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Learn The Invaluable Tips to Writing Your First Draft
12 weeks
Starts Thursday
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Course Details
Dates: 9/8 - 12/1
Length: 12 weeks
Price: $629.99
G. Miki Hayden
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12 Weeks to a First Draft
Course Starts Thursday!

Dive into the world of writing and learn all 12 steps needed to complete a first draft. In this writing workshop you will tackle the steps to writing a book, learn effective writing techniques along the way, and of course, begin writing your first draft.

You'll take an in-depth look at Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird as well as more contemporary novels such as Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge. When you take this workshop, you will learn invaluable tips on writing a book and receive detailed instruction through weekly lessons and writing assignments.

In the workshop, you will be able to finish either a decently developed half draft (of half of your novel) or a rough "in-progress" full draft. However, you'll learn all the tools needed to complete the full first draft. At the end of this workshop, you will have accomplished every writer's goal - an "in-progress" working first draft.

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"Miki is a wonderful instructor. I feel like I learned so much from her and wish I could continue on with her invaluable help!" - JV

What you'll learn:

• How to use effective writing techniques to start the first draft of your novel
• How to create a 12-week plan for writing a first draft of a novel
• How to weave literary elements such as plot, character, setting, style, exposition, dialogue, and tension within your novel
• How to pace your novel
• How to apply Hemingway's "Iceberg Theory" and Chekhov's "Gun Theory" to your writing
About the Instructor:

G. Miki Hayden
G. Miki Hayden
G. Miki Hayden has published mystery, science fiction, and young adult novels with a rave review in the New York Times for her alternate history novel, Pacific Empire. She also has two writing instructionals in print-and her Writing the Mystery was nominated for three genre awards, winning one. Miki has published a steady stream of short fiction in several genres and received an Edgar for her story "The Maids." Miki has taught for Writer's Digest University for the past 13 years.

In 2004 Miki was nominated for a Macavity for the story "War Crimes." In 2005, yet another story received a Derringer nomination. Her short mysteries have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Murderous Intent, Whispering Willows, Futures, Nefarious, Tale Spinner, and Kracked Mirror Mysteries. She also recently sold four stories in a series set in Harlem to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Her cross-genre mysteries have been published in Keen Science Fiction and other small press publications, with a Western/mystery appearing in the award-nominated Unholy Orders from Intrigue Press.

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