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Last few days to register!

WritersOnlineClasses.com is proud to present:


March 15-28, 2008

2 WEEKS $30

Registration ends 14 March 2008

INSTRUCTORS: Laura Baker and Robin Perini


A New Year of Magic!

We are excited to announce a new year of Discovering Story Magic online. And due to the overwhelming response last year, we have 3 special classes for the 2008 schedule!

When you are writing:

· Do your characters become three-dimensional and alive?

· Do conflicts escalate within a tight, interwoven plot?

· Do your subplots and secondary characters broaden the scope and deepen your story?

· Do you know the bedrock truth underlying your story?

Learn how to create this kind of MAGIC every time you sit down to write. This is your chance. Laura Baker and Robin Perini are offering three classes this year based on their acclaimed course, Discovering Story Magic: Introduction advanced and a Master Class.

INTRODUCTION TO DSM: March 15 through March 28, $30.00

There are no pre-requisites for this class

Included in the class:

· The full 21-page handout

· Lessons that walk you through the complete process

· Individual brainstorming on Your story

· Learn as you observe Laura and Robin assisting others with their stories

This classes offer individual, focused, guidance and brainstorming on your stories, and the option of simply watching others as the magic of creating a story unfolds real-time. These interactive, hands-on classes give you tools and skills to make your writing more powerful from the start.

You will learn:

· How to build a firm foundation under your characters using the Character Grid

· How to give your story a backbone by defining its Turning Points

· How to use the Storyboard to organize scenes, control the pacing, and escalate the tension

of your story.

· And, most importantly, how to realize your Vision of the story you want and need to write.

DSM works for all genres of popular fiction and for all levels of writers: multi-published, newbies, “plotters,” and “pantsters.” All have used DSM’s flexible tools to produce salable fiction by weaving together character, conflict, plot, realization, and turning points from the beginning of the writing process through revision and even the synopsis.


“I have no doubt that the story and character development techniques I learned through DISCOVERING STORY MAGIC took my writing from passable to publishable. For the first time, I was able to see a clear process of storytelling that gave me a path without forcing the direction of my story and provided a structure without putting me in a box. The day after I took the seminar, I used everything I’d learned to crystallize characters and map out a plot using a story premise that had previously been nothing but a cobweb of ideas. Within a few days, I was able to start writing and within a few months, I’d finished the book that became my first sale, to Pocket Books. One reviewer called that book “breathtaking…a novel from the soul.” No…it was a novel from DISCOVERING STORY MAGIC! Since then, I’ve sold 14 books to two publishers, within three subgenres under two slightly different names. I’ve completed ten manuscripts and every single one starts with Story Magic!”

—Roxanne St. Claire, national bestselling author and 2005 RITA finalist

“The techniques and grids of DISCOVERING STORY MAGIC are revolutionary. They can help every writer understand the arc and plot development of unforgettable characters. In fact, the format grid has become an important part of my pre-writing. Laura and Robin have tapped into ‘magic’ and created a concept that is a must in every writer’s tool kit.”

—Cathy Maxwell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

“As a writer, I feel obligated to provide my readers with a minimum of two things: believable, interesting characters and a coherent plot. STORY MAGIC, used correctly, is a no-fail system for achieving that—and more. I recommend the system to any writer, new or established, attempting to make a sale in today’s highly competitive publishing environment.

—Jasmine Cresswell, USA Today

bestselling author of more than sixty novels.

Accolades from previous online classes:

“I am so thrilled with your assessment. Your reasoning [about a character flaw] made so much sense that scenes started flashing in my mind. I couldn’t get to the computer fast enough. You and Robin blow me away. I humbly thank you for helping me to sort out the grids so I can make [the story] powerful and meaningful.”

“I now know what’s been missing from this story. I finally “feel” the layers and the textures and the plot is no longer contrived. I’m so excited! I’m digging in, writing my little brain out.”

“Your comments—your time and effort into really thinking about our stories—Wow! From the pantster who sees the grid as more frightening than a blank page…I’ve learned a lot and am ready to move forward!”

“I have many [writing] books. I could never quite get my arms around all the concepts, and I have drawer warmers of (failed) copy to prove that statement. Laura and Robin—all of the hard work that you’ve put into this presentation is obvious in your dedication to responding to every stitch of messaging with such deliberation and attention to detail. My heartfelt thanks goes out to you for your mentoring people and furthering their dreams. I actually have an idea about what a successful (and success producing) process is all about. A million thanks.”


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