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The Heart and Craft of Writing

with Michelle Tea

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About The Class

Find Your Confidence and Inspiration to Complete Your First Book

If you’ve embarked on the process of writing your first book, there’s a good chance that you’re struggling a bit. Books are big, unwieldy creatures, and even the bravest of among us can feel overwhelmed by the thought of filling all those hundreds of blank pages with intelligent, effervescent words.

Award-winning author, editor and teacher Michelle Tea offers this class to help you believe in your abilities as a writer, stick to your goal and push through that first draft. She’ll outline some of the key tricks to writing a great book and inspire you to produce the vibrant, sparkling and unique work that’s inside your head and waiting to come out.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Be specific and avoid vagueness.
  • Bring your five senses to your writing by including sound, light, scent, texture and taste in every scene.
  • Find your pacing: write slow, write strong.
  • Show, don’t tell.
  • Build your unique voice and create a shelf of voices you wish your voice to be in conversation with.
  • Keep your editing brain away from your creative brain.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:13
  2. 02

    Reading, Listening and Participating

    09:29
  3. 03

    Community Keeps You Writing

    02:55
  4. 04

    Don't be Vague and Avoid Cliche

    03:56
  5. 05

    Using Your Five Senses to Build a World

    03:20
  6. 06

    Pacing: Write Slow, Write Strong

    09:45
  7. 07

    Place is a Character

    03:34
  8. 08

    Shame Will Shut You Down

    07:12
  9. 09

    VOICE VOICE VOICE

    09:31
  10. 10

    Editing Brain vs. Creative Brain

    05:12
  11. 11

    Your Work is None of Your Business

    03:09
  12. 12

    Writing from Lists

    08:47
  13. 13

    Quit While You’re Ahead

    03:12
  14. 14

    The First Fifty

    02:15
  15. 15

    Prioritize Your Writing. No One Else Will

    10:35

Meet Your Expert

Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea is the author of over ten works of fiction, memoir, hybrid genre, spirituality, personal essay and poetry. She has edited anthologies on working class experience, personal narrative, queer fiction and fashion. Her writing has appeared in Harpers, Cosmopolitan, The Believer, Marie Claire, n+1, xoJane.com and many other print and web publications. ... read more

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  • Bev

    Bev

    September 2018

    This was an inexpensive course that in my opinion offered great value. Michelle touched on a lot (operative word touched) of information that is informative and validating especially for those of us who are newbies in the world of writers. This is not a course of delving deep into specifics. For me this was a delightful afternoon spent with a writer who shared information and insights from her personal experience. I have some great notes from this course which I can actually apply. Thank You Michelle.

  • Tara

    Tara

    December 2018

    So i'm kind of in this place right now in my writing where I'm having a hard time moving forward and doing the work to finish. Listening to Michelle has helped me get more comfortable with realizing that if I ever want to get anything done I need to do that work. She left me feeling more amped up to continue my work. This is the kind of class that might help you come to the realization of what you need to do to finish your work or it might give you a different view of what you might need to do. I consider myself a novice writer so I think this course is definitely good for people who are starting there writing journey.

  • Pam Clemens

    Pam Clemens

    February 2018

    It pains me to write this review. On the positive side, this class came in a bundle of writing classes, so I am not out $39 for just this. On the negative side, I really did not learn anything, and pretty much all I remember form this course is the woman likes to drink beer. She was very monotone and not all that engaging. I did watch the entire video through to the end. Everything she spoke about is pretty much common sense. I applaud her for teaching this class, but I felt like she spent the entire time talking about herself and her vices. Some people might like her approach, so I encourage people to watch and form their own opinion.

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