It’s hard to believe that we are already almost halfway through January! Classes have been scheduled through OIRWA, one per month, through all of 2017. I’ve already started on Christmas gifts for 2017, which is a good thing as 2017 seems poised to fly by as quickly as 2016 did.
Though it seems like July of 2017 is a distant thought, the time between now and then will pass in a flash and we’ll be thinking about July 4th before we know it. With that in mind, it’s time to register for the July 2017 Yellow Highlighter Class.
Yellow Highlighter Classes are different from other classes that I teach. Unlike subject focused classes, like how to write emotion, or how to write sexual tension, where you take a class, learn what you can about a given topic and take another class to learn about a different topic, Yellow Highlighter classes start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through the manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript so that your understanding of a variety of topics grows through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning than can usually be accomplished within a subject focused workshop. Yellow Highlighter classes are very individualized and are focused exclusively on the issues presented by each participant’s manuscript.
Yellow Highlighter Classes are month-long classes which meet three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.) The classes are completely hands on with participants posting excerpts from their works in progress and me going over them, marking them up, offering corrections and suggestions in the same way that I mark up manuscripts I edit for publication. The feedback isn’t specific to just one area, like emotion, sexual tension or plot points. Instead, the markup offered on a single day of the class might highlight weaknesses of many types and might offer suggestions for strengthening a variety of problem areas. A single markup on a single day of the class might address a point of view problem, the need for a beat of silence to break up a line of dialogue, suggestions to strengthen emotional and sexual tension, and suggestions about too much or too little back story.
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.
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.
Here’s what class participants have said about Yellow Highlighter Classes:
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.
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.
UPDATE! Zia’s book is scheduled to release through Black Velvet Seductions January 2017! Watch for it at Amazon!
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!
UPDATE: Leslie’s book Runaway Heart released in March of 2016. Final Kill released December 2016. We’re now working on book #6! Look for Runaway Heart and Final Kill as well as Leslie’s earlier books at Amazon.
I seriously give all the credit for my writing style to 2 great teachers (and this trumps all the workshops and formal writing classes I’ve taken.) Those two wonderful teachers are Margie Lawson and Laurie Sanders. A lot of people can write but not many can actually teach.
In the first class, I learned a lot about my writing, my story, myself, and Laurie’s amazing ability to spot the little things that make a big difference.
Most of the people who 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 the classes are scheduled and booked far in advance. There are a limited number of seats offered for each class. seats typically sell out within 24 hours of the registration opening. If you are interested in a spot in the July Yellow Highlighter Class it is time to register!
The July class will run July 4 – July 27, 2017
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 more words per day are encouraged to purchase more packages. Those who would like 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 the July 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.
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