Join me and eleven other writers in a supportive, low-stakes, but serious online writing class.
"This workshop has been so helpful! Daniel gave such detailed, specific feedback on my work, including an additional video shared afterward, that I know exactly what changes to make to create a strong opening to my novel.
Additionally, every week of the workshop, we have focused on a different larger issue - pacing, character development, dialogue - that we discuss using a participant's specific work, but that has applicable uses in our own work as well. Daniel is engaging, responsive, and has the unique ability to steer the workshop conversation without diminishing anyone's comments or ideas.
I highly recommend the workshop!"
- Katie Brown
There's nothing like a good writing class to get you inspired and give you a deadline.
In this six-week writing workshop, we'll meet online once a week to review each other's work, set ourselves some writing goals, and discuss the craft of writing.
The class begins March 10th, 2020.
PS Membership is limited to twelve people. Once twelve seven three more writers register, the class will close for new registrants and you'll be invited to join the waiting list for the next installment of the workshop (late in 2020).
(There are only three spots left now).
It's first come, first served, so if you're interested, sign up to guarantee your spot.
"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
Once you register, I'll invite you to pick a week on our shared calendar. On the Monday of that week, you'll share up to twenty pages of a story, novel chapter, or essay / memoir.
I'll record some video feedback to share with you, giving you tips and suggestions. The rest of the group will write or record their own feedback to share with you confidentially.
On the Sunday of that same week, we'll meet online to discuss your story. We'll have a pleasant, supportive conversation about what's working for us, what's not yet working, and where we had questions.
Each Sunday, we'll look at one-two people's work, for 45 minutes each.
We'll also discuss writing techniques in general and give ourselves a shared goal for the next week's writing or editing.
All the sessions will be recorded so you'll be able to watch them again (or catch up if you're busy that weekend.)
Note: if you don't want to share any work, that's completely fine. I'll use your Sunday time slot for a lesson on a valuable writing skill. You can even tell me what you want me to talk about :-)
"… 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.
I want this workshop to be an engaging, enjoyable experience for you. If we start to feel like the pace is too fast, we can take a week off or add an extra week of workshops at the end.
I'll also be giving general craft advice based on our conversations. If it seems like several people are dealing with the same problem, I'll record or present a craft lecture designed to help us move past that issue.
(If fewer than twelve people sign up, conversely, we may be able to speed up or add new elements to the schedule.)
"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:
Feel Encouraged and supported
It's easier to do creative work when you feel part of a creative community. The group will encourage you to keep going on your writing project.
See How to improve your work
One challenge of the artistic life is that hard to tell whether one's own work is any good... Sometimes our vanity confuses us and makes us think a piece of writing is finished when it's not quite there yet; sometimes our anxieties hide from us when our work is actually good and is ready for readers. Outside feedback speeds up the process a lot.
Set Low-Key goals
We'll agree each week on a low-key, attainable writing goal. You'll have accountability to keep typing away on those keys.
In my experience, the advice one gives to one writer is almost always applicable to writing in general. During our live sessions, I'll relate our discussions to particular craft principles and opportunities, so that even if you're not being workshopped, you'll improve your skills.
"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, YA fantasy writer
"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.
"Daniel was as good an editor as one could ever wish for. In fact, he went way over what I expected, suggesting small revisions and cuts, helping me organize my book... Daniel has a good eye and a very good ear."
- Bill Buege, author of Stumble into a Lighted Room
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.
"This was the course I needed to get me writing again and I am well on my way to finishing my manuscript. Worth it completely."
- Holly Pickett, novelist
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course materials for as long as you like.
Early March, 2020.
At that point, the workshop will close for new entrants and I'll invite everyone else to register for the waiting list for the next class.
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 class is intended to be a low-stakes writing group. But I'll suggest ways we can add to it throughout the course, and if my schedule allows, I'll offer additional editing services if you want them.
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.
Contact me and we'll figure something out. It's tricky to give refunds during the workshop because the space is so limited. There are only 12 spots. But I want you to be happy and while I may not be able to refund you, we can probably figure out an alternative.
Join us anyway and do what you can! You don't even need to share work if you don't want to. Instead, you can give me a craft topic to talk about or a plotting problem you're trying to solve: I'll record a proper craft lecture.
If only one or two people register, we'll probably change the class into more of a one-on-one coaching and advice arrangement. I'll make sure you get a great deal of help and advice with your writing.
Copyright - Daniel David Wallace 2020