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Better Book Ideas: How to Come Up With an Award-Winning Book Idea By Adding ONE Thing

Whether you’ve been writing for years or you’re just starting out, coming up with fresh ideas never gets easier. Or does it?

In this webinar, Joe Bunting from The Write Practice will take you through how you can come up with better book ideas. You’ll learn how to come up with an award-winning book idea, why the bestselling books of all time follow the "two words" method, and how bestselling authors and screenwriters know if their idea is good or not.

August 13, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

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.

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

Ask a Writing Prof: How to Boost your Business, Studies, or Career in a Practical Way with Exceptional Writing.

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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August 18: How (and why) to Stop Zooming and Start Writing to Be More Effective

August 18, 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.

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

The ProWritingAid Monthly Write-In

Each month, we gather for the ProWritingAid Write-In. Join us as we work through short prompts and share together for feedback.
In our August 25 session, we'll show you how to generate new story ideas when you're stuck.

August 25, 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.

August 27, 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.

September 1, 2020 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK

Ask a Book Doctor, with Sally O-J

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.

On July 14, we'll be looking at "Show, don't tell: What does that mean? And how should authors get the balance right between the two?"

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

Ask a Writing Prof: How to Boost your Business, Studies, or Career in a Practical Way with Exceptional Writing.

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: How to Write a Persuasive White Paper that will Establish You as an Expert
October 20: How to Seal the Deal with an Unforgettable Follow Up Email After an Interview

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

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.

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