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Are you interested in a creative-writing or humor-writing class or series that we aren't currently offering? Would you prefer to watch the webinars at your own pace, on your own time via your web browser?
With our new OnLiten OnDemand courses, you purchase the class or series, and within one to two business days (and often much quicker), we will send you a file that contains all the reference materials for the class(es), links to the recorded webinars, and the instructor's email address. For courses that include sending exercises to the instructor and receiving feedback, you'll be able to contact the instructor to determine when exercises will be sent and feedback will be provided. All links to the recordings will be valid for six months from the date your materials are sent to you.
To learn more about our instructors, see our Online Workshops page.
(six 60-minute sessions, $100 for the series or $20 for individual classes) Includes one session each on Character, Dialogue, Plot, Point-of-View (PoV), Voice and Description. Whether you have a work-in-progress (short story or novel) or are just beginning, each week we'll focus on one aspect of craft that you can apply to your existing work or can use to jumpstart a new project. This series is an overview of craft, which is a perfect starting place for a beginning fiction writer or an experienced writer craving a review.
(one 60-minute session, part 1 of the Toolbox series or $20) It's difficult to say which aspect of the craft of fiction is most important, but focusing on character is by far the easiest starting place. Your main character is responsible for giving the reader some reason to care and keep reading, and that responsibility begins on your very first page. This hour-long course will look at ways to evoke that kind of identification with the reader. We'll examine motivation and personal stakes, ways to develop backstory, and how to handle physical description.
(one 60-minute session, part 2 of the Toolbox series or $20) Every aspect of the craft of fiction is equally important, but nothing makes a reader cringe at an otherwise promising story more than unnatural, clunky dialogue. This hour-long class will cover ten tips for improving dialogue in your novel or stories. Plenty of passages, both published and rejected, will illustrate each tip.
(one 60-minute session, part 3 of the Toolbox series or $20) No matter how compelling your characters or how beautiful your language, you don't have a strong story if it doesn't have a structure. This hour-long class will look at some of the most common plot shapes as well as keys to building effective openings and evocative endings (and pitfalls to avoid with both).
(one 60-minute session, part 4 of the Toolbox series or $20) During this hour, we'll look at the styles of narration you have in your toolbox, and at the pros and cons of those choices. We'll also discuss how to choose a point-of-view character, considerations when using multiple point-of-view characters, and how who tells your story controls your story.
*The Point-of-View course includes the option to receive feedback on your exercises from Katrina. For an additional $20, you may send two exercises to Katrina for detailed feedback. Exercises will be limited to specific word count detailed during the class.
(one 60-minute session, part 5 of the Toolbox series or $20) Whether we're writing in first person or third, it's vital for our characters to have distinctive voices. Even if you're writing with an omniscient narrator, eventually there will be dialogue, and when your characters talk, they should sound like individual people. We'll use this hour to discuss what makes up a voice, look at examples of strong character voices in published work, and delve into exercises designed to help you create those individual voices in your own work.
*The Voice course includes the option to receive feedback on your exercises from Katrina. For an additional $20, you may send two exercises to Katrina for detailed feedback. Exercises will be limited to specific word count detailed during the class.
(one 60-minute session, part 6 of the Toolbox series or $20) Best-selling author Elmore Leonard said, "I try to leave out the parts people skip." Nothing makes a reader skim more than long, flat passages of description. This class is chock-full of exercises designed to make your descriptions come to life. We'll give tired old cliches a makeover, bolster our figurative language, and embrace concrete, sensory details.
*The Description course includes the option to receive feedback on your exercises from Katrina. For an additional $20, you may send two exercises to Katrina for detailed feedback. Exercises will be limited to specific word count detailed during the class.
(five 1-hour sessions, $100) Of all the elements of fiction, character is the most important. From the very opening pages of your story, your main character is responsible for giving the reader some reason to care and keep reading. But how do you evoke that kind of identification with the reader? This five-week series will provide several exercises to strengthen your characters, develop their backstory, handle their physical description, and create their voice. We'll examine how motivation affects character, and all the techniques available in a writer's toolbox to develop a protagonist (and antagonist) a reader can't forget. This series will help you create a character, or give more depth to a character you're already working with in a work-in-progress.
(three 1-hour sessions, $60) Best-selling author Elmore Leonard says, "I try to leave out the parts people skip." Nothing makes a reader skim more than long, flat passages of description. But writers have to describe settings, characters, and action, so how can we make sure we're following Leonard's advice? This class is chock-full of exercises and light homework that will make your descriptions come to life. We'll give tired clichés a makeover, bolster our figurative language, and embrace concrete, sensory details. Each little "tip" will seem so simple on its own, but will have the accumulative effect, giving your writing spark and originality that no reader will want to skip.
(five 60-minute sessions, $100) For writers of any level who either need help kicking off a new piece of fiction or a kick in the pants to continue or finish a work in progress, this class is chock-full of inspiration and motivation. Each week will focus on some aspect of the writing life (such as creating and defending a writing schedule, and dealing with your inner critic). Writing prompts and exercises will lead to the development of a character, the structure of a plot and several story ideas. Writers can build the shape of a story or simply practice craft. And for writers who complete our Inspiration & Motivation series, we offer our six-week Motivation & Momentum option for some one-on-one personal coaching and feedback with Katrina. Note: You must have completed Inspiration & Motivation to enroll in Motivation & Momentum.
(one 60-minute session, $20) Operating under the strong belief that "You can always make it better later; first, you must make it exist," Katrina is a strong supporter of speedy first draft pushes, such as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Is this the year you're finally determined to write a novel? Or maybe you've tried it before but ended up with pages and pages of words…but no real story? Either way, this class can help you move through a draft with a clear roadmap for your novel. We'll focus on questions about character motivation, conflict and personal stakes that will help you keep a plot moving forward and keep your story focused. Like a literary GPS system, this workshop will help you get your bearings before beginning your draft and will prevent you from taking (quite so many) detours along the way. (Hey, the writing process always involves some creative U-turns!)
(one 90-minute session, $30) Have you reached the wonderful, celebratory goal of completing a manuscript? Did you take part in National Novel Writing Month and now you're looking at a giant stack of paper? Are you wondering: What next? Do you find the process of figuring out how to improve the story overwhelming? This 90-minute course will give guidance and direction for the revision and editing process. Practical guidelines and checklists will be given for approaching changes both big and small in your own work. We'll also discuss how to find good, trusted readers, and the pros and cons of writing groups. NOTE: You do NOT have to have a completed manuscript to take or benefit from this class.
*The Revision Checklist course includes the option to receive feedback on the opening 20 pages of your novel or other work in progress from Katrina for an additional $60. Katrina will provide in-depth, detailed feedback throughout the pages, as well as a summary at the end of the manuscript of its strengths and what her suggestions are for revision. She will comment on all elements of craft, including plot, dialogue, voice, character development and character motivation, as well as any grammar issues that are perhaps getting in the way of the story you're trying to tell. She can help strengthen motifs and theme, track character motivation, and help increase conflict and tension where it may be lacking.
(three 60-minute sessions, $60; including weekly instructor feedback, $75) Do you wish you could be as funny on the page as people say you are in person (even if they do say that behind your back)? Is your writing so serious you've had to use the defibrillator paddles on it more than once? Are you just totally stressed out and looking for a way to turn your everyday tragedies into giggles? Well, you've come to the right, uh, write, place. Nationally known comedy writer and instructor Leigh Anne Jasheway will teach you the tricks of the comedy-writing trade, including why visiting your dark side can help boost your funny, how to think outside the box by drawing a box (what?), and why Coke is funnier than Pepsi. This three-week class will give you plenty of tools for adding humor to your blog, your tweets, your novel, your screenplay, your presentations, your classes, your relationships, and your visits to the chiropractor. This series contains brief optional assignments after the first and second classes with optional instructor feedback. Join in for the fun!