My first book, Compass Rose, was the product of the WA. The program gave me the courage, tools, and support I needed to take the manuscript from the mess on my hard drive to something publishable, and perhaps even more valuably, introduced me to a warm and vibrant community of writers and readers. So, when… Continue reading Inside the Writing Academy: Meet Anna Burke
This week in the WA, we’re talking to Anna Burke about exploding genres and subverting tropes. While tropes can be handy, and who doesn’t love a good friends-to-lovers romance, sometimes a writer needs to step out of the norm and explore their boundaries. Margaret Atwood does this beautifully in her collection “Stone Mattress", a book… Continue reading Inside the Writing Academy: with Finnian Burnett
Good bye, 2020! Join the Writing Academy in saying farewell to 2020 as some of our former and current instructors and students chime in on their hopes and dreams for 2021: https://youtu.be/x2KClLwsUOg
Join us on 12/31/2020 as the Writing Academy bids farewell to 2020 with a special year end surprise featuring Finn Burnett, RJ Samuel, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Melissa Brayden, and more!
The holidays are no longer right around the corner. They're here! And with them, comes a special edition of the Writing Academy blog: A Very Happy Holiday Reading List! No matter how you choose to celebrate the season, snuggling up with a reaffirming book is a surefire way to brighten your spirits & bring cheer… Continue reading A Very Happy Holiday Reading List
This week, the Writing Academy welcomed author, and return instructor, Karelia Stetz-Waters for a class on the art of showing, not telling. When you lay a big information dump on your reader, chances are you're telling. When you put an emphasis on showing action in order to convey the emotions you want your reader to… Continue reading The Art of Showing
What the heck is realistic dialogue, and why should you care? This week, Finn Burnett dropped in to answer both questions (and a whole lot more). The purpose of dialogue is to convey information, show relationships, reveal character, and advance your story. Sound easy? Think again. Take, for instance the following dialogue: “I can’t do… Continue reading Writing Realistic Dialogue
Writing Academy instructor, Penny Mickelbury, Announces Upcoming Release of New Book: You Can't Die But Once, #6 in the Gianna Maglione/Mimi Patterson mystery series.
Writing Academy student Lori G. Matthews Announces Release of Debut Book: #CassiNova
Writing Academy Alumnus Kimberly Cooper Griffin Announces Release of New Book: Inkslinger