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The 8 Elements of a Killer Book Proposal

A book proposal is an argument for your idea, a business case for your project, a showcase of your expertise, and a declaration of your voice. It is used by nonfiction writers to invite agents and publishers to invest in your project before you write the book.

Jennie Nash is a book coach who specializes in nonfiction proposals. Join her as she shares insider tricks to developing a proposal that makes an impact.

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.

January 28, 2021 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.

ProWritingAid 101 happens on the first Tuesday of every month.

February 2, 2021 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

Lulu Walkthrough and Q&A

Are you ready to self-publish your book? We've invited Chelsea to show us how Lulu can help. Lulu is one of the top self-publishing and print-on-demand companies out there. Whether you are creating a gift, a book to sell on Amazon, a manual for your office, a portfolio, or any other kind of book for any purpose, Lulu can help make it happen.

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.

February 4, 2021 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

February Topic: Historical Fiction

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.

February 09: Historical Fiction

February 9, 2021 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

5 Principles of Creating Clarity

A deep dive into the fundamentals of clarity, why clarity matters, and why it means so much for our readers.

All writers believe in the value of clarity, and as readers we can confidently describe a sentence or paragraph as clear or unclear.

But most of us don’t really know the specifics of how clarity is produced.

In this live webinar, we talk about how to craft sentences that produce clarity for readers, how to organize information for readers effectively, and how we can create writing that provides a fluid and low-effort reading experience for our audience.

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.

February 11, 2021 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

February Topic: Effective Leadership and Storytelling: Why and How Great Leaders Inspire with Stories

On the third Wednesday 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.

Next session:
February 17: Effective Leadership and Storytelling: Why and How Great Leaders Inspire with Stories

February 17, 2021 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

February Topic: Copy Edit or Developmental Edit: What's the Difference?

Learn how to edit your book! On the third Thursday of every month, you’re invited to join Story Coach JoEllen Nordström for Self-Editing School.

In this session:

Edit your book from beginning to end. Developmental editing starts with your outline. A professional story editor uses unique skills and tools when content editing versus copy editing. Learn what details are important during which stage of editing. Plus, discover which professional editing tools editors use that you can.

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.

February 18, 2021 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

Fantasy Writer's Week

Our first ever Fantasy Writer's Week will be jam-packed with FREE events for fantasy authors. With live sessions with fantasy writers TJ Klune, Angela J. Ford, David Farland and Stephanie BwaBwa, a world-building workshop, a complete World Anvil software walkthrough and more. If you love writing fantasy, this is the event for you.

Register here for the full schedule and to access all free Fantasy Week Events.

World-Building 101: Make Your World Serve Your Story

In this workshop, we'll talk about approaches and methods to world-building, focussing on how to create a world setting which feels rich and unique without getting bogged down in the details that can slow down a project!

We'll discuss tools and strategies you can use, such as world-building meta, to keep your project on track, both in terms of theme and motivations, and make sure your world is serving your novel and story! And, of course, we'll be answering any world-building questions you have!

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.

February 23, 2021 12:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM UK

February Topic: World-Building for Fantasy Writer's Week

Each month, we gather for the ProWritingAid Write-In. Join us as we work through short prompts and share together for feedback.

In our February 23 session, you'll learn how to build a world your readers won't want to leave.

February 23, 2021 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK