There are many different types of writing classes. I teach many different classes myself. In fact, I just finished organizing my 2018 teaching schedule for OIRW. I’m pleased to announce that I will be teaching one class each month for them. There are some old favorite classes that are always popular, which will be returning. There are also some new classes which have never been offered before. I’ll be posting the schedule here on the site once it is finalized. I will be offering a free week-long class on the legal ways to change point of view in December, so you’ll want to check that one out. That said, Yellow Highlighter Classes are a different type of class–and it’s time to register now.
Yellow Highlighter Classes are a unique type of class. While other classes offer advice and theory and the occasional homework to teach the basics of one writing related element or another, Yellow Highlighter classes are entirely hands on classes. They start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through your manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript as they come up. This makes every class different and allows you to progress through your work at their own speed. Working this way allows class participants to gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript at the end of a series of classes.
Participants in Yellow Highlighter Classes gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript at the end of a series of classes.
Yellow Highlighter Classes are month-long classes which meet online in a private blog space 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.
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.
In Yellow Highlighter Classes the entire four-week workshop is spent working through the scenes that participants post.
On day 1 the participant posts 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. Several former students have finaled in contests. Quite a few have received publishing contracts. A few have self-published. Classes aren’t solely for authors. Publishers use the classes as a means of editing some of the manuscripts they contract as well.
Since feedback is given in a group setting each student benefits not only from the markup of their own project but also from the markups provided to all the other members of the class.
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 class size is very limited and the classes are scheduled and booked far in advance. Seats for each class typically sell out within 24 hours of the registration opening although the February 2018 class set a new record when all the seats for that class were purchased within 1 minute of the registration opening. If you are interested in a spot in the April 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class it is time to register! Seats will probably be gone if you wait until tomorrow.
The April 2018 class will run April 3 – April 26, 2018
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 (made up of a combination of new and revised 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 fulfill 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 April class only or whether you’d like to be added for earlier classes as well.
I am planning to add a few extra weekend spots during some months to allow those on the waiting list a chance to participate in classes that are otherwise sold out. These spots will ONLY be offered to those on the waiting list–so leave a comment–make sure you are on the waiting list.
Currently, all classes prior to April are sold out with multiple people on the waiting list.
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.
Register Here For The April 2018 Class!
The price of seats in Yellow Highlighter Classes has gone up $10 from $50 to $60.