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Five Classes to Level Up Your Writing

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Last week, I shared a snippet of my weekly To-Do list, and many of you noted the “Skillshare” entry that was included. I never used to be a big ‘class taker’ in my spare time, but Skillshare has turned me into a total convert: there are few things I love more than curling up with a laptop and digging into a class so I can learn some new skills. I’ve taken hundreds of classes at this point, and love that I can feel mildly productive while also letting my mind shift into other creative avenues. 

I know many of you are writers out there, so I thought it would be nice to share some of the writing-related classes that I’ve taken in the past. Skillshare is a paid membership program, but if you use the link in this email for each class, you can sign up for 14 days free! Plenty of time to explore some new classes. If this is interesting to you, next week I’ll share my favorite visual arts and illustration classes!

Let’s get to it.

For the Writer Who Needs a Jolt of Inspiration

Creative Writing: Crafting Personal Essays with Impact with Roxane Gay

This one-hour masterclass is an insightful, inspiring look at how to transform your story into a powerful personal essay. Learn how to craft your personal voice with wider context—and write to connect with the people you want to reach.

For the Truth Tellers

Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style with Susan Orlean

In this class, Susan Orlean, best-selling author and longtime New Yorker staff writer, walks us through her writing process for transforming ordinary subjects into exceptional stories. She reveals how she prepares to write, takes a close look at her classic Esquire piece “The American Male at Age Ten,” and delves into why curiosity, revision, and collaboration are at the heart of being a writer.

For the Writer Who Doesn't Have the Time

Creative Writing for All: A Ten Day Journaling Challenge with Emily Gould

Internationally acclaimed author Emily Gould walks you through a 10-day creative writing challenge! Filled with inspiring examples, observation prompts, and clever revision tricks, it's perfect for writers and enthusiasts eager to rekindle creativity in a personal and artful way.

For the Writer who Wants to Go Back to Basics for Big Results

Storytelling 101: Character, Conflict, Context, and Craft with Daniel José Older

This class is for creative writers (both aspiring and established), and everyone who wants a deeper understanding of what makes a great story so captivating. You'll leave this class armed with a tried-and-true framework for writing your own fictional short story, and inspired to put pen to paper.

For the Writer Who Wants to Tell Big Stories for Young Readers

Writing Fiction: Create a Retelling of Your Favorite Story with Kiersten White

Join best-selling author Kiersten White for an exciting and humorous class all about taking familiar tales and creating something unique, innovative, and entirely your own. Through her signature sense of humor, Kiersten shares her step-by-step process for creating a new take on a well-known tale, giving you everything you need to take your favorite story and make it your own.

Let me know if you're interested in more classes like this, and I'll share more in the future with you!

Related: How to Develop a Creative Habit

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