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Upcoming Free Online Events for Writers: Learn With Us

ProWritingAid Trainings

We love offering free training, workshops, and events for writers in our community!

Each month, we host events ourselves and in collaboration with our partners, all aimed at helping you become a better writer.

We will update this article monthly with upcoming training dates so you can sign up for what interests you. Bookmark it now so that you never miss out!


NOTE: We record all sessions, so even if you can't make a certain date/time, it's still worth registering so you receive the replay!


Contents:
  1. Regular Monthly Sessions
  2. ProWritingAid 101
  3. Ask a Book Doctor
  4. Self-Editing School
  5. ProWritingAid 101 For Business
  6. The Monthly ProWritingAid Write-In
  7. Additional Upcoming Sessions
  8. October 11–15: Romance Writers' Week
  9. Missed a session?

Regular Monthly Sessions

We host six free monthly series for all kinds of writers.

Join us live to find out more about ProWritingAid, learn from writing and editing experts, learn new techniques through writing prompts and improve your overall writing craft.

Find out more and sign up below.

ProWritingAid 101

ProWritingAid Webinar

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.


Ask a Book Doctor

October Session: Show, Don't Tell Q&A

ProWritingAid Webinar

Do you feel like something about your manuscript isn’t working, but you’re not sure what? Our favorite book doctor, Sally O-J, can help.

In these monthly sessions, you’ll learn how to actually use popular writing advice and techniques in your writing. And every other month, we’ll be hosting an hour-long Q&A on common problem areas so you can get help with your story.

October 20: Show, Don't Tell Q&A

Bring all of your questions about using "show, don't tell" to the session and put them to Sally live.

PLEASE NOTE: This month's Ask A Book Doctor has been re-scheduled to October 20th. Normal scheduling on the second Tuesday of the month will resume in November.


Self-Editing School

October Topic: What Editors Look for in a Love Story

ProWritingAid Webinar

We've teamed up with Story Coach and founder of First Editing JoEllen Nordström for Self-Editing School. On the third Thursday of every month, you’re invited to join us as we learn how to use self-editing to take a manuscript from a rough first draft to a polished piece ready to send to editors.

Upcoming Topics:

  • October 21: What Editors Look for in a Love Story
  • November 18: How Editors Work to Strengthen Every Scene
  • December 16: Editor Speed Dating: 10 Questions to Ask a Potential Editor for Your Book


ProWritingAid 101 For Business

ProWritingAid Webinar

Do you use ProWritingAid at work? Then join our webinar, ProWritingAid 101 for Business. Our Head of Client Solutions, Tom Wilde, and our B2B Digital Marketing Manager, Micah McGuire, will walk you through our Chrome extension and our most useful reports for business writers. We’ll finish with a live Q&A to answer all your questions about our editing suite.

Next session: September 22


The Monthly ProWritingAid Write-In

October Topic: Crafting a Believable Villain

ProWritingAid Webinar

Each month, we gather for the ProWritingAid Write-In. Join us as we work through short prompts and share together for feedback. The Write-In happens on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

Upcoming write-ins:

  • October: Crafting a Believable Villain
  • November: Plotting a Series
  • December: Short Stories


Additional Upcoming Sessions

In addition to our recurring series, we are proud to host guest presenters for sessions on everything from managing your content workflow to learning how to self publish. Check them out below.


October 11–15: Romance Writers' Week

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ProWritingAid will be hosting our first ever Romance Writers' Week in October. Join hundreds of other romance writers to learn what makes a romance novel swoon-worthy. Whether you're writing contemporary, paranormal, historical, or speculative romance (or something in between), you'll find practical, actionable sessions to help you plan, write, and market your romance story.

Learn from bestselling authors like Tia Williams, Talia Hibbert, Louise Dean, and Carolyn Brown, as well as romance writing experts from Pages & Platforms, Simon & Schuster, Harlequin, Romance Writers of America, and more.


October 19, 2PM ET/7PM UK: Preparing For NaNoWriMo: A Q&A With the Executive Director, Grant Faulkner

Preparing For NaNoWriMo, 2pm ET/7pm UK

November is fast approaching, and with it comes National Novel Writing Month, the writing challenge that asks you to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

That would be daunting to any writer. So we've asked the ultimate NaNo expert—NaNoWriMo Executive Director, Grant Faulkner—to share his advice. Join us for a Q&A and get all your questions answered.


November 11, 2PM ET/7PM UK: How to Improve Your Chances of Winning the Debut Dagger

improve your chances of winning the debut dagger, Nov 11 2pm ET / 7pm UK

Have you been thinking about entering your story for the CWA Debut Dagger this year? The deadline isn't until the end of February but we want to help you prepare.

We've invited Dea Parkin, Secretary of the Crime Writers' Association, and Leigh Russell, Chair of the Debut Dagger judges, to come and share their insider information. Learn what the judges are looking for and how to give your story the best shot at winning.


Missed a session?

Missed a ProWritingAid webinar?


Have a question about how to register, or is there a training session you'd like to see us do? Feel free to contact us here.


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Hayley Milliman

Hayley Milliman

Content Lead

Hayley is the Head of Learning at ProWritingAid. Prior to joining this team, Hayley spent several years as an elementary school teacher and curriculum developer in Memphis, TN. When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink or hiking with her dog.

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Looking forward to the freebies. Thank you!
I am in Asia... your free courses come at a time when I am asleep. Any plans to record these course so can join in?
Hi, yes. We record all the webinars and will post them here afterwards, or if you sign up then you get a link.
I'm unable to join live, as I live in Australia. Will there be any replays? Also, can I submit a question?
Many thanks for the excellent series of webinars!
Thank you!!!!
You're so welcome! :)
Are the Book Doctor webinars actually at 2AM EST?
Woops! The Book Doctor Webinars are actually at 2 PM EST. Thanks for pointing that out! :)
Are you doing a ProWritingAid 101 in July?
Yes! We have a ProWritingAid 101 on the second Tuesday of each month! Here's the link to register for July's: https://prowritingaid.zoom.us/webinar/register/6915722890576/WN_ILwZK-sWQ9eJC-DExP2pFQ
It would be great if you made the note cards you use during the webinars as downloadable PDF’s for viewers. A lot of us would add of them into our notes. I was watching the FANTASY webinar tonight and wish I had your cards. These could be put on your landing page or on the YouTube page. Thanks. Love ProWriting Aid.
Hi there, thanks for commenting! We often make the slides available to attendees so long as we have permission from the folks involved in presenting the webinar. It's always worth checking in with us to see if we can provide you with those slides! Please email your inquiries to hello@prowritingaid.com. :)
Wow! This is some awesome stuff. Thank you.
You are very welcome!

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