First The Changes!
I don’t make many changes to things that work – why fix what isn’t broken – right?
That said, the popularity of Yellow Highlighter Classes, the long waiting list for sold-out classes, and the number of people who are disappointed when they don’t get into the classes on registration day have necessitated a couple of changes that I am excited about.
The first change is that I’m adding a few weekend spots most months. This will usually be two or three 1400-word spots and will be available most, but probably not every month. The idea is that the weekend spots will give those on the waiting list a little better chance to get into a class. The weekend classes and the weekday classes are the same number of days–and the same number of words per seat–which brings us to the second change.
In the past, I’ve sold 700-word seats. People who wanted 1400 words (the most common number of words) bought two 700-word sessions to accomplish their 1400 words. Beginning with the May 2018 session (which is this registration), I will no longer be offering 700-word sessions. I will only be offering 1400-word sessions. The price for 1400-word sessions will be $120 which is the same price as two 700-word sessions have been in the past. There are several reasons for this decision, but the main one is that I’ve only offered 1400-word weekend spots and those have worked extremely well. The 1400-word spots allow me to have more control over class size which will, in turn, allow me to offer a couple more spots than I usually offer as it is now. I also think 1400 words is a good number of words to work with. There are fewer breaks in flow and yet there aren’t so many words as to be unwieldy. The weekend spots are working out well so I expect to continue to offer those at least most months which means more opportunities for those on the waiting list.
Now, About Yellow Highlighter Classes
There are many different types of writing classes. I teach many different classes myself, but Yellow Highlighter Classes are unique in that they are entirely hands-on classes using your own work in progress as the textbook. 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 your own speed and addressing only the problems present in your own manuscript. 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 1400-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 markup.
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 and one recently won a Golden Heart. 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 recent classes have sold out within several minutes of registration going live, so if you are interested in a spot in the May 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class it is time to register! Seats will probably be gone if you wait to register.
The May 2018 class will run May 8 – 31, 2018
Class will meet three days per week — Tuesday through Thursday
Each package purchased allows the participant to post 1400 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 2800 words per day should purchase 2 packages. It should, however, be noted that 2800 words is a lot of words and is most appropriate for experienced authors who have highly polished material. 2800 words will be a stretch for newer authors or those whose schedules don’t allow for daily revision. I generally advise 1400 words as a first Yellow Highlighter experience.
There are 12 class days during the session, so purchasing one package of 1400 words per day will move you through 16,800 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 16,800 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 May 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 most 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 May 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.
Check out the site calendar here for other classes, registration dates, and more.
Register Here For The May 2018 Class!