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Playing the Short Game: How to Leverage Short Fiction in Your Writing Career

Douglas Smith is the multi award-winning Canadian author of Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction.

Learn how short stories can form a crucial part of any fiction writer's career. This session will help you understand the basics of licensing rights for short fiction, why you should always target the top markets, key clauses to look for in short fiction contracts, and much more.

Most importantly, you will learn the many ways a successful short fiction writer can leverage their backlist of published stories far beyond that first sale, including reprints, foreign language sales, audio markets, and collections.

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September 17, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

September Topic: How to Write a Persuasive White Paper that will Establish You as an Expert

On the third Tuesday of every month, the ProWritingAid community is invited to join Andrew (A.J.) Ogilvie, PhD, Professor of Business Communication for an in-depth training and Q&A.



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September 15, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

Ask a Book Doctor: Pacing and Structure with Sally O-J

What is a Book Doctor? A book doctor works alongside the author, looking at everything from plot and characterization to writing technique, dialogue, and texture. If you're wondering how to turn your manuscript from a labor of love into a bestseller, a book doctor's diagnosis might be what you're missing.

In our September 8th session, we talked about pacing and structure (with the help of Frytag's pyramid and The Hobbit).

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September 8, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

How to Navigate the Book Marketing World: A Practical Guide to Finding Readers for Your Book

As an author, the key to getting your book discovered, talked about, and bought is understanding WHY you need to market your book, WHAT you need to do to become an effective book marketer, and HOW to go about accomplishing your book marketing goals.

“How to Navigate the Book Marketing World: A Practical Guide" will help you understand the Whys, Whats, and Hows of book marketing.

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August 27, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

Academic Writing and Publishing for Graduate Students and Junior Scholars

Attendees will receive practical tips for writing various sections of scholarly pieces, including: introductions and problem statements, methodology sections, and conclusions and receive first-hand guidance for the submission, revision, and publication process for most peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Lindy Ledohowski (B.A., B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.) was a former English teacher and then English professor in Canada before becoming an EdTech CEO for academic writing software platform, EssayJack. She has won numerous awards for her teaching, research, and publications, and is now an award-winning entrepreneur. She has published both peer-reviewed scholarship and popular pieces on writing and transitioning from the academy into entrepreneurship.

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August 20, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

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The 5 Essentials of a Scene: How to Make Your Scenes Work and Have Readers Itching to Turn The Page

Good scenes are the building blocks of great books. But, too often, writers settle for subjective opinions about what makes a scene "work." They don't know that there are objective criteria for analyzing a scene to ensure it's riveting and fix it if it's not.

In this 60-minute session, Story Grid Certified Editors Anne Hawley and Rachelle Ramirez will lead you through the five essential elements you need to write compelling scenes that will have readers itching to turn the page.

NOTE: We record all webinars and send out a replay the following day. So, even if you are not able to make this date/time, it's still worth registering to get the recording.

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August 17, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

August Book Doctor Topic: Characterization

On the second Tuesday of every month, the ProWritingAid community is invited to bring all their questions to our favorite Book Doctor, Sally O-J.

What is a Book Doctor? A book doctor works alongside the author, looking at everything from plot and characterization to writing technique, dialogue, and texture. If you're wondering how to turn your manuscript from a labor of love into a bestseller, a book doctor's diagnosis might be what you're missing.

Each webinar will be based around a topic and Sally will provide practical advice and training before opening up for questions from attendees.

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August 11, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

How to Write an Effective Logline for Query Letters

Hook readers, agents, or editors—every time—with a logline that nails the essence of your story.

Loglines are an essential tool for pitching agents, editors, or film producers. This session will cover what a logline is, why you need one, and where it fits in the normal flow of overall story development. You will walk away with a bulletproof template for building a powerful logline for any story regardless of genre, and a methodology for logline development that will serve you on any future story you create. Join our August 6 session for all you need to know.

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August 6, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

ProWritingAid 101

Founder and CEO of ProWritingAid, Chris Banks, will walk you through the ProWritingAid web editor to help you get up and running. See how key features like the Summary Report, Real-Time Checking, and Word Explorer can help you improve your craft. The session will finish with a live Q&A.

Chris Banks is an expert on creativity and language technologies. He started ProWritingAid to help with his own writing, but he soon saw how useful it was for everyone else. Now, he wants to help more people put their ideas into words and those words into the hands (and hearts) of readers.

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August 4, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

Live Q&A with Bestselling Author, Jerry Jenkins

On July 30, the ProWritingAid community is invited to join 21-time New York Times bestselling author Jerry Jenkins for a live Q&A. Jerry is the author of nearly 200 books with sales of more than 71 million copies, including the bestselling Left Behind series.

Jerry will be answering your questions and sharing the writing secrets he's learned over his 40+ year career.

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July 30, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

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