Part class – part editing, 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. Several current class participants are working on their second and third books through Yellow Highlighter Classes. But 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 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 September 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class it is time to register! Seats will probably be gone if you wait till tomorrow.
The September 2018 class will run September 4 – 27, 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 September class only or whether you’d like to be added for earlier classes as well. Please be specific about which months you’d like to be on the waiting list for.
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–and they are offered by me via email. People who are offered a chance at a weekend spot have 24 hours to contact me to confirm they want the spot and to pay for it. If they don’t contact me within the 24 hours I choose another name and offer the seat to someone else. There are always more people on the waiting list than there are seats available…but I do try to spread them out a bit so that if someone is on the waiting list for several months they get into at least one of the spots. So leave a comment–make sure you are on the waiting list. Be sure you use an email address that you check regularly when you leave your comment asking to be added to the waiting list. This is the email I will use to contact you.
Currently, all weekday classes prior to September 2018 are sold out with multiple people on the waiting list. I will be offering weekend April and May seats soon. If you’re not on the waiting list and want to be, leave a comment now.
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 August 2018 Class!
The price of seats in Yellow Highlighter Classes is $120 per 1400 word per day package.