of older programs. What they really want, however, is to find something they can make into the coveted 'Original.'

A new franchise (this could be you).

Audiences are yearning for the next exciting series to inhale once they finish binge-watching Lost in Space (the remake), Killjoys, Black Mirror, and on and on.

If this is what audiences want? Let's give it to them.

Speculative fiction lives and dies by the quality of our world-building.

In this class you'll learn:

  • What science fiction is and what it isn’t.
  • The basics of SF Genre Science fiction tropes and making them work for you.
  • Don’t settle for low hanging fruit—creating rich milieus.
  • Why, how and to what result?
  • Understanding how the world’s past shapes the future.
  • The key differences between the ‘strange’ and the just plain weird.
  • Alien worlds require research.
  • Making the world’s rules your friend.
  • Ahead warp factor 1.
  • Rules of space travel.
  • Cussing in Klingon.
  • Dealing with alien languages and words.
  • Kondoing your gizmos.
  • De-cluttering your world building.
  • It’s life, but not as we know it—cautions in dealing with aliens.
  • And, time willing, MORE.....

 

About the Instructor:

Maria Grace isa #1 Best-Selling 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: January 6, 2020

Available Spaces: Unlimited

On Demand Populating Planet X: Character Building for Science Fiction

Populating Planet X: Character Building for Science Fiction

Price: $45.00 USD Standard

Where: On Your PC (Or Supported Devices)

When: At Your Convenience

Instructor: Maria Grace

Class Description:

Science fiction (and speculative fiction) is EXPLODING in popularity. Can you say 'Black Mirror,' 'Stranger Things,' or 'Westworld'? 

Science fiction is a genre with incredible range that possesses a sweet spot for all kinds of authors and all sorts of audiences.

If we look at this from a market standpoint, audiences have never craved science fiction stories on a scale this large...ever.

Audiences want new stories to read and new stories for the screen. Science fiction is an ideal segue from book to film.

HBO,  Amazon, Netflix, SyFy, and more are all churning out remakes of older programs. What they really want, however, is to find something they can make into the coveted 'Original.'

A new franchise (this could be you).

Audiences are yearning for the next exciting series to inhale, but what really HOOKS them? Sure technology is vital and strange and wonderful worlds with their own rules and reality are essential.

Ah, but character is the KEY that unlocks the door. Without strong characters that readers/audiences CARE about, our book or series is as good as dead. Humans can't connect to tech, they cannot project onto another dimension.

All great stories are ultimately HUMAN stories. Even when our cast isn't 'human', they must always be HUMAN. How do we find those Earth-bound stories and launch them into the stars?

Good question.

In this class you'll learn:

  • How to decide what characters the story needs 
  • How to use character tropes properly
  • How to craft a character arc
  • How to craft the right character flaws
  • How to avoid unrealistic character traits
  • The role of culture and environments in character development—especially aliens
  • How to craft three-dimensional alien characters
  • How to make alien characters relatable
  • And, time willing, MORE.....

 

About the Instructor:

Maria Grace is the #1 Best Selling Author of over 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: January 6, 2020

Available Spaces: Unlimited

ON DEMAND: More Than Crop Circles: Introduction to Science Fiction

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

Price: $45.00 USD Standard

Where: On your personal computer

Date: Any time you want! (ON DEMAND)

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 you'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 categories
  • How to use genre to market and sell your book!
  • And more...

About the Instructor:

Maria Grace is the #1 Best Selling Author of over 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: January 6, 2020

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Twilight Zone Special: Three Far-Out Classes One Low Price

Twilight Zone Special: 

Includes all THREE science fiction (speculative fiction) classes guaranteed to get you geared up and ready to go.  The descriptions of all THREE classes are listed below so you get a mere HINT of how INCREDIBLE this offer really is.

Maria Grace is a #1 best-selling author of over 23 novels.

She's at the top of our profession in MULTIPLE genres and she's also a fantastic instructor as well, so I am very pleased to be able to offer this level of training here at Bad Lamb Academy.

REFUSE TO BEHAVE!

 

 

 

 

 

***

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 you'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 categories
  • How to use genre to market and sell your book!

 

***

 

Speculative fiction is EXPLODING in popularity. Can you say 'Stranger Things'?  Speculative fiction is a genre with incredible range that possesses a sweet spot for all kinds of authors and all sorts of audiences.

From the straight-forward pulp science fiction all the way to epic space opera, this genre offers all that and a bag of chips.

If we look at this from a market standpoint, audiences have never craved science fiction stories on a scale this large...ever.

Audiences want new stories to read and new stories for the screen. Science fiction is an ideal segue from book to film.

We now have entire ROKU channels devoted to speculative fiction, and those channels are desperate to find great stories to feed their famished fans.

It's why Amazon, Netflix,  SyFy, etc. are churning out remakes of older programs. What they really want, however, is to find something they can make into the coveted 'Original.'

A new franchise (this could be you).

Audiences are yearning for the next exciting series to inhale once they finish binge-watching Lost in Space (the remake), Killjoys, Black Mirror, and on and on.

If this is what audiences want? Let's give it to them.

Speculative fiction lives and dies by the quality of our world-building.

In this class you'll learn:

  • What science fiction is and what it isn’t.
  • The basics of SF Genre Science fiction tropes and making them work for you.
  • Don’t settle for low hanging fruit—creating rich milieus.
  • Why, how and to what result?
  • Understanding how the world’s past shapes the future.
  • The key differences between the ‘strange’ and the just plain weird.
  • Alien worlds require research.
  • Making the world’s rules your friend.
  • Ahead warp factor 1.
  • Rules of space travel.
  • Cussing in Klingon.
  • Dealing with alien languages and words.
  • Kondoing your gizmos.
  • De-cluttering your world building.
  • It’s life, but not as we know it—cautions in dealing with aliens.

 

***

 

Science fiction (and speculative fiction) is EXPLODING in popularity. Can you say 'Black Mirror,' 'Stranger Things,' or 'Westworld'? 

Science fiction is a genre with incredible range that possesses a sweet spot for all kinds of authors and all sorts of audiences.

If we look at this from a market standpoint, audiences have never craved science fiction stories on a scale this large...ever.

Audiences want new stories to read and new stories for the screen. Science fiction is an ideal segue from book to film.

HBO,  Amazon, Netflix, SyFy, and more are all churning out remakes of older programs. What they really want, however, is to find something they can make into the coveted 'Original.'

A new franchise (this could be you).

Audiences are yearning for the next exciting series to inhale, but what really HOOKS them? Sure technology is vital and strange and wonderful worlds with their own rules and reality are essential.

Ah, but character is the KEY that unlocks the door. Without strong characters that readers/audiences CARE about, our book or series is as good as dead. Humans can't connect to tech, they cannot project onto another dimension.

All great stories are ultimately HUMAN stories. Even when our cast isn't 'human', they must always be HUMAN. How do we find those Earth-bound stories and launch them into the stars?

Good question.

In this class you'll learn:

  • How to decide what characters the story needs 
  • How to use character tropes properly
  • How to craft a character arc
  • How to craft the right character flaws
  • How to avoid unrealistic character traits
  • The role of culture and environments in character development—especially aliens
  • How to craft three-dimensional alien characters
  • How to make alien characters relatable

About the Instructor:

Maria Grace isa #1 Best-Selling Author of over 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: $99.00

Date: January 6, 2020

Available Spaces: Unlimited