Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”
– Ludwig van Beethoven
Navigating the writing and publishing world without help can be like walking through a maze blindfolded. There are myriad aspects of writing, from plot and dialog to characters, subtext, and much more. Many of these elements work in subtle ways, but have a powerful influence on the success of a story, and ultimately on the career of a writer.
The publishing world has its own obstacles which can be formidable to the uninitiated. Having a great mentor who is a published author, who has experience in the publishing world, and who has helped many other authors get published, empowers you to maximize your talent and effort and achieve the greatest success possible.
Character Development Webinar
Live 90 minute character development webinar Tuesday, November 15, 2016 7pm (EST)
Looking to develop characters so real they jump off the page? Spend 90 minutes with Joyce Sweeney exploring how to make a dynamic character. Explore your character’s arc. Create characters with multidimensional personalities avoiding stereotypes or creating the same characters over and over. You can submit questions ahead of time or ask during the webinar.
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Ten weeks of Revision begins October 10, 2016
Ready to dig deep? Sign up now for ten weeks of video lessons and an interactive forum. Find out why Joyce has so many students who’ve moved on to publication. Class begins October 10, 2016. Each week you gain access to a new videotaped lesson – watch it on your own schedule, and participate in our interactive forum.
Lesson 1 – Little Things Mean A Lot
Lesson 2 – What’s My Problem?
Lesson 3 – Kill the Narrator
Lesson 4 – Words Mean Stuff
Lesson 5 – Eliminate Default Settings
Lesson 6 – Raise the Stakes
Lesson 7 – What’s the Story About?
Lesson 8 – Revision Techniques
Lesson 9 – Peer Review
Lesson 10 – Professional Critiques
Advanced Fiction Writing
Advanced Fiction Writing will be offered beginning June 29, 2015
Lesson 1 – Am I Good Enough?
Lesson 2 – Finding Yourself in Your Story
Lesson 3 – Structure
Lesson 4 – Building a Scene
Lesson 5 – Super Structure
Lesson 6 – The 4th Dimension
Lesson 7 – Dancing with Your Reader
Lesson 8 – Working with Agents and Editors
Lesson 9 – Marketing Your Book
Lesson 10 – The Long Haul
Classes in The Essentials Series examine all areas of a particular brand of writing. This is the perfect class for everyone since we “don’t know what we don’t know.” Essentials courses are for writers of all levels.
Picture Book Essentials
Picture Book Essentials is a ten-session class for writers of all levels. In this class, you’ll learn about all aspects of picture book writing. Joyce includes information on everything from humor, to revision, and finding your inner child. Students will also have access to a password protected forum where they can interact with each other, share assignments, and ask questions. Picture Book Essentials is now offered as an On-Demand course.
Picture Book Essentials – On-Demand
Interested in writing Picture Books? This On-Demand course consists of ten video-taped lessons geared to every aspect of picture book writing. This is the same class offered in the past. This discounted price of $149 gives you 85 days of access to the lessons which you can watch on your own schedule. There is NO forum or feedback in the On-Demand classes. Pay now for immediate access.
Here is a preview of what you’ll find in this course:
Lesson One…………Know Your Reader
Lesson Two……Generating Story Ideas
Lesson Three….Structure: Putting the Bones Together
Lesson Four…….Creating Characters Kids Love
Lesson Five…….Rhyme: The Math of Poetry
Lesson Six……..Use Your Words: Language and Imagery
Lesson Seven……Plot: More Than Fluffy Clouds
Lesson Eight……Humor: Remembering Funny
Lesson Nine…….Revision: But it’s only 500 words?
Lesson Ten……..Marketing: Publishers and Parents
Fiction Writing Essentials
Fiction Writing Essentials is a ten-session class for writers of all levels. In this class, you’ll learn about everything from pre-book decisions to marketing. Each session will include a video lecture, handouts, and assignments. Students will also have access to a forum where they can interact with each other, share assignments, and ask questions.
Ten weeks of videotaped lessons delivered via the internet complete with forum for posting homework and interacting with Joyce.
Here is a preview of what you’ll discover in this course:
Lesson One…………Know Yourself as a Writer
Lesson Two……Concept and Pre-Book Decisions
Lesson Three….Chapter One: How to do Everything at Once
Lesson Four…….Character: The Soul of Your Novel
Lesson Five…….Voice: The Poetry of Fiction
Lesson Six……..Dialog: The Drama of Fiction
Lesson Seven……Plot: The Easiest Thing to Get Wrong
Lesson Eight……Structure: The Key to Emotion
Lesson Nine…….Revision: Why You Need More Than You Think
Lesson Ten……..Marketing: Facing the Dragon
Mama Gets Hitched by Deb Sharp – available at Barnesandnoble.com. See more books by Joyce’s students at Sweeney Success Stories.