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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

Time: ON DEMAND

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

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

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

Price: $45.00 USD Standard

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

Instructor: Maria Grace

Class Description:

Science fiction is EXPLODING in popularity. Can you say 'Stranger Things'?  Science 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 science 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.

Science 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 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: August 25, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

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

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $55 USD Standard

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: $55.00

Date: August 29, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

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

Price: $45.00 USD Standard

Where: From Your PC (and some digital devices)

When: At Your Convenience

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 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: August 31, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited