Is Your New Year's Resolution to Write a Publishable Novel?

If so, I *highly* recommend this class from bestselling novelist and acclaimed teacher Patricia Kay. I was fortunate enough to be taken under her wing years ago, and she's really made a difference in my career.

Eight Weeks - Beginning Novel Writing

Instructor: Patricia Kay

When: February 13 - April 8, 2008

Cost: $175 payable by check or PayPal

An eight-week intensive online writing class concentrating on the most important elements of good fiction: theme, characterization and dialogue, conflict and motivation, story construction emphasizing scene and sequel, and point of view. During the last week of class, a lesson on writing the synopsis and a sample synopsis will also be posted. With each lesson, homework is assigned. It isn't required, but it's recommended that all students do the homework as it helps you learn. In addition to discussion of the lessons and critique of the homework assignments, Pat will answer questions concerning individual projects and/or problems. At the end of the eight weeks, she will read and critique the first 25 pages of your novel as well as a synopsis of no more than five pages. Class size will be limited to what Pat feels she can comfortably handle so that each student gets individual attention.

Eight Weeks - Intermediate Novel Writing

Instructor: Patricia Kay

When: February 13 - April 8, 2008

Cost: $175 payable by check or PayPal

This class was designed to be the second class in Pat's novel writing series, with a prerequisite of completion of the Beginning Novel Writing class. However, if you are a writer who has taken writing classes before, who knows the basics, and who prefers to start with the intermediate class, you can e-mail Pat and the prerequisite may be waived. The intermediate course consists of some review from the beginning class as well as the introduction of more advanced writing techniques, with a concentration on
creating emotional intensity in your work. This is done with a series of lectures, homework assignments, class discussion, and feedback on individual projects. At the end of the eight weeks, Pat will read the first 25 pages of your work-in-progress. Class size will be limited to what Pat feels she can comfortably handle so that each student gets individual attention.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Pat is the USA Today bestselling author of more than forty-six novels of romance and women's fiction. She has more than three million copies of her books in print in eighteen different countries. She sold her first book to Silhouette in 1990 and her first mainstream romance to Berkley in 2000. That book, THE WRONG CHILD, went on to become a best-seller in Sweden and was nominated for a RITA. Pat is a former writing teacher at the University of Houston.

Here's what some of her students have said about her classes:

"As a beginning writer, this class provided the entire path and detailed directions for getting to the end of my story. I've taken many online and onsite classes, but none offered the complete scope of what is required for completing a novel. Your lectures were very instructional, your feedback/availabili ty was insightful and consistent, and sharing with other class members was very helpful. Thank you for providing this valuable class to the online writing community." - Elaine Gray

"Your handouts are so wonderful, Pat. I will be indebted to you for the rest of my writing life. Thank you." - Lynne Marshall -

"Out of all the writers I've listened to over the years, you're the one who has been able to explain things in a language I can understand. Since I first heard you speak about Scene & Sequel on the AskAnAuthorAlll e-mail loop, the aspect of plot has really been clicking for me. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm getting close to being able to put the whole story structure thing together. Yay!" - Sheila Seabrook

"I love this class. I can't sing its praises enough. And I'll tell anyone who's interested it's a great class to take whether you're a newbie or an old pro - you 'll get something out of this class." - Liz Webb

To register for either of these two courses, send an e-mail to Pat at classes@patriciakay .com.If paying by check, send your check for $175 to Patricia Kay, PO Box 441603, Houston, TX 77244-1603. If paying by PayPal, send your payment to pk@patriciakay. com.

Deadline to Register and Pay: Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Comments said…
Well, Colleen, what can I say? That you're a wonderful friend? That you're a terrific writer? That it was as much my good fortune as yours when we became critique partners? All of the above! LOL. Happy New Year to you and yours, including all your readers. May this year be the best ever for all of us.
Why thank you, ma'am, and that's an excellent wish. Hear, hear, and Happy New Year to you!

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