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Best Creative Writing Online Courses for Beginners to Advanced

Bones of Storytelling and Scene/Exposition/Progressions teach you everything you need to be a successful writer.

In Bones, learn all the basics of a good story; Concept, theme, plot, character development, structure, antagonistic forces, and setting. Next, apply these basics to your project and form a “writing plan” to get your draft written.

In SE&P, dig into “show, don’t tell” and learn precisely what that often used term actually means, then learn about the arc in every scene that adds your tension, and finally apply all three to your current writing.

Bones: Fall Live Debreif Open for Registration:

Oct. 8, 2024/Tues AM: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST

Oct. 9, 2024/Wed PM: Bones 5:30-7:30 p.m. PST

Live on Zoom. Beginners to advanced. All welcome.

Scene/Exposition/Progression + Peer Mentorship

This is an open enrollment, please contact Jennifer directly for details

jclauck@gmail.com

 

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In-House Retreats

Summer Studio – SOLD OUT

The Summer Studio is six classes, every other week, from June to August with Carolyn and April.

You will workshop with your peers, continue being part of a supportive community, and keep your project going over those long summer months.

Dates/Times/Days: June 11 to Aug. 20, 2024/9:30 a.m. PST to noon/Tuesdays

The cost is on a sliding scale of $350.00-$500.00.

Turning Point Intensive

August 2024: This advanced retreat is for those who have a full or nearly done draft. You need to know your beginning, middle, and end and have writtten through at least one draft.

We’ll spend three days to discuss that draft from the perspective of the core value, structure and plot.

You’ll leave with a clear plan for your revision, a controlling idea, and a definitive plot.

If you are interested in attending, inquire directly at jclauck@gmail.com.

Studio I:

Virtual

Self-study

SI: Bones of Storytelling:

Ten video lectures w/handouts, a reading list, and suggested assignments. Sample a class now: Click here

Whether you’ve not written since high school or have a finished manuscript, this recorded class will teach essential tools on plot, structure, antagonistic forces, and more. You have the option to debrief live with a group in Oct. 2024 (see above), or book with a peer mentor. Contact Jennifer for costs/details.

Once finished, take a live or recorded Scene, Exposition & Progression (below).

Cost to take video class now: $325.00

SI: Scene, Exposition and Progression:

Six video lectures on how to write compelling scenes that draw and hold the reader’s attention, when and how to incorporate exposition, and how to progress the action in a coordinated balance with antagonistic forces.

The recorded program includes handouts, a reading list, and suggested assignments. You have the option to debrief live with a group in January, or book with a peer mentor. Contact Jennifer for details.

Cost to take video class now: $225.00

Jennifer and her team are here to consult:

Full Manuscript Reviews

You’ve written your book but have no idea if it has potential. Should you send it to agents or self-publish it? Or do you need another rewrite? We’re here to help.

With more than thirty years of writing, editing, and publishing experience, Jennifer Lauck and her equally experienced teachers are here to celebrate your accomplishment and to take you where you want to go.

We read your book carefully, paying close attention to your craft and structure, and write a multiple-page report full of insights, suggestions, and comparables. If you choose, extensive copy editing is an option.

Your consultation will provide you with a clear path forward.

Costs are on a sliding scale. Let us know if you want to see a sample of a consult or references.

One-on-One

We also offer one-on-one support to elevate your craft, cultivate your authentic and unique voice, develop your style, and deepen your understanding of storytelling.

One-on-one consultations can be instrumental in sustaining your vision and renewing your inspiration.

This is the fast track for many serious writers at the Studio book to push themselves to the next level to complement the ongoing Studios.

Your work will be pre-read, line-edited, and then discussed over Zoom or in person.

You’ll leave with a recording to listen to again and again.

Costs range from $60.00-$75.00 an hour with a word count of up to 2500.

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I love your teaching style. You’re so passionate and real about the art form. You remind us to sit in the mystery of the unknown. You show us what it takes to go the distance. I love the behind-the-scenes of your own writing and publishing process. 

– Jadah