What Yellow Highlighter Classes offer you will depend greatly on what kind of writer you are and what your writing strengths and weaknesses are. For some people they are a chance to have a professional content editor provide feedback on challenging sections of a story. Some authors need help with the opening but are then able to finish the book without assistance. Some authors craft strong openings and struggle later in the book with a saggy middle that lacks tension or suspense, or with characters that resolve their issues too easily (or too soon).
Some authors simply enjoy assistance weaving in the layers of detail, emotion, and motivation that move NaNo projects from rough, quickly written works to fully developed projects that are ready for a publisher or self-publishing. For some the classes simply provide a bit of accountability in that the weekly markups motivate them to keep writing and revising and moving forward with a work in progress.
Yellow Highlighter Classes are all markup. There are no lessons, other than those that are part of the written feedback given as part of the markups themselves. In Yellow Highlighter Classes I go over the excerpts participants post in the same manner that I go over material that I edit for publishers. I look for ways to make the work stronger. I look for areas where the dialogue can be stronger, or better motivated. I look for ways to intensify the chemistry, sexual tension and emotional tension between the characters. I look at the ebb and flow of dramatic tension and look for ways to increase reader tension in areas where it lags. I look at issues related to point of view and depth of point of view making sure that the point of view is consistent and that it is adequately deep in the important turning point scenes. I look for plot missteps, beginnings that aren’t as gripping as they could be, weak middles, and endings that for one reason or another don’t deliver everything they could. In short, I look for all the structural things that could cause a publisher to decline a project. Though I don’t sell myself as a proofreader or grammarian, I do keep an eye out for verb tense issues, misspellings, and problem punctuation.
I have strong ties with Black Velvet Seductions and do editing for them. I often request suitable manuscripts on behalf of Black Velvet Seductions. Several of my Yellow Highlighter alumni have been offered and have accepted contracts from Black Velvet Seductions as well as other publishers. Some have won or finaled in writing contests. A few have self published the manuscripts they edited in class. Some have received revise and resubmit requests from big publishers, including Harlequin.
In Yellow Highlighter Classes each student posts excerpts from a work or works in progress and receive my feedback on their excerpt. The entire four week workshop is spent working through the scenes that participants post.
On Day 1 participants post an excerpt which I go over and mark up. On Day 2 the participant posts any recommended revisions or posts a new excerpt as directed on Day 1. We follow this process generally working our way through the manuscript.
Many authors have used this process to ready their manuscripts for contests, submission, or self-publishing. Black Velvet Seductions uses the classes as a means of editing some of the manuscripts they contract.
As part of the markup, I provide suggestions and instruction on how to deal with the problems presented.
Since feedback is given in a group setting each student benefits not only from the mark-up of their own project but also from the mark-ups provided to all the other members of the class.
If you’ve taken other workshops but are eager to try something a bit more hands on and a bit more focused on the problem points in YOUR manuscript, this workshop may be just what you are looking for.
Most of the people that take a Yellow Highlighter Class come back for them again and again.
The October Class will meet three days per week
Tuesday through Thursday
October 4-27, 2016
Each package purchased allows the participant to post 700 words per day for markup–participants who want to post 1400 words per day should purchase 2 packages. Those who want to post 2100 words per day should purchase 3 packages…and so on.
There are 12 class days during the session. So purchasing one package of 700 words per day will move you through 8,400 words during the month. Most participants follow a process of post, revise, and repost on at least some sections of their manuscript so they finalize less than the full 8,400 words. Manuscripts that are already highly polished move quickly and those that need more work move more slowly.
These classes tend to sell out quickly. If you are receiving a sold out error it is because there are not enough seats available to fulfil your request. If you have more than one package in your cart reduce the number of packages in your cart and try again.
If you have one package in your cart and are still receiving a sold out error then the class is sold out. If you’ve received a sold out error and would like to be added to the waiting list please leave a comment below and let me know you’d like to be added to the waiting list for this class. Though tuition for all classes is considered non-refundable I do make every effort to move people into future classes when life intervenes and they can’t participate as planned. I do maintain a waiting list and am occasionally able to fit people into workshops when others who are registered cannot participate as planned.