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"I cannot tell you how much I value and still think about your writing advice and strategies. The book I wrote after we worked together landed me my agents at InkWell, and back in May, we sold two YA fantasy novels to Wednesday Books/Macmillan. The first one comes out in early 2021!"
To other writers considering this course: Daniel truly has a gift. He’s one of the most patient and encouraging teachers I’ve had. He gives the type of feedback that energizes rather than discourages, the kind that makes you feel like you can rebuild your novel—and rebuild it stronger."
- Allison Saft, author of Down Comes the Night (forthcoming)
Voice comes first.
When you write, your voice will be the first thing people notice.
Before you can make an argument or tell a story, your readers will have already judged your writing: okay, good, or great. Even after a few sentences, people will have made an instinctive decision to like or dislike your work.
That’s why literary agents often say that the first thing they look for is the writer’s voice.
It’s either there or it's not.
Whether you want to write for your blog, or plan a gripping novel, or publish a memoir — improving your writing style is critical. If you can develop an unmistakable voice, every other part of writing becomes easier, because people will happily give you more time.
The good news is that you already have a distinctive way of seeing the world. You are a unique presence in the world.
The trouble, however, is that it’s not always easy to convey our real, true self on the page. Despite our best intentions, we can end up sounding like everyone else, relying on tired sentences and overly familiar images.
And so potential readers switch off, feeling like they aren’t getting enough writing in your writing.
This course will help you present your true voice in your writing.
"Daniel Wallace gives smart, clear-headed editorial advice and his services are well worth every penny. Even working with a literary agency, going through rewrites, I had not received this level of attentiveness, this kind of sensitivity to the project at hand. Daniel responded quickly and was generous with feedback.
His suggestions have helped enormously--and he is particularly astute about issues of plotting, and whether the structure is serving the characters and their story. I hope Daniel Wallace is still accepting clients when I finish my next novel, because his service is invaluable."
- Martha Otis
I believe you are already a striking, remarkable writer. You just need to build your knowledge of techniques and stylistic devices until your writing toolkit is large enough to convey your unique take on the world.
During my PhD in creative writing, I studied forgotten writing theories, old methods for building up writing ability, and scientific research into expert skill aquisition. And as a private writing coach to memorists, advertising executives, and many talented aspiring fiction writers, I developed a toolkit of my own: a series of techniques for teaching profound writing skills in simple, easy to understand lessons.
I’m sharing those award-winning teaching methods in this course.
You will finish the course skilled at
In short, we’ll study how to write clearly and effectively, how to make your readers like and respect you, and how to construct passages and paragraphs that are complex, profound, yet easy for readers to digest.
Now, I’m guessing you are busy. And the study of style is a huge topic.
That’s why I’ve designed this course to be flexible. After testing this course with my beta group, I’ve distilled the key instruction into a small number of video lectures. If you are eager to develop your skills, the course will guide you through an intense sequence of escalating writing challenges. You can share your work in the group discussion board and get feedback.
If, on the other hand, you want to improve your writing, but you know you just don’t have that much free time each week, the course is designed that you can simply watch the videos and respond to as many of the prompts as you can.
I’ve designed this course so that everyone, no matter how little free time they have, can see profound improvements in their writing.
In fact, if you are already working on an existing project, like a novel or a research paper, you’ll be able to incorporate this course into your normal writing sessions.
Every weekend, you’ll watch a couple of short videos, explaining a topic; every other day, you’ll receive a quick writing prompt by email, helping you put words on the blank page and guiding you to try out the skill you learned in the videos.
Once you've completed your prompt, you can share it in our Facebook group, and see how the other writers in the course completed the challenge.
I’m guessing that you love to write. Probably, if everything in your life goes well, you’re going to be spending a lot of hours in the future continuing to write.
The techniques in this course will make all those future hours more rewarding and effective. You’ll end these training sessions a more flexible, powerful, and more confident writer.
"… with your method, I feel less worried. I am relaxed and enjoying the process. A miracle!
I think you are perhaps the most generous person (writing teacher) with your time I have ever met.
- Billie Tomlinson
I've taught writing workshops for Rutgers University, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the University of Tennessee. I've presented craft talks at the AWP Conference and many other writing festivals.
"Not all good writers are good teachers, but Daniel David Wallace (a talented, thoughtful writer himself) is a terrific instructor.
Daniel is attentive to plot, structure, character, and other high-level narrative elements, but you’ll appreciate his ability to zoom in closely on language and sentence-level concerns.
If you can take a class with him, do it!"
- Julia Brown, editor and literary author
Here's why this class can help:
be clear and easily understood
charm your readers and win their trust
describe vivid scenes, full of rich details
write with style even when you write fast
"Daniel respected my work and vision on a profound level but also had a keen editorial eye and a stroke of literary genius that took everything I’d written to the next level.
Is it weird that I think of him as my literary midwife?"
- Tawni Waters, I.L.A. award-winning author of Beauty of the Broken, The Long Ride Home, Siren Song and So Speak the Stars.
Creator of Plotting and Planning Your Novel
Hi, I'm Daniel. I'm a writer, teacher, PhD researcher, and book editor. I create easy-to-implement techniques that help you master the craft of fiction.
I've given lectures on plot at the AWP conference and other writing festivals around the US, and my work has been read at the Iowa Writers Workshop. My fiction has won the Hodges prize, the Toni Brown scholarship, and I've published short stories and essays in many journals. In my regular life, I teach advanced writing skills at a great university.
Since I started teaching online, I've worked with hundreds of writers as a coach and teacher. Over two-thousand writers subscriber to my newsletter, "Writing Related."
I'm currently working with a publisher on a novel set in Taiwan: it involves unhappy English teachers and a ghost.
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course materials for as long as you like.
Now. As soon as you join, you'll get the first first lesson emailed to you.
In the past, I have taught authors working in YA fantasy, literary fiction, supernatural mysteries, crime, and light-hearted adventure. However, I'm not an expert on children's literature (MG or younger).
I would love for you to join us! This course is very applicable to memoir , too.
Yes. I've studied with award-winning, remarkable novelists and editors, and I've read extensively in narrative form and theory. Plus I'm simply a good teacher. Some people are naturally good at jumping or running. Some people are naturally good looking. I don't have any of those skills, sadly -- but I am very good at teaching, coaching, and editing fiction. It's odd talent, maybe, but I'm glad to have it.
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