On Demand Classes

On Demand

Previously recorded classes including sessions from WANACon.

ON DEMAND The Edge: How to Write Mystery, Suspense & Thriller

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

Instructor: Kristen Lamb


Where: At Your Computer

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...


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

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

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 28, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited