Friday, October 29, 2010

Go to school, fool...

Seriously.  Two of the best things I ever did was enroll for my Masters of Arts in Creative Writing and attend two consecutive sessions of Borderlands Press Writers' Bootcamp.  Critique is an absolute MUST for any creative writer, and not only that - there are SO many things about creative writing that CAN be taught.  

Granted, that "spark" or "voice" that separates a creative writer from an academic writer or journalist often can't be taught (though it can be coaxed out), but there things Creative Writers can LEARN, like:

POV rules
Word Economy
Plot Structure & Logic
Characterization/Character Voice

Anyway.  Whatever type of writer I'll become someday, I owe a LOT - if not everything - to my instructors at both Binghamton University and Borderlands' Writers' Bootcamp.  I consider Hiram Grange & The Chosen One to be a direct product of this instruction.

However, not everyone can go AWAY to school.  There are online options available.  Like this one, taught by Bram Stoker Award Winning Editor, Michael Knost.  Check it out - enroll.   Got to school and gets some learnin'! Plus, he's offering free stuff for the first eight people to sign up.  How can you go wrong there?

"Sign up for LEVEL ONE Online Writing Course and get a FREE copy of Specters In Coal Dust!

The first 8 people to sign up for the next LEVEL ONE Online Writing Course will get a FREE copy of my latest anthology Specters In Coal Dust.

I’ve had a lot of folks asking for the return of the earlier online writing courses, so I have decided to kick off from the beginning: the Level One online writing course. I will then schedule the subsequent course levels after that.

Online classes will be conducted live via audio/video conference with PowerPoint presentations and chat lines. Audio or video capabilities (or special software) are NOT required for participation. However, a computer with Internet connection IS required.

Here is the LEVEL ONE Online Writing Course

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Plot and structure.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Description and detail

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Point of View and Dialogue

Thursday, November 25, 2010
Creating great characters

All classes are from: 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Eastern

The course is $120.00, which includes all four classes. 

For questions or confirmations email me at

The first eight people to sign up will receive a free copy of my latest anthology Specters In Coal Dust.

This anthology includes ghost stories set in coal mines from authors such as:

Gary A. Braunbeck
Christopher Golden
Tom Piccirilli
Steve Rasnic Tem
Elizabeth Massie
Lee Thomas
Ronald Kelly
Bev Vincent
William Meikle
Nate Southard
Joshua Reynolds
Barbara Jo Fleming
Michael Bracken

and Brian J. Hatcher.

Click the link below to sign up: "

Sign up now, get a free collection featuring the best in the business, and then receive top notch instruction from the best in the business.  How can you go wrong?