It being time to register for the January 2017 Yellow Highlighter Class and the fact that I spent time last week organizing my teaching schedule for OIRW for 2017 points up how quickly this year is passing, how soon Christmas will be here, and how quickly January of 2017 will be here.
It also provides for a sense of looking back and thinking about previous Yellow Highlighter Classes and what people who’ve taken them have had to say about them. I think rather than summarizing what people currently taking the classes and what past students have said about them, I’ll post some of my students’ words of praise for the classes. But, before I do that, let me tell you what Yellow Highlighter Classes Are.
Yellow Highlighter Classes are month long classes which meet three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.) Rather than being focused around a given topic (like emotion, plotting, sexual tension, and so on) the classes are focused on giving feedback on actual works in progress that participants post. The feedback isn’t specific to just one area, like emotion, sexual tension or plot points. Instead, the markup highlights weaknesses of many types and offers suggestions for strengthening problem areas. A single markup may address–the idea that it is generally not a good idea to have two main characters whose names begin with the same letter, or sound similar…like Jack and and Mac or Gail and Dale–a point of view problem–the need for a beat of silence to break up a line of dialogue–and a missing reaction when the heroine finds that the locket her ex gave her is the only thing missing after her apartment is ransacked.
The way classes work, participants post a 700 word excerpt each day of class and receive a thorough markup of the excerpt each day that class meets. The markups that are given provide the same kind of feedback that I provide to authors that I am editing for publishers prior to publication. In fact, you may see authors who are editing their manuscripts for publication in the class as there are usually authors working on edits for Black Velvet Seductions in the classes.
The entire four week workshop is spent working through the scenes that participants post in the way that I described above.
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. Publishers use the classes as a means of editing some of the manuscripts they contract.
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.
Laurie published my first book, Accidental Affair, and she contracted two (or was it three?) more. Currently I have three books published with Black Velvet Seductions, I just received the final approval copy from BVS for book #4, Runaway Heart, and Laurie and I are working on book #5, Final Kill. Laurie has truly changed how I write, for the better. Her insights have been invaluable in helping me to deepen the POV and emotional content of my books, and people have rated them all 4 & 5 stars, so we did something right, eh, Laurie?
If you’re new to Laurie’s class, fasten your seat belt and get your learning hat on, because you’re GOING to learn. She will make you a better writer and storyteller, and your readers will thank you!
I’ve been working with Laurie for a while now and owe her a great deal. My story was a NaNoWriMo creation that probably would have stayed unfinished if it hadn’t been for her patience and guidance. Now, it’s over 85k and will probably end close to 100k. Signing up for Laurie’s YHC has been the best thing for my writing.
I am positive of one thing. The practical instruction I’m receiving from you is more valuable than any creative writing course I’ve ever taken. I wish I’d been directed to you long ago! I can see the validity of everything you point out.
The Yellow Highlighter Classes are the most popular classes that I teach. Most of the people that take a Yellow Highlighter Class get enough out of it that they come back for them again and again. Because they are popular and they are time intensive for me to teach there are a limited number of seats offered for each class. The seats typically sell out within 24 hours of the registration opening. If you are interested in a spot in the January Yellow Highlighter Class it is time to register!
The January class will run January 17 – February 9.
Class will meet three days per week — Tuesday through Thursday
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.
As I said above, 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 — please let me know whether you want to be added for this class only or whether you’d like to be added for earlier classes as well.
Though tuition for all classes is non-refundable I do make every effort to offer credits and/or 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.
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