Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Future online courses


Here's what's coming up.

How to Write Fast workshops
Yosemite January 2015
Bigger Stories
From the Heart of Romance  9/1/14-9/26/14
Write Flash Fiction!
Savvy Authors 12/2/13-12/22/13
Applications and Tools for Writers
 Savvy Authors 11/18/13-11/24/13
Surviving NaNoWriMo
Lowcountry RWA  10/6/14 - 10/31/14  
Power Endings
Savvy Authors 2/3/14-2/16/14
Hacking: Pranksters, Soldiers, and Superheroes
Savvy Authors 6/30/14-7/14/14
The Perfect Setting
Savvy Authors 8/17/14-8/30/14

Note: Some of these may still too new to be listed on the sites. Also, there are many face-to-face courses available and listed on my website.

Hello, all

I don't usually promote my classes here, so this is an experiment.
I have two online courses coming up (Bigger Stories and How to Write Fast) – one
starts tomorrow. Would be happy to see some of you in either or both.

Bigger Stories
: May 1-29

Fire up your readers with twists, turns, shock, and awe. Learn how to demand
more from your characters and to create endings that buzz. Don't hold back. Find
out how to take you stories from good to great.

Lesson 1 Introduction.
Lesson 2 Breaking the Chains and Going Bigger. Getting out of your own way.
Lesson 3 Making Your Tale Epic. Premise, character, and story arc.
Lesson 4 Power Positions – Story Bites Reader. Focus, friends and real
Lesson 5 Beginnings for an ADD World. Attention must be paid – from page one.
Lesson 6 Twists and Turns That Will Leave a Mark. What's the worst that can
Lesson 7 Shocking Revelations. First, surprise yourself.
Lesson 8 Excruciating Details. Senses, settings, and special effects. Conflict,
oh yeah.
Lesson 9 Gut Check. Authenticity, the sadistic writer, and redlining emotion,
Lesson 10 Major Surgery. Merciless restructuring.
Lesson 11 Thrust into the Careless World. Titles as bait, urban myths, and
endings that buzz.
Lesson 12 Abuse of Power. When bigger isn't better, pulling back from the brink,
and the responsibility of the writer.
Lesson 13 Summary and open questions. Looking back and final fixes.

How to Write FAST: May 6 – May 31, 2013

Crank up the efficiency and get that novel, short story, article or script DONE.
Through exercises, evaluations, tips and technologies, you can learn to write
faster. Discover how to break through blocks, get ideas, develop plots, draft
and polish in less time without losing quality.

Using handouts, group discussions, writing samples and exercises this workshop
will cover:
• Identifying obstacles to writing and remedies
• Questions that help build plots, arguments, scenes and synopses
• Developing your process notebook so you can write for results
• Technology that speeds your writing
• Fast identification of prose problems and checklists for rewriting
• Dealing with distractions
• Measurements that keep you on track
• Writer's block and how to use it

Peter Andrews


  1. Great course offerings, Peter! I'll make sure to share them with my FB friends. :)

  2. Thanks, Kourtney. Both of these are in progress now, but an eager person could probably still get into HTWF. Lots more is on the way. I have to update my homepage http://howtowritefast.webs.com/
    By my count I am currently committed to doing 18 sessions of teaching. Most of this is online, covering 6 different courses.