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. 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.

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 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 and a recent class participant won a Golden Heart with the manuscript she worked on in class. Quite a few participants 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.

You can check out what those who take my classes have to say about them on my testimonials page here. 

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 limited to seven participants and the classes are scheduled and booked far in advance. Seats for each class have been selling out withing five or six minutes of the registration opening. If you are interested in a spot in the August 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class it is time to register! Seats will probably be gone if you wait till tomorrow.

The August Class will run August 7 – August 30, 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, though 1400 words is a good number of words for most authors. Those with highly polished manuscripts needing only small corrections might be able to manage 2800 words, but I generally suggest that first-time participants begin with a single 1400 words per day package.

There are 12 class days during the session, so purchasing one package of 700 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 for seats that become available in the weekday class or for a weekend session 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 August class only or whether you’d like to be added for earlier classes as well.

I have been offering two or three weekend spots 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 August 2018 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.

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The price of seats in Yellow Highlighter Classes is $120 per 1400 word per day package.