THIS COURSE IS OPEN FOR PRE-REGISTRATION AND WILL BEGIN ON MAY 25.
The first draft's finished, but it's not the shining gem it was in your head. Maybe the characters are flat, maybe the setting is a cipher, maybe the plot has all the structure of pudding. The book you envisioned is in there somewhere, but you just can't seem to find it. Sound familiar?
For most of us, that first draft is a promising mess; you can see glimmers of the book you wanted, but how to make it shine? Whether your draft is too thin or too fat, has structural flaws or tepid language, this course will help you strengthen story structure, deepen characters, sharpen dialogue, heighten tension, tighten and polish your prose, and just plain make your book better.
You'll learn to:
- Find and fix structural flaws
- Improve pacing
- Deepen character
- Heighten tension
- Avoid common mistakes
- Make more effective use of word choice and sentence structure
- And much more
To keep this course affordable, this is the self-study version. But just because it's self-study doesn't mean you're adrift with no support. If you get stuck or have questions, just send me an email at email@example.com, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
If you prefer more individualized instruction and more hands-on shepherding, you might prefer the premium version of this course.
Module 1: Welcome and Overview
Module 2: First Steps
Module 3: The Big Picture: Plot and Pacing
Module 4: The Big Picture: Character Development
Module 5: Correcting Structural Problems
Module 6: Correcting Character Problems
Module 7: Point of View
Module 8: Finding the True Beginning
Module 9: The Mathematics of Revision (Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing Scenes)
Module 10: Scene by Scene
Module 11: The Power of Language
Module 12: Tighten and Polish
Module 13: Manuscript Formatting
Module 14: Trusted Readers
Module 15: Final Steps
About the instructor
Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and the author of the internationally published, Nashville-based Jared McKean private detective mysteries. She writes a series of author interviews for the International Thriller Writers' The Big Thrill online Magazine and is also a contributor to the Killer Nashville Noir anthology and to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction.
Terrell is a recipient of several awards for service to the crime writing community, including the 2017 Killer Nashville Builder Award and two awards for service to the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA): the 2009 Magnolia Award and the 2017 Silver Quill Award.
A former special education teacher with thirty years of experience as a teacher and trainer, Terrell is a writing coach and consultant who also teaches workshops on the craft and business of writing fiction. Contact her at: http://www.jadenterrell.com.